Written by: Cristian Darie, Bogdan Brinzarea
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Back when Atlas was in its infancy, many people simply regarded the framework as introducing a few new server controls. Thus, they assumed that getting to grips with the whole Atlas stack would be dead easy! Every Atlas CTP brought with it a wealth of new features - it was obvious after the first few CTP's that Atlas was going to be a major extension of the core ASP.NET product.
There are two sides to any story
The book begins by explaining the whole AJAX phenomena and its practical application in web applications today. This is perfect for those approaching AJAX for the first ever time - and the authors set the scene well.
Object oriented methodologies and their implementation
This book also features a very good chapter on the creation of components with the aid of the Microsoft AJAX Library, and goes through the use of the client page lifecycle.
Bringing it all together
As you reach the end of the book, you'll find a chapter dedicated to the creation of two components: Timer, and EnhancedTextBox. This chapter is all about applying what you have gradually been learning throughout the book - and it does an excellent job.
At the end of the book there is an appendix covering more of the Microsoft AJAX Libraries features, like regular expressions, the string class, etc. This is a useful resource if you think that the documentation on the ASP.NET site is not clear enough.
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