Yesterday, I went to the Orlando .NET User Group meeting which featured a presentation by Joe Healy from Microsoft on ASP.NET Ajax (formerly Atlas).
It was actually my first time going to one of these meetings. Tried to go to a couple of the London .NET User Group meetings before, though something always ended up getting in the way, and it never quite happened.
Now that I’ve been, I regret not going earlier. It’s a great way to get info on new microsoft technology, meet other developers, etc. There was so much energy in the room yesterday; it was great just listening to Joe, Shawn and another tech in the room throw around ideas of how to make parking easier at UCF.
Reminded me how different it is working at home, away from other developers and the interesting banter around the office. Need to try get a cheap office around here somewhere, maybe just renting a desk. Ideally some web development company that has a spare desk going.
But, that aside, the presentation on ASP.NET Ajax was really good. I’ve done very little work in Ajax, only briefly using Ajax.NET Professional on a project (for some small functionality).
An interesting point that Joe Healy made, was that any professional web developer out there really needs to be familar with some sort of Ajax framework, as this is what clients are now expecting. Although Microsoft were one of the first to use the XmlHttpRequest idea of asynchronous postbacks in Outlook Web Access, back in 1998, Google really raised the bar of what can be done with their Maps and GMail applications.
Definitely need to check out the ASP.NET Ajax stuff though. It looks really impressive, and plugs into ASP.NET pretty easily with server controls, etc.
Not going to be doing any Ajax stuff until I get this Classic ASP project and DotLucene / SearchBlackBox stuff out the way though.
[tags]orlando, .net user group, asp.net ajax[/tags]