Atlas Control Toolkit is Live

This just in from the Atlas Team at Microsoft...

The "Atlas" Control Toolkit is collection of samples and components that makes it easier then ever to build and consume rich client-side “Atlas” controls and extenders. The toolkit provides both ready to go samples and a powerful SDK to simplify the creation and re-use of your own custom controls and extenders.

Download it here

Try it here

We got a sneak preview of the toolkit a few weeks ago, and I had the chance to play around with it.  I really like what MSFT is doing with this (old) technology and pushing into deeper and more useful implementations with it.  As long as they remain true to the expectations of keeping things cross platform, cross browser compatible (to a larger degree) Atlas will have a strong future ahead of it.

Features included in the Toolkit (shamelessly stolen from the download page):

  • CascadingDropDown: Easily link drop downs, complete with asynchronous population and no postbacks!
  • CollaspiblePanel:  This extender allows panels on your page to collapse and expand with no code
  • ConfirmButton: This extender adds a confirm dialog to any Button, LinkButton, or ImageButton control
  • DragPanel: Makes any panel into an object that you can drag around the page.
  • HoverMenu: Allows UI to pop up next to a control when the user hovers over it. 
  • PopupControl: This extender turns any panel into a popup. 
  • ReorderList: This control is a full-featured data-bound control that allows it's elements to be reordered on the client via drag and drop.
  • TextBoxWatermark:  This extender adds "watermark" prompt text to TextBoxes on the page.
  • ToggleButton:  This extender turns an ASP.NET CheckBox into an image checkbox. 
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