A few people have asked me about what else is coming down the road in terms of downloads and other releases for ASP.NET 2.0. Here is a non-exhaustive brain-dump of a few things coming out in the near future that we've been working on:
- Major Update to the Atlas Project: A pretty significant update to Atlas will be coming out soon. It adds a number of pretty cool features -- including a lot of additional support to make common Ajax-style scenarios dead-simple with ASP.NET (previous refreshes of Atlas provided a lot of power features -- this refresh drop is also making common scenarios super easy). It also provides the beginning of really nice integration of Atlas functionality into the server-control model.
- Updated VS 2003 Web Project->VS 2005 Web Site Migration Utility: This adds more support for migrating existing VS 2003 web projects to use the built-in VS 2005 Web-Site project model (specifically it better handles a number of cases we've seen with customers apps since VS 2005 shiped). Our goal is to ship it this week (maybe as early as Tuesday).
- VS 2005 Web Application Project Refresh: A refresh of the new VS 2005 Web Application Project download will be coming out early next year. The big feature we are looking to add with the next refresh is support for automatic control field declarations (along with a few other things).
- VS 2005 Web Deployment Project Update: A refresh of Web Deployment Projects will be coming out in January that fixes a few bugs, as well as enables support for the new VS 2005 Web Application Project model.
- Profile Provider for Database Tables: A cool project we are looking to release is a custom Profile provider that allows you to directly map the new ASP.NET 2.0 Profile object to a database table or view. This will make it really easy to take existing database schemas of information and surface them through the profile system.
- Hosting Upsize Tool for SQL Express: I blogged about this in October, and it is now in limited beta. We will be looking to make it even more broadly available soon.
- CSS Adapters for Controls: The ASP.NET 2.0 control model allows you to replace the rendering of controls as part of the new control architecture (we call these hooks "adapters"). This particular project is a a cool one that Shanku has been working on that uses this feature to allow you to plug-in new CSS based adapters for the built-in ASP.NET controls that allow you to build fully CSS based sites (for example: using divs and css for styles in controls, etc). Note: We don't have an ETA on this project yet as it is more of a side-project. But hopefully we'll have an initial drop ready next spring for people to play with.
Hope this helps,
P.S. I'm sure I've forgotten a few. Apologies to those on my team who have cool things I forgot to mention.