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Posts from April 2006

Good news is good news! [Coverage of the "Atlas" Control Toolkit release is favorable!]

I've been watching the web for coverage of the Agility Team's recent "Atlas" Control Toolkit release. Here are some of the links I've found so far:

I know I'm biased [ :) ], but the majority of the coverage so far seems to be positive! That's fantastic, but we know there are some rough edges, too. Fortunately, our friends on the "Atlas" Control Toolkit Forums are helping us identify and remedy any problems they find. If you tried the Toolkit out and had *any* difficulties, we'd love to hear about them on the Forum! (After all, we can't fix what we don't know about.)

Meanwhile, if you know of other links to coverage of the "Atlas" Control Toolkit, please share them with me!

Update: Added AJAX impact link passed on to me by reader Blake Handler.

Update: Added CRN and Register links.

ASP.NET and "Atlas" make AJAX easy [The Agility Team's "Atlas" Control Toolkit is available for download!]

The Agility Team is proud to announce the release of the "Atlas" Control Toolkit! Check out the "Atlas" Control Toolkit page for an overview of the project, a link to the demo web site where you can try out the samples, and a download so you can play around with everything yourself!

Particularly cool stuff that's worth calling out:

  • There are nine different sample controls that you can try right now from the comfort of your own browser!
  • It's really simple to add cool AJAX functionality to existing web sites by adding one of the Toolkit's controls to an existing page and hooking it up to existing page elements! No typing required!!
  • But don't take my word for it - check out the "Using a sample extender" walkthrough to see just how easy it is! (In fact, it's less work to add a control than it is to create the page in the first place!)
  • Creating your own custom controls is also easy, and the included AtlasControlExtender takes care of a bunch of the bookkeeping for you so that you're free to concentrate on the important stuff: adding neat functionality to your site!
  • Again, see how easy it is by reading the "Creating a new extender" walkthrough!
  • The source code to all the controls is part of the download and is being released under the Microsoft Permissive License (Ms-PL) which "... allows you to view, modify, and redistribute the source code for either commercial or non-commercial purposes."! You can do pretty much whatever you want with it!
  • Even better, we'll soon be opening the project up to the community so that *anyone* can add new controls and new features and everyone else can use them to make even better web pages! (More details coming soon...)

Still have questions? Find a problem? Have a cool suggestion? Great!! Go to the "Atlas" Control Toolkit Forum and let us know! We'll be hanging out there doing our best to answer any questions people have. This is an early preview release, so we expect to get lots of good questions and hear lots of fantastic suggestions. Don't be shy - we're looking forward to hearing from you!

ASP.NET is powerful. AJAX is hot. Atlas makes it easy. The AtlasControlToolkit makes it fun!!