One of the things that I really love about Atlas is that it offers a framework approach to ajax style development. That is, rather than each new control having to be a “stove pipe” of plumbing code, with Atlas each new control is able to leverage a rich, integrated framework. This not only makes it easier (and fun) to build applications, but it also makes it easy to build reusable components that can be leveraged across your sites or across the net.
Shawn and co have just given us some great evidence of the power of this framework model. They just shipped the first drop of the "Atlas" Control Toolkit which is a set of great controls and extenders that use "Atlas" technologies and allow developers to easily improve the client experience on their websites. All of the controls come with full source! What is even more fun is that the toolkit also includes Visual Studio 2005 templates to get you started writing your own controls!
Here is a summary to get your going..
You gotta love the cool samples on each of the pages above!
Check out The "Atlas" Control Toolkit and keep up on the blog!