In this episode of the the .NET Show , prinicpal development manager, and , group program manager, join to discuss and demonstrate the new , which enables you to quickly create Web pages that include a rich user experience with responsive and familiar user interface (UI) elements.

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If you're interested in more information on ASP.NET AJAX and how it will be integrated in Visual Studio codenamed "Orcas", it's worth reading the "". In the section "Enable New Web Experience" the platform (IIS, ASP.NET, etc) and the advanced collaboration between designers and developers is discussed.

Visual Studio enables the creation of new Web experiences by empowering Web developers and simplifying Web development. Visual Studio code name “Orcas” gives developers the tools they need to build the next generation of Web experiences more quickly, more efficiently and easier than before:

  • Enabling Web developers to program “AJAX-style” interactive Web user interfaces
    • Visual Studio provides developers with all the tools and framework support required to create compelling, expressive AJAX-enabled Web applications. Developers will be able to take advantage of these rich client-side and server-side frameworks to easily build client-centric Web applications that integrate with any backend data provider, run within any modern browser and has complete access to ASP.NET application services and the Microsoft platform.
  • Designing and implementing a Web service
    • As the concept of what a Web service is evolves, Visual Studio will enable developers to configure service endpoints, using the same tools and code regardless of what wire protocol (HTTP, TCP/IP) is used to transmit messages, and testing the service without code. Developers and partners will be able to extend the underlying protocols to handle any definition of a Web service.
  • Easily consume Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) services
    • Developers can use RAD tools to quickly and easily create client connections and proxies to existing services, testing them without needing to write code. In addition, developers can use the same techniques and tools for consuming WCF services no matter where they are.
  • Leverage SOAs and WCF in mobile applications
    • Developers will be able to build a mobile device client application that works in a partially connected environment. The application will be able to send and receive data to/from a server even if the device disconnects or roams. By providing the logic to solve the addressability and storage issues, a developer can focus on the mobile application functionality and not worry about the different identities, connection methods or storage models required.
  • Service Implementation integrated with workflow design
    • With Visual Studio the developer can orchestrate behavior across services with Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) to visualize, create, edit, and debug workflow tasks and dependencies.

Download the white paper at .

Related to this and also useful to check out especially when looking forward to "Orcas" is Wally's podcast show #90 on "". Topics discussed during the show:

  • Web Services.
  • Intellisense of Web Services on the client.
  • Debugging support on the client to the server and then back to the client.
  • Adding References to a .js JavaScript file.

Download is . Enjoy!