VS 2008

Without posting again about the availability of Visual Studio 2008 (as mentioned here by Andrew Connell), I’ve installed and been using the final RTM version.

So much for the simultaneous launch of Visual Studio, SQL Server and Windows Server !!   

One of the biggest projects I’ve undertaken lately was a .NET 2.0, VS-2005 and (introduced) AJAX into the mix.

We had lots of troubles – and may have been a bad choice to lead the charge on a v1.0 release (of AJAX).

Well – it’s now baked into .NET 3.5 – and thus standard as part of Visual Studio 2008 – for a .NET 3.5 application :

ASP.NET AJAX is a free framework for quickly creating efficient and interactive Web applications that work across all popular browsers.

ASP.NET AJAX is built-into ASP.NET 3.5.

It is also available as a separate download for ASP.NET 2.0.

One cool feature of VS 2008 is the ability to target a 2.0, 3.0 or 3.5 framework version.

Further to AJAX itself, is the AJAX Control Toolkit

Click here to see some of it in action – some neat functionality that you can simple add to your own project/s.

As mentioned, we had some troubles with AJAX – and there’s been a recent update.   Including, an update to the Control Toolkit.

You voted lots, we fixed lots [AJAX Control Toolkit release!]

There are now two versions – for the .NET 2.0 and 3.0 world – in which AJAX is an add-on.   As well as the baked-in 3.5 world.

Here ’tis : AJAX Control Toolkit Project Page on CodePlex

Version 3.5.11119.0 for .NET Framework 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008

Toolkit version 3.5.11119.0 is supported on .NET 3.5 Framework and Visual Studio 2008. It has specific fixes that will make your designer experience in Visual Studio 2008 much better when working with extenders.

Note: Toolkit version 3.5.11119.0 is only for users who are building on top of .NET Framework 3.5 using Visual Studio 2008.

If you are using .NET Framework 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005 then you should use Toolkit version 1.0.11119.0.

Click here to download – there are actually FOUR versions.    With & without source code – in the two different framework editions.

AjaxControlToolkit-Framework3.5.zip is the full release package with complete source code to all controls, the test framework, VSI, and more.

AjaxControlToolkit-Framework3.5-NoSource.zip contains only the sample web site and VSI and is for people who don’t need or want the source code for the controls

I’m off to try out the old .NET 2.0 application source code within VS-2008 – will upgrade some bits to the 3.5 framework – and see what happens with the new AJAX toolkit also.


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