Yesterday I got tasked with coming up with some UI updates to a very visible page that makes use of ASP.NET AJAX. Yeah, I know, me doing something with the UI, something that involves design! Well, I’ve always heard that simpler is better - and I’m a simple kind of guy so …
Last night I downloaded all the new drops: ASP.NET AJAX v1.0 Beta, ASP.NET AJAX CTP, and the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit. Opened and compiled the toolkit and then began looking at some of the controls and examples. Before too long I settled on the Animation Extender to dislay an absolutely positioned div with a higher z-index then the rest of the content along with a Drop Shadow and off I went. About 12 hours later I was finished. Actually about 2 hours in I was 80% finished - I spent the remaining time chasing down issues with using the controls in a databinding scenario.
Implementation details will come in a later post (too busy getting ready for my presentation now), but I will share my thoughts on Atlas to this point based on my limited experience. I told some co-workers today that I think it is just like other .NET stuff in the early days - if you stick to the basics then you will find plenty of examples, blog posts, forum entries, etc. The more you get off the beaten path, though, the more you are on your own. I am pleased with the controls and examples that have been provided, though. I was able to put together a nice-looking (believe it or not) and slick-working AJAX enabled page.