ASP.NET Futures Release Showcases New Controls, Capabilities
Microsoft announced ASP.NET Futures in May of 2007, a collection that includes
early versions of new tools for ASP.NET and the Silverlight cross-platform browser
The release expands dynamic language support in ASP.NET, adding Managed JScript
to the previously supported IronPython. The capability is built on Microsoft's
Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR) project, according to the company.
Microsoft showcased Silverlight 1.1 and the DLR at its recent MIX07 conference
in Las Vegas. The technologies sit at the center of the company's strategy for
rich Internet application development.
Also included in the Futures release is a pair of ASP.NET server controls for
working with Silverlight: one for integrating media into Web apps and another
Another feature is a set of server controls that can grab information about
database schemas at runtime and provide customizable display formats.
Microsoft has also developed several new ASP.NET services, including one that
enables developers to add search to Web apps with a commercial search engine's
The company cautions that the features within the Futures release are early
and experimental. It can be downloaded here.