"Atlas" Control Toolkit available for download


Here.  Okay, yeah, it took a little longer than I’d hoped but we made some improvements in the meantime.


Check out all the details on the Atlas website, and we’ve created a forum for the toolkit as well.  The controls in the toolkit are basically preview quality.  They work at basic scenarios and we’ll be releasing refreshes to deal with issues as we find them.  But what’s more important to me is that they’ll hopefully give you examples to start writing controls of your own. 


The toolkit includes full source for all of the controls, plus the sample website that demonstrates them.  The source is licensed under the Microsoft Permissive License which allows you to modify and reuse the code as you see fit.


The toolkit also includes a VSI that sets up an “Atlas Control Project” template on your machine (VB and C# versions) that will help you get started writing your own controls.


But the best part is yet to come.  We’re doing something new and different here – this set of controls is more than just a add-on pack, it’s going to be the kernel of a shared source project that we’re starting around it.  Basically, my mission is to band together with our users (you!) and turn this tookit into the biggest, baddest set of web client UI extensions around.  We’re still working out the details for how this is going to work but it shouldn’t be too much longer.  Whether you are building an website that you want to bring to life or you want to hack out some radial JavaScript, this project will be the place for you.  Stay tuned.


In any case, start dreaming of the cool Atlas controls and extenders that you want to write and make it happen!


 


 

Comments (20)

  1. PWills says:

    >> We’re doing something new and different here… the kernel of a shared source project

    Is there any interest from MSFT in setting up a SourceForge project (or similar shared repository) for the Atlas control bits? That way everyone could contribute easily in the same way that the community is contributing to the AJAX Prototype library for Ruby on Rails. Just a thought…

  2. Yes definitely – that’s *basically* what we’re doing.  We’re just working out all the details of exactly where it’s going to live, how the contribution model works, etc. Should be ready to talk more about it in a few weeks.

  3. It has been a busy week over here, but we just released the "Atlas" Control Toolkit — a must see for…

  4. Recon_609 says:

    special request: a masked textbox 🙂

  5. Yeah a masked textbox is definitely something I’m considering (strongly).  Do you want to write one? 🙂

  6. Garry Trinder says:

    whoa! What’s this???

    An Atlas release that includes an actual ON-LINE demo???  

    One that actually let’s you see what it does without you having to download stuff, and set up a test web site, and enter data ???

    How’s that happen????

  7. A few minutes ago, I turned to Dave Bost, MS developer evangelist in the Midwest region, and asked, "Is…

  8. Delay's Blog says:

       I’ve been watching the web for coverage of the Agility Team’s recent "Atlas"

       Control Toolkit…

  9. Shawn and his team just released a set of Atlas controls that you might want to check out. It contains

  10. atlasgal says:

    I need to use the accordion control for displaying the search results. Only when I click on that record, it should bring the complete details about that record and display it.

    To do that, I want to know if there is any way I can add required number of accordion panes programmatically depending on the number of results I get?

  11. Shawn and his team just released a set of Atlas controls that you might want to check out. It contains

  12. Delay's Blog says:

    I’ve been watching the web for coverage of the Agility Team’s recent "Atlas" Control Toolkit release.