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Stephen IbarakiIndustry AnalystFCIPS, I.S.P., ITCP/IP3P, DFNPA, CNP, FGITCA, MVP
With AJAX, in your client scripts you make asynchronous calls to Web services using XML (XMLHTTP) data transfer. An example of an AJAX-style application is the Microsoft Virtual Earth Site: www.virtualearth.com
[See the blog by invited guest expert Yong Tao about AJAX:http://blogs.technet.com/cdnitmanagers/archive/2006/02/02/418607.aspx ]
However, AJAX has it complexities and the reality is that you want to stay with what you know - your investment in Microsoft technologies. In addition, why not plan for a package of technologies that are the next generation above AJAX with more power and less complexity? Microsoft has the answer in Atlas which extends AJAX.
As Managers, you are telling us that you are tight for time and you want a one-stop accessible source that provides a good road-map of the technologies that you must be considering. So here's the answer--a link that defines AJAX and Atlas and then provides examples to get you started:http://atlas.asp.net/docs/understanding.doc
The general portal for Atlas is:http://www.asp.net/default.aspx?tabindex=7&tabid=47
See also:ASP.NET Atlas OverviewWalkthrough: Creating a Basic ASP.NET "Atlas" Web ApplicationWalkthrough: Creating a Declarative Web Application with ASP.NET "Atlas"Walkthrough: Creating an Auto-completion Text Box with ASP.NET Walkthrough: Using ASP.NET "Atlas" Auto-completion with a Server ControlWalkthrough: Creating an "Atlas" Web Application with Data-binding and TemplatesThank you,Stephen Ibaraki