What is "Atlas"?

Q: What is "Atlas"?

A: "Atlas" is the code name for a set of ASP.Net technologies used to add Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript And XML) support to ASP.NET. It consists of a client-side script framework, server controls, and more. In other words, Atlas is Microsoft's implementation of Ajax.

This new Web development technology from Microsoft integrates client script libraries with the ASP.NET 2.0 server-based development framework. In addition, "Atlas" offers you the same type of development platform for client-based Web pages that ASP.NET offers for server-based pages. And because "Atlas" is an extension of ASP.NET, it is fully integrated with server-based services. "Atlas" makes it possible to easily take advantage of AJAX techniques on the Web and enables you to create ASP.NET pages with a rich, responsive UI and server communication. However, "Atlas" isn’t just for ASP.NET. You can take advantage of the rich client framework to easily build client-centric Web applications that integrate with any backend data provider.
  • “Atlas” enables you to take full advantage of the capabilities of the browser to deliver richer web experiences that work on any modern browser.
  • “Atlas” enables ASP.NET developers to enrich their web applications with incredible ease.
  • “Atlas” includes a rich client-side Javascript framework that enables easy creation and reuse of script components and rich client-side behaviors.
  • “Atlas” makes it super easy to consume services from ASP.NET, and to build composite applications from services on the programmable web.
For more information, go to http://atlas.asp.net. To download the latest CTP (Community Technology Preview), go to http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=D746076A-3352-4407-B9D5-832BA4DFFC7B&displaylang=en


Mark Harr said…
Do I assume that you are now using Atlas in a project? Like to hear more about it?
I'm not currently using Atlas, but that can easily change. Stayed tuned for more blog entries on practical uses of Atlas.

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