Tuesday, January 9, 2007

New AJAX Framework for the ASP.NET 1.1

ASPI have been constantly searching for the Ajax development for ASP.NET 1.1 technology. I want the ajax framework should be as simple as Ajax framework provided by Microsoft for ASP.NET 1.1.

After Searching So Far i have found a framework called Magicajax.net.

MagicAjax.NET is a free open-source framework, designed to make it easier and more intuitive for developers to integrate AJAX technology into their web pages, without replacing the ASP.NET controls and/or writing tons of javascript code. MagicAjax initially appeared as a codeproject article. Now it is hosted on Sourceforge and you can find the latest release at the downloads section.

It has some great features like following..

Easy integration

  • Just a few lines in web.config are enough to have MagicAjax
  • Only one easy to use control (AjaxPanel) is required to be your page to enable the AJAX functionality


  • You put the part of your page that you want to have AJAX =
    functionality inside an Ajax Panel and that's it; the Magic Ajax framework takes care all of the intrinsic details for you
  • The Ajax Panel works like the ASP.NET Panel and can display its contents on the Visual Studio Designer, allowing you to add controls to it visually
  • No javascript code is needed to be written


  • For most cases you can add AJAX functionality to your existing pages by only adding Ajax Panels and without even a single change in the source code
  • Magic Ajax replaces Post Backs with AJAX callbacks (Ajax Calls) that do not cause a refresh .on the client's browser
  • The Post Back and AJAX functionality can co-exist in the same page
    only the controls that are inside an Ajax Panel will perform an Ajax Call
    instead of Post Back
  • The page's View State is shared amongst Post Backs and Ajax call on changes to it by an Ajax Call will be available to a Post Back and vice
  • You handle an Ajax Call just like a Post Back, using the ASP.NET
    server-side programming model
  • Magic Ajax intuitively spots the changes that occur ed during an Ajax Call and sends the minimum possible required javascript that will reflect the changes on the client's browser
  • There are plenty of helper methods to help you with handling an
    Ajax Call. by code (i.e. if you want to send additional custom javascript to the client)

User experience

  • The user of your page enjoys a faster and richer browser UI, without the annoying Post Backs
  • A 'Loading' label notifies the user that an Ajax Call has been invoked
  • Instead of downloading the whole page for a Post back, the client only
    downloads chunks of javascript code that apply the changes made to the
    page's html
  • Magic Ajax's changes to the page are kept in the browser's cache, so if the
    user navigates to another page and then presses the browser's 'Back'
    button,he will see the same page that he was viewing before


  • Many configuration options give you total control of the inner workings of Magic Ajax
  • A small set of attributes applied to your ASP.NET controls can customize the way that they will be handled by Magic Ajax
  • You can define that an Ajax Call will be invoked asynchronously or synchronously for all controls of an Ajax Panel or for a single control You can define that certain controls of an Ajax Panel will invoke a plain Post Back
  • If the 'tracing' configuration option is enabled, a pop up window is created that displays information about the data that were sent to and from the server, allowing you to monitor the traffic of Ajax Calls that the page invokes
  • Clean object-oriented design makes it easy to extend the framework and add your own controls


  • Internet Explorer, FireFox, Netscape and Opera browsers are supported
  • If a browser is not supported or the user has disabled javascript,the
    page will revert to plain Post Backs automatically


1 comment:

  1. this is exactly what i was looking for in adding AJAX to vb.net 1.1 framework project without needing to do alot of extra coding to the current pages.

    thanks...ep (honolulu, hawaii)


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