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Microsoft Ships April Atlas CTP

Microsoft this week released the April Community Technology Preview (CTP) of ASP.NET, code-named "Atlas."

Atlas is an ASP.NET 2.0 framework for building cross-browser, cross-platform AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) applications. The company announced with last month's CTP that it feels Atlas is stable enough to issue a "go-live license" that lets developers put their Atlas applications into production.

Atlas provides client-side script libraries that integrate with ASP.NET 2.0's server-based development framework and provides the same type of development platform for client-based Web pages that ASP.NET provides for server-based pages.

"Atlas makes it possible to easily take advantage of AJAX techniques on the Web and enables you to create ASP.NET pages with a rich, responsive UI and server communication," says a statement on Microsoft's download site for Atlas. Developers interested in downloading the latest Atlas CTP can do so here.

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Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.