Over the weekend I read “Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Ajax” by Matt Gibbs and Dan Wahlin – published by Wiley/Wrox. As the official documentation for ASP Ajax was found wanting as an introductory text this looked like just the book for someone looking to “catch up” with Atlas – and so it proved to be.
If I were undertaking the role of an IT director I might very well appreciate the “standards” that are set by the Microsoft ASP Ajax approach – web based applications should be readily understandable, tweakable and maintainable by anyone who has worked on a similar project. That can count a lot but I find my personal enthusiasm for building applications via config file settings somewhat limited.
If you are building an Internet facing app then you would almost certainly want to design a mini-framework best suited to the particular need rather than take on the overhead of what remains, for Microsoft, a server centric approach to Ajax.