...and the Microsoft AJAX Library, err, and the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit. Yep, Microsoft has not only finally come up with an official name for the AJAX technologies which until now have been known collectively as ‘Atlas’ but has also split it into three individual products. All are expected to ship by year-end. ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions cover the server-side functionality, while the Microsoft AJAX Library handles the client-side stuff and integrates with the server-based extensions, naturally. The final part of this triumvirate is the self-explanatory ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit. Together, the intention is to simplify ASP 2.0 web development …

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Most of the reports out yesterday about the release of [URL=http://www.microsoft.com/ie8]Internet Explorer 8[/URL]Beta 2 focused on its so-calledInPrivate Browsing, which leaves no trace of the Web sites you visit and protects anonymity. And while that's certainly useful, developers are likely to be more interested in its improvements in DOM and HTML 4.01 cross-browser inconsistencies, new Ajax features and news that IE8 passes the [URL=http://acid2.acidtests.org/]Acid2 test[/URL] for accurate browser rendering. Microsoft on Wednesday made available for [URL=http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/beta/]download the latest IE 8 beta[/URL], which it says includes fixes to "the get/set/remove Attribute,default attributes, Attribute object and the <Q> tag." The company also …

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Zend Technologies today is set to announce a series of alliances intended to allow its PHP framework and development environment to work with other widely deployed RIA technologies from Adobe, Dojo and IBM. In a keynote speech at [url=http://www.zendcon.com/ZendCon08/public/content/home]ZendCon[/url], the company's annual PHP developer conference in Cupertino, Calif., Zend CEO Harold Goldberg reportedly was to deliver the news. The most far-reaching collaboration will be with Adobe, and is aimed at simplifying development of PHP application that combine PHP with Flex, the company's popular framework for developing rich Internet applications. I received advance copy of an embargoed document, in which it …

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With all the libraries available that have emerged, Java and Ajax applications practically build themselves these days. This week Java tool maker Instantiations added support for Ext GWT to [url=http://www.instantiations.com/gwtdesigner/]GWT Designer 7.2[/url], the latest version of its Eclipse-based drag-and-drop GUI-building environment that can be had for as little as $5 a month. Also known as GXT, [url=http://www.extjs.com/products/gxt/]Ext GWT[/url] builds on the [url=http://code.google.com/webtoolkit/]Google Web Toolkit[/url], adding a slew of customizable UI widgets and CSS-based themes, plus full documentation and backward compatibility. It's made by Ext LLC. And if you're currently building Web apps and you haven't hard of them, a look …

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If you’re a Ruby or Python developer building AJAX applications, you’ve got to learn JavaScript. Even if you’re converting Ruby code to client-side JavaScript with a tool like [URL= http://www.scribd.com/doc/220397/RJShow-it-works] RJS[/URL], it can still be helpful to know the AJAX component for adding features and debugging. Now Microsoft is promoting APAX and ARAX, techniques similar to AJAX that supplant JavaScript with Python and Ruby languages commonly used on the server side of the dynamic Web apps. The news was brought to light last week at O’Reilly’s [URL=http://en.oreilly.com/rails2008/public/content/home] RailsConf[/URL] by Microsoft’s [URL=http://www.iunknown.com/]John Lam[/URL], who was there giving a talk on his …

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It’s that time of the year again, and the Microsoft Tech.Ed Developers Conference 2006 Europe has hit the beautiful city of Barcelona, capital city of Catalonia in Spain. Hot off the press news for today is the keynote speech by Eric Rudder, senior vice president of technical strategy with Microsoft. In this, Rudder revealed the new technologies for building ‘next generation applications’ to more than 3000 developers attending the conference. He highlighted the releases of Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0, Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office for the 2007 Microsoft Office system and ASP.NET AJAX, as well as urging the …

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