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December 29, 2007

ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview

Filed under: AJAX, ASP.NET AJAX — Joel Rumerman @ 2:28 pm

As I’m sure everyone is aware, Microsoft recently released .NET 3.5 alongside Visual Studio 2008. Contained within these bits is ASP.NET AJAX Framework. It used to be a separate download, but now it comes prepackaged.

This is old news by now. What’s new is that while we were all digesting the new 3.5 bits, Microsoft released a preview of some new capabilities with the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview release. There are lots of things included in the release, but since I’m working on an ASP.NET AJAX book I’m really only interested in the stuff that the AJAX Framework.

I’m just starting to sift through it, but thought that I post some initial links. I’ll follow up with some comments regarding how individual features are implemented

The links


December 20, 2007

I’m Writing a Book!

Filed under: AJAX, ASP.NET AJAX, Book — Tags: , , , , , — Joel Rumerman @ 12:13 pm

So for the past year or so, I’ve been working on an ASP.NET AJAX Extensions book for Addison & Wesley’s Development Series with the all around good guy and genius Adam Calderon.

We’re far enough into the project with enough chapters completed (at least 1st drafts) that we’re going to start talking about the book with the feeling that A&W won’t pull the plug 🙂

So this is the first post announcing to the world that we’re working on a book that will probably (fingers crossed) come out at Tech-Ed 2008 in Orlando, FL.

A&W will be posting a rough cuts of the book in the very, very near future and I’ll add a link to it when I get the URL. You’ll be able to provide comments on the chapters as well as email us directly!

Just to give you a small taste of the topics in this book let me just say that the UpdatePanel is only getting one chapter… We’re going to dive deep into the JavaScript that makes it all work.

Some of the chapter highlights

  1. Detailed Object Oriented concepts in JS with and without the Framework (makes you apprecite the Framework that much more!)
  2. Deep dive into components, controls, and behaviors. How they’re created, the inner workings of the $create method including how to get the properties parameter to do nutty things.
  3. Deep dive into Sys.Application and how it runs the show
  4. How to create server handlers that work like the profile and authentication service so you can create and roll out 3rd party components that do NOT need a web service or WCF service to be installed on the server for client-server communication (amazing insights!)
  5. Tons more!

Keep up with this blog and Adam‘s for more information regarding the book in the coming weeks!

Edit: I can’t believe it’s already on Amazon

December 14, 2007

Taking Longer than Expected …

Filed under: AJAX, ASP.NET AJAX — Tags: , , — Joel Rumerman @ 6:25 am

I was installing the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions CTP Preview this evening and got this awesome message as it was installing.

Taking Too Long

It did eventually install correctly, but I thought it was funny.

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