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Microsoft® ASP.NET and AJAX: Architecting Web Applications by Dino Esposito

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The Microsoft AJAX Library

A truly powerful JavaScript library today can’t ignore the dependencies existing between the language itself and the Document Object Model (DOM) and Browser Object Model (BOM). Subsequently, a modern JavaScript library is made of three fundamental pieces: a flavor of object orientation, facilities for visual effects, and a network stack.

It is not coincidental that this is also the recipe for the Microsoft AJAX library—one of the pillars of the Microsoft strategy for AJAX. Initially developed to back up the ASP.NET AJAX Extensions 1.0, and successively integrated in ASP.NET 3.5, the library is still being improved and enhanced for ASP.NET 4.0.

The next release of ASP.NET is expected to ship a stronger and more powerful ...

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