WebForms+Ajax-like framework for .net?



  • A company I'm ocassionally working for has plans to rebuild several applications made in Oracle Forms with asp.net. I expect this transition would be relatively easier if we use a framework that "thinks" in comparable terms, i.e. "forms" and "controls". WebForms looks like a possible way to go, but I think it would be nice to have the responsiveness of an Ajax application. Which  .net frameworks exist that allow for a relatively abstract definition of "forms", while using ajax for a better user experience?



  • My company purchased the ASP.NET control suite from telerik (http://www.telerik.com/) back in March, and the apps we're using it in are drastically improved for it.  They just released a new control this week called the rad AjaxManager.  Essentially, you drop it on the page, tell it which controls initiate server requests, and which controls each should update, and it automagically ajaxifies the page.  It is pretty slick -- go take a look and download the trial versions.  Their support is top notch, even though they are based half a world away from us (we're in the US, they're in Bulgaria).

    They've also got a bunch of other Ajaxy controls in the suite, all very nicely polished and easy to work with.  Hope that helps...



  • @rswafford said:

    My company purchased the ASP.NET control suite from telerik (http://www.telerik.com/) back in March, and the apps we're using it in are drastically improved for it.  They just released a new control this week called the rad AjaxManager.  Essentially, you drop it on the page, tell it which controls initiate server requests, and which controls each should update, and it automagically ajaxifies the page.  It is pretty slick -- go take a look and download the trial versions.  Their support is top notch, even though they are based half a world away from us (we're in the US, they're in Bulgaria).

    They've also got a bunch of other Ajaxy controls in the suite, all very nicely polished and easy to work with.  Hope that helps...

    I'll second the Telerik support.  If it's any concern at all, the support I got was prompt and written in very understandable English.  They definitely take care of their customers.



  • Thanks a lot for your advice!



  • AJAX frameworks for ASP.NET

    http://www.daniel-zeiss.de/AJAXComparison/Results.htm

    Dunno if that helps.



  • @Sunday Ironfoot said:

    AJAX frameworks for ASP.NET

    http://www.daniel-zeiss.de/AJAXComparison/Results.htm

    Dunno if that helps.



    Wow. I'm impressed. Thanks a lot.



  • We've been using Atlas. Even though it's currently CTP, we've been impressed by it's functionality and stability. It's free and integrates well with the VS IDE. It allows you to do most things declaratively (via markup) or by writing some JS yourself. Development is easy and performance is good.

    HTH



  • I've heard the current CTP version of Atlas only supports IE browsers, but that they'll be adding multi browser support in the final version. Any truth in that? Otherwise ATLAS looks interesting and will have to investigate it, I'm doing my Masters disertation on Ajax.



  • @Sunday Ironfoot said:

    I've heard the current CTP version of Atlas only supports IE browsers, but that they'll be adding multi browser support in the final version. Any truth in that? Otherwise ATLAS looks interesting and will have to investigate it, I'm doing my Masters disertation on Ajax.

    We run IE and Firefox on Atlas, no problem.
    Haven't tested others yet.


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