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Posted by on 30th June, 2005

AJAX  in ASP.NET 2.0 or not?

AJAX in ASP.NET 2.0 or not?

No, not Ajax, Amsterdam football team. The other Ajax… the Asynchroneous Javascript and XML kind.

A recent article by CNet hints that Microsoft is building software, code-named Atlas, that provides developers with tools designed to ease creation of AJAX-style applications. "Developers can use the Atlas software through Microsoft's Visual Studio 2005 development tools and the Web development framework ASP.Net 2.0, both of which are expected to ship in November." But….then there is this comment from the folks at MSDN product feedback in reply to a suggestion of officially adding AJAX support to Whidbey/ASP.NET 2.0: "Thank you for your suggestion. AJAX is definitively gaining attention and is something that the team has given thought to.

Considering where we are in the product cycle, I hope you'll understand that it wouldn't be possible to do this in Whidbey but we'll evaluate the suggestion for a future release" So, what is it? Will the AJAX support be a separate piece that somehow will still work with Visual Studio 2005 to create ASP.NET 2.0 applications?

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