Web Application Toolkits provide a packaged set of samples, documentation, templates, controls etc to get up and running quickly with a particular technology. When you just want a bit of help to build an IE8 Accelerator or want to add search to your site, the Web Application Toolkit provides comprehensive documentation as well as a running sample so you can understand exactly what’s going on.
Currently there are Web Application Toolkits for:
- REST Services
- Mobile Web Applications
- Template-Driven Email
- Making your Website Social
- Bing Search
I’ve been taking a look at the IE8 Toolkit – given my recent foray into accelerators, webslices and search providers – and found it makes life even easier. The ASP.NET control and extender samples wrap up the functionality very neatly and make it a doddle to extend IE8. I’ll take a look at updating my Trafficify app using the toolkit in a later post.