Updated ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit

If you use the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit, you know that our long-time Visual Studio partner DevExpress maintains it, and that it’s free and open-source. Recently they released an updated and improved ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit. You can download this new version here: devexpress.com/act

In a short time that they have taken over the project, they have fixed the most glaring issues along with a number of other changes to make the Toolkit a solid library to have in your ASP.NET application.

What’s New

The new release includes:

  • Stable and working controls. We addressed multiple major tracked bugs to ensure a more stable Control Toolkit.
  • Modern browser support. Previous versions of the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit did not work well in all browsers. With this release the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit works with all popular HTML5 browsers.
  • Support for Visual Studio 2013 Web Forms templates. The Control toolkit now works seamlessly with the Web Forms templates. You can use the Bootstrap support that was added to the templates, and use the Toolkit with Bootstrap.
  • ASP.NET Web Optimization framework support. You can use the bundling and minification feature of ASP.NET with the toolkit. Check out ASP.NET Web Optimization framework to learn more.
  • Dependency cleanup. The AjaxControl Toolkit is factored in a way to only bring in necessary libraries. As a result, it will no longer bring in libraries like AjaxMin, HtmlAgilityPack, or WindowsAzure Storage. All third-party package functionality is extracted to separate packages (ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit.StaticResources, ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit.HtmlEditor.Sanitizer) which are available as NuGet Packages.
  • A great new installer. The new installation experience integrates seamlessly with Visual Studio and registers the Control Toolkit components into the Toolbox.

There’s a full list of what’s new in the v15.1 release available here: What’s New in v15.1

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Read this blog post by DevExpress on the AJAX Control Toolkit for more details on the release, how to upgrade, and report issues. You can file bug reports, make feature suggestions and review the source code online at: ajaxcontroltoolkit.codeplex.com and get the latest version of the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit (DevExpress Edition) from their website: http://devexpress.com/act.

image Pranav Rastogi, Program Manager, ASP.NET and Azure.

Pranav works on ASP.NET and Azure in Microsoft. Pranav holds a MS degree from University of Florida and is a co-author of Professional ASP.NET 4.5 in C# and VB. As an adventure seeker, he travels a lot and can also be found backpacking. You can find him on Twitter at @rustd