Microsoft Updates Ajax Library Preview

Microsoft has updated the Microsoft Ajax Library (Preview 6). Scott Gurthie announced the update on his blog in a posting, Announcing Microsoft Ajax Library (Preview 6) and the Microsoft Ajax Minifier.

This update includes a bunch of new capabilities and improvements to our client-side AJAX library, and can be used with any version of ASP.NET (including ASP.NET 2.0, 3.5 and 4.0), and can be used in both ASP.NET Web Forms and ASP.NET MVC projects.

The update includes a new, simplified code syntax for creating client controls, a new client-side script loader that dynamically loads Javascript files, and better jQuery integration.

You can download the release from the ASP.NET CodePlex website. It includes lots of sample code. See Microsoft Ajax Library Preview 6.

In addition to the client library improvements, we also today released a new (free) Microsoft AJAX Minifier tool.  This tool allows you to substantially improve the performance of your websites by reducing the size of your JavaScript files.  It can be run both as a command-line tool, and also ships as a Visual Studio MSBuild task that you can integrate into your VS projects to automatically minify your JavaScript files whenever you do a build.

For more information, see Announcing Microsoft Ajax Library (Preview 6) and the Microsoft Ajax Minifier.


Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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