he phrase AJAX is getting all the attention lately. By now, you should already be familiar with the term, but for those of you still in the dark, AJAX represents techniques to build responsive and feature-rich Web applications. Instead of constantly waiting for web pages to refresh, AJAX-enabled Web sites dynamically update portions of the pages, thus providing a much more responsive user experience to the user. What's more, with AJAX you can now develop feature-rich applications through the Web browser. Just take a look at http://local.live.com/
to experience the wonders of AJAX.
In this article, I will show you how you can use Atlas to build responsive Web applications and vastly improved user interfaces. As usual, I will walk you through a case study, and hopefully get you jumpstarted on Atlas programming.
- Client componentsa set of client script libraries (.js files) that define a layered approach for creating client-based applications.
- Server componentsserver-based components, services, and controls that can be integrated with 'Atlas' client scripts.
This article will focus on the Atlas server components.