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

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A Look at ASP.NET AJAX 4.0

The reason why I’m covering ASP.NET AJAX 4.0 here in a data binding chapter is that the upcoming release of ASP.NET AJAX provides strong and largely enhanced support for data-driven applications. In particular, ASP.NET AJAX 4.0 will provide support for declarative HTML templates, a declarative data binding syntax, and facilities to call ADO.NET Data Services from a JavaScript client.

ASP.NET AJAX Templates

Earlier in the chapter, I discussed why having HTML templates simplifies the process of creating a dynamic data-driven user interface in the browser. Your client code calls a remote service, gets JavaScript data, and then binds bits and pieces of that data into ad hoc placeholders defined in the templates. In the end, ...

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