In this article I will explain how you can integrate the AJAX framework into a web site and very easily create an AJAX enabled web site within Visual Studio 2005 utilizing C#.
What this article will try to do is help point you to the helpful web sites available and condense your search and learning curve with AJAX as far as what it is, where do I find it and once I do find it how does it work. I will try to show you where you can find the various articles and videos that go into great detail on the vast functionality available with AJAX. In our next article in this series I will show you a simple example of using this framework to create a PasswordStrength validation process.
Let’s start with what is AJAX and what can I do with it?
ASP.NET AJAX is a free framework for quickly creating efficient and interactive Web applications that work across all popular browsers.
With ASP.NET AJAX you can:
Create interfaces with AJAX components that can be reused.
Upgrade your existing pages with AJAX controls.
AJAX comes with support for all modern browsers
In a way and strictly speaking AJAX itself is not a technology, it mixes well-known programming techniques in a unique and uncommon way to enable programmers to develop Internet applications with a “WinForms” look and feel and a much more appealing user interface than we were able to develop in the past.
What we will learn in this article:
What is AJAX
How to find all of the necessary downloads for AJAX
How to find the easy to follow tutorials at ASP.NET
How to setup our environment with AJAX
AJAX functionality is integrated in ASP.NET 3.5 and does not require any additional downloads. If you are using ASP.NET 3.5 this article does not apply to you.
Getting Started with AJAX
Before we begin coding we will need to download the AJAX framework and install it onto our system in order to have the framework available for us to create our first AJAX web project. You can find out everything you need to know regarding AJAX at:
This web site is where you will find information on ASP.Net and AJAX, there are numerous articles, books, downloads and tutorials available on this site that will help guide you through the different options that AJAX offers for your web development.
You can find a helpful tutorial at ASP.NET that will help explain “How you get started with AJAX”. This video will help guide you through the process step by step and is very informative. You can find this video at:
In order to use AJAX you will need to first install the “ASP.NET AJAX Extensions 1.0” and the “ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit” found on the ASP.NET web site mentioned earlier in the article. When you get to ASP.NET site you will need to click on the “AJAX” link to get to the home page for AJAX. Once you are on the home page click on the “Downloads” link to get to the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit.
The download site is located at:
The first file you will need to download and install to utilize the functionality within AJAX is the “ASP.NET AJAX Extensions 1.0”. The extension setup package is the framework for AJAX and needs to be installed before the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit.
The second file you will need to download and install is the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit which holds the controls that you will use in your application. When these controls are added to your Toolbox panel you will be able to drop these controls onto your web page exactly like you would with the controls that come as part of Visual Studio. Here is what you need to do to install the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit.
Configure Visual Studio 2005
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