Foundations of Atlas: Rapid Ajax Development with ASP.NET 2.0
Chapters 6 and 7 cover Atlas server-side controls. Chapter 8 on data binding shows readers how to leverage the objects in the Sys.Data and Sys.UI.Data namespaces to dynamically deliver data to ListView, ItemView, and DataTable controls. The real eye candy that progressive Web site designers use to impress visitors is covered in the next chapter, which covers the AtlasUIGlitz library. Fade in/out, opacity settings, and simple animation examples are provided. The book concludes with a chapter on creating an example mapping Web application using Atlas and Microsoft s VirtualEarth service on Windows Live, and the final chapter wraps up with an Ajax-enabled ASP.NET 2.0 stock lookup application.
This is a relatively short book compared to other Microsoft technology titles. As such, the book is void of any insightful discussions about the future of Atlas. For instance, how much custom code should a developer expect to write and manage, and what code is likely to be replaced by a future Atlas object? The book also lacks a case study or even an answer to the question of what practical, real-world, proven ROI uses for Ajax/Atlas exist. What about Microsoft s commitment to the technology? How rapidly is it expected to evolve? What about an appendix on Ajax-enabled third-party controls that can interact or at least co-exist with Atlas?
When it comes right down to it, Foundations of Atlas is simply a nuts and bolts how-to book for developers seeking a working explanation of Microsoft s Ajax-enabled technology. The title is devoid of deep analysis, gritty Ajax dissection, optimization considerations, or forward-looking expositions. As the Atlas architecture improves and becomes just another assembly in the evolving ASP.NET collection, the topic will no doubt be included in future ASP.NET tutorial books much the way Web services is a staple chapter in ASP.NET 2.0 primers today. Until that day comes, this is one of the few books solely dedicated to the subject; while not stellar, it offers enough for you to quickly understand and employ this UI phenomenon reshaping the Web today.
Title: Foundations of Atlas: Rapid Ajax Development with ASP.NET 2.0
Author: Laurence Moroney
Page Count: 314