In the first week of 2006 I received a congratulation mail from Microsoft telling me that I received the MVP award for ASP/ASP.NET, wow. During 2006 many AJAX frameworks or AJAX related controls came up and ASP.NET AJAX has been released and is now part of Visual Studio .NET 2008 and the .NET framework 3.5.
Today I have my eyes on new technologies that will change client application development (web applications). To see any feedback of my MVP award for 2008 I'd like to concentrate more on those topics. I'm still using AJAX in nearly all my web applications, but the future will bring more important features.
Future of Ajax.NET Professional
Well, I think you know what will come now. Yes, I will stop working on my baby AjaxPro. I feel sorry about that and will say Thank you! to all of you that have made Ajax.NET Professional a great framework. Without your help the private project never get such a big success until today!!
As ASP.NET AJAX includes PageMethods (which are very similar to the AjaxMethod attribut in Ajax.NET) I recommend to switch to ASP.NET AJAX for newer projects. ASP.NET AJAX is included in the next Visual Studio .NET 2008 and .NET framework 3.5. New technologies like Silverlight and the MVC framework will support or can be combined with ASP.NET AJAX.
The Google group for Ajax.NET and the Codeplex project will be still open. If you have any question how to move from AjaxPro to ASP.NET AJAX you should start in the Microsoft forum.