Microsoft's Atlas does for Ajax what ASP.NET did for web development -- makes it easier to do more powerful things. For a year, Microsoft developers have been buzzing about Atlas. Christian Wenz has been writing about it since its earliest betas: pre-release versions of his Programming Atlas have earned raves from early adopters. Now Atlas and Wenz's book are both ready for prime time.
Wenz starts with an accessible primer on Ajax and its elements, then shows how Atlas builds on (and simplifies) them. He introduces Atlas's client-side controls, which parallel ASP.NET's web controls and support powerful capabilities like data binding. Then, using concise examples, he covers every facet of Atlas development: components, behaviors, animations, client scripting, web services, Web Parts, Windows Live Gadgets, even extending Atlas with PHP (a language he knows inside out). A chapter-length case study illuminates one of today's most intriguing web applications: Virtual Earth. Bill Camarda, from the November 2006 Read Only