Two books on Atlas already?

Can you believe we already have two books published on Atlas? Makes me think we have hit on something big here 😉 


Foundations of Atlas: Rapid Ajax Development with ASP.NET 2.0

Programming Atlas


Oh and I just noticed that Matt Gibbs and Bertrand Le Roy (both developers on the Microsoft Atlas team) recently published a nice short overview of Atlas server side support, mostly around using UpdatePanel correctly.  I learned stuff when I read it so I am sure you will too!  


Atlas UpdatePanel Control
Add Ajax interactivity to your ASP.NET 2.0 web pages



How about you?  Any favorite Ajax books?  What book really needs to be written?

Comments (9)

  1. Rafal says:

    Great to see new reading material on atlas.

    From the description it looks like this book is geared more towards developers who have little experience with ajax. Are there any books in the making intended for more senior javascript/ajax/.net developers that would be interested in how atlas works under the hood?

  2. Wallym says:

    We have approximately 100 pages of Atlas content in our book on Ajax with ASP.NET.  🙂

  3. steve says:

    Actually there is more Atlas books coming out

  4. There is a book called Foundation Atlas too, which was released a few weeks back.

  5. I wonder if there aren’t going to be two markets for Atlas over time: those who have a strong javascript background and see Atlas as Microsoft’s implementation of Ajax, and those who (later) come to Atlas from ASP.NET, and see it as an extension of the existing ASP.NET controls and want to see as little of the underlying javascript as possible.

    Many (most? nearly all?) of today’s ASP.NET programmers know very little (and care very little) about the existing javascript generated to make client side validation work, and I suspect the same will be true here: show me pre-packaged Atlas controls that I can drag onto my form and have client side processing with little or no new code.

    I also wonder if Microsoft won’t allow the developer to create C# code that either runs directly on the client or that generates the needed javascript.

    Just some random speculation.


    Jesse Liberty

    O’Reilly Author, Programmer

  6. I’m the author of ‘Foundations of Atlas’ from Apress, and first want to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ for the call out to my book.

    Second, Atlas is a terrific API and it was a real pleasure to work on the book, and the Atlas team were wonderful to work with!

    To answer an earlier comment, Foundations is designed as an easy ‘in’ to Atlas for beginners with some knowledge of ASP.NET, and a nice grounding for others. I’ve tried to document the client and server controls, and one chapter builds a stock charting applicaiton in Atlas from the ground up.

    Right now Atlas is hot hot hot, and deservedly so, so congratulations to the team!

  7. I suspect this looks the beginning of a completely new set of frameworks and programming technologies. If you allow me to mention other: NHibernate.

    Just yesterday, I was chatting with a friend about the lack of books on Atlas. This is really good news.

    Just one question. ¿any Atlas book already translated to Spanish?

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