ASP.NET AJAX Control Development with Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 Framework
As an ASP.NET developer, you use controls every day. These controls may be items found by default within the ASP.NET framework, such as the Button, Textbox, and GridView, or they may be from a commercially available third-party control suite. Even with a plethora of tools at your disposal, there always seems to be a need to create your own custom controls. However, controls are often a “black box” for many developers, and it may seem a bit overwhelming to create your own. Even if you are well versed in control development, you may be wondering how to leverage AJAX enhancements in your custom web controls. Throughout the course of this Wrox Blox, you will be using the latest offerings in development from Microsoft, the .NET 3.5 Framework, and Visual Studio 2008 to create custom AJAX web controls. By using the latest versions of .NET and Visual Studio, you will see many enhancements for use in creating the client-side code, not to mention that you will find that all the AJAX additions to ASP.NET integrated into the 3.5 Framework. While this Wrox Blox focuses on .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008, you should find that the code and examples will work with .NET 2.0, Visual Studio 2005, and the ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 Extensions as well.
Introduction to AJAX Web Controls
As ASP.NET developers, we are all very familiar with web controls, but the concept of an AJAX web control may be new to you. Simply put, AJAX is ...