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Microsoft AJAX and videos

First, the Microsoft AJAX toolkit for ASP.NET 2.0 has recently been released as version 1.0.

You can see live demos of the controls by pointing your browser over here. it looks good in firefox, which is good.

I've been watching the MS Ajax videos (or screen-casts if you like) on my laptop while on the train. They are presented by Joe Stagner. I've now watched almost all of them. They're based on the beta version of the MS AJAX toolkit, but I don't think it has changed much in the release.

While these videos are very useful, after a while I noticed a few elements of them that could easily be improved.

Firstly, the large number of spelling mistakes on Joe's web page shown on the screen at the start, e.g. the word "yesterda" in a heading. I thought everyone had a spelling checker these days.

Secondly, taking a minute in each and every video to talk briefly (and incompletely) about how if you don't have this tab of AJAX controls in the Visual studio toolbox, you need to install the dll which comes in a zip file…. It's really tiresome when you're hearing that for the 20th time. Just say "if you don't have this, see my getting started video for instructions on how to set it up". That's all. Explain it well once, and then don't explain it badly twenty times.

Thirdly, each video is basically to demonstrate how to use a particular control or feature. We spend seven and a half minutes out of eight looking at markup, and the last half a minute looking at the results. I think it would be more interesting and would give a better understanding of where we were going if the video could be started with a look at the finished product, then show how it was done.

Update: on 13 Feb 2007, Joe Stagner's videos were updated for version 1.0 of the AJAX toolkit. See http://www.asp.net/learn/videos/

Published Tuesday, January 30, 2007 12:32 PM by Anthony.Steele

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