AJAX has been very popular over the past few years, but I've seen it primarily used by developers to reduce page refreshes and to do background data-loading.  Both of these uses are great uses of the technology, but one of the features that I like the best is the ability to do Drag-and-Drop functions.  Users have gotten accustom to this feature since it has been available in Desktop Applications for what seems like forever, but web developers have steered away from it because of the time/complexity it takes to enable it using older technologies.

 

Well, Jeff Prosise has written a very short article on how to enable this with ASP.NET AJAX.  His a synopsis from Jeff:

For months now, I've been meaning to write a sample showing how to use PreviewDragDrop.js to implement real drag-drop, featuring custom drag sourcing and custom drop targeting. I finally got around to it, and the results are pretty cool. I learned quite a lot about DragDropManager in the process, including how to enhance it by adding support for custom drag visuals. Once you're familiar with the model (and comfortable with the concept of deriving classes and implementing interfaces in JavaScript), DragDropManager opens up a whole new world of possibilities for Web UIs.

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Here's a link to his article: Click here

~ Robert Shelton

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