Microsoft ASP.NET Futures (May 2007)

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The Microsoft ASP.NET Futures May 2007 (“Futures”) release contains an early developer preview of features providing a wide range of new functionality for both ASP.NET and Microsoft SilverlightTM. The functionality in the Futures release includes early experimental versions of features currently being considered for future versions of ASP.NET and the .NET Framework. The Futures releases assume prior knowledge of the core features of ASP.NET including the previous ASP.NET AJAX Futures January CTP release. This content, which includes documentation tutorials, samples, and Webcast videos, helps you get started with the newest features and latest enhancements available in this release.

The new areas added for this release are:

* ASP.NET AJAX. ASP.NET AJAX lets you enhance your ASP.NET Web applications with rich, responsive UI features and asynchronous postbacks. It includes an extensive JavaScript library and integrated server-based support. New features include CSS selector APIs, navigation history support (Back button support), and information on accessing “Astoria” Web data services.

* ASP.NET and Silverlight. This release introduces support for Silverlight, which enables you to include media (video, audio) vector graphics, and animations by using familiar and powerful ASP.NET server controls.

* Dynamic Data Controls for ASP.NET. This release introduces a set of data controls that provide a simple, intuitive user interface for data-driven Web pages. The controls obtain database schema information at run time, which provides ease of use and flexible development. They support standard database operations by default and enable you to customize how data is displayed and updated.

* ASP.NET Application Services. This release includes new application services to make AJAX and Silverlight Web applications more discoverable from search engines and easily searchable from within the site. Additional services help you gather and analyze data about client errors.

* ASP.NET and Dynamic Languages. ASP.NET for Dynamic Languages is built on the Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR), an integration layer for dynamic languages. This release includes support for two languages that are hosted on the DLR, IronPython and Managed JScript.

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