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Creating an AJAX-Enabled ASP.NET Project

ComponentOne MultiPage for ASP.NET AJAX requires you to create an ASP.NET AJAX-Enabled project so that Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX Extensions and a ScriptManager control are included in your project before the C1MultiPage control is placed on the page. This allows you to take advantage of ASP.NET AJAX and certain features such as partial-page rendering and client-script functionality of the Microsoft AJAX Library.

When creating AJAX-Enabled ASP.NET projects, Visual Studios 2008 and 2005 both give you the option of creating a Web site project or a Web application project. MSDN provides detailed information on why you would choose one option over the other.

If you are using Visual Studio 2008 with .NET Framework 2.0 or .NET Framework 3.0 or if you are using Visual Studio 2005, you must install the ASP.NET AJAX Extensions 1.0, which can be found at http://AJAX.asp.net/. Additionally for Visual Studio 2005 users, creating a Web application project requires installation of a Visual Studio 2005 update and add-in, which can be found at http://msdn.microsoft.com/; however, if you have Visual Studio 2005 SP1, Web application project support is included and a separate download is not required.

If you are using Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5, you can easily create an AJAX-enabled ASP.NET project without installing separate add-ins because the framework has a built-in AJAX library and controls.

Note: If you are using Visual Studio 2010, see http://www.asp.net/AJAX/ for more information on creating an AJAX-Enabled ASP.NET Project.

The following table summarizes the installations needed:

 

Visual Studio Version

Additional Installation Requirements

Visual Studio 2008, .NET Framework 3.5

None

Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 2.0 or 3.0

Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1

ASP.NET AJAX Extensions 1.0

http://www.asp.net/AJAX/downloads/archive/

Visual Studio 2005

ASP.NET AJAX Extensions 1.0

Visual Studio update and add-in (2 installs for Web application project support)

 

The following topics explain how to create both types of projects in Visual Studio 2008 and 2005.

      Creating an AJAX-Enabled Web Site Project in Visual Studio 2008

To create a Web site project in Visual Studio 2008, complete the following steps:

1.   From the File menu, select New | Web Site. The New Web Site dialog box opens.

2.   Select .NET Framework 3.5 or the desired framework in the upper right corner. Note that if you choose .NET Framework 2.0 or 3.0, you must install the extensions first.

3.   In the list of templates, select AJAX 1.0-Enabled ASP.NET 2.0 Web Site.

4.   Click Browse to specify a location and then click OK.

Note: The Web server must have IIS version 6 or later and the .NET Framework installed on it. If you have IIS on your computer, you can specify http://localhost for the server.

A new AJAX-Enabled Web Site is created at the root of the Web server you specified. In addition, a new Web Forms page called Default.aspx is displayed and a ScriptManager control is placed on the form. The ScriptManger is needed to enable certain features of ASP.NET AJAX such as partial-page rendering, client-script functionality of the Microsoft AJAX Library, and Web-service calls.

 

      Creating an AJAX-Enabled Web Application Project in Visual Studio 2008

To create a new Web application project in Visual Studio 2008, complete the following steps.

1.   From the File menu, select New | Project. The New Project dialog box opens.

2.   Select .NET Framework 3.5 or the desired framework in the upper right corner. Note that if you choose .NET Framework 2.0 or 3.0, you must install the extensions first.

3.   Under Project Types, choose either Visual Basic or Visual C# and then select Web. Note that one of these options may be located under Other Languages.

4.   Select AJAX 1.0-Enabled ASP.NET 2.0 Web Application from the list of Templates in the right pane.

5.   Enter a URL for your application in the Location field and click OK.

Note: The Web server must have IIS version 6 or later and the .NET Framework installed on it. If you have IIS on your computer, you can specify http://localhost for the server.

A new Web Forms project is created at the root of the Web server you specified. In addition, a new Web Forms page called Default.aspx is displayed and a ScriptManager control is placed on the form. The ScriptManger is needed to enable certain features of ASP.NET AJAX such as partial-page rendering, client-script functionality of the Microsoft AJAX Library, and Web-service calls.

 

      Creating an AJAX-Enabled Web Site Project in Visual Studio 2005

To create a Web site project in Visual Studio 2005, complete the following steps:

1.   From the File menu in Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, select New Web Site. The New Web Site dialog box opens.

2.   Select ASP.NET AJAX-Enabled Web Site from the list of Templates.

3.   Enter a URL for your site in the Location field and click OK.

Note: The Web server must have IIS version 6 or later and the .NET Framework installed on it. If you have IIS on your computer, you can specify http://localhost for the server.

A new Web Forms project is created at the root of the Web server you specified. In addition, a new Web Forms page called Default.aspx is displayed and a ScriptManager control is placed on the form. The ScriptManger is needed to enable certain features of ASP.NET AJAX such as partial-page rendering, client-script functionality of the Microsoft AJAX Library, and Web-service calls.

      Creating an AJAX-Enabled Web Application Project in Visual Studio 2005

 

To create a new Web application project in Visual Studio 2005, complete the following steps.

1.   From the File menu in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, select New Project. The New Project dialog box opens.

2.   Under Project Types, choose either Visual Basic Projects or Visual C# Projects. Note that one of these options may be located under Other Languages.

3.   Select ASP.NET AJAX-Enabled Web Application from the list of Templates in the right pane.

4.   Enter a URL for your application in the Location field and click OK.

Note: The Web server must have IIS version 6 or later and the .NET Framework installed on it. If you have IIS on your computer, you can specify http://localhost for the server.

A new Web Forms project is created at the root of the Web server you specified. In addition, a new Web Forms page called Default.aspx is displayed and a ScriptManager control is placed on the form. The ScriptManger is needed to enable certain features of ASP.NET AJAX such as partial-page rendering, client-script functionality of the Microsoft AJAX Library, and Web-service calls.


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