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ComponentOne Adds Atlas Support to Studio Enterprise

Windows, Web and mobile application developers can now get "first-ever" server-side Atlas control.

ComponentOne has released a new version of its Studio Enterprise toolset for Windows, Web and mobile application development. Among the new components in this release (version 3) is the WebSplitter for ASP.NET, which the company is billing as the first-ever server-side Atlas control. This version also supports Atlas interoperability across the entire ASP.NET product line.

Atlas is Microsoft's free AJAX framework for building rich, interactive Web applications. It provides a set of extensions to ASP.NET 2.0 for writing Web apps using the AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) technique.

With this release, the Pittsburgh-based maker of .NET development tools and e-mail self-service solutions joins the growing number of vendors offering support for Microsoft's .NET-based approach to the AJAX-style development.

Also new in this version of ComponentOne Enterprise Studio: WebInput for ASP.NET, a suite of five data input controls; SuperToolTip for .NET, which allows developers to add Windows Vista-style elements to .NET applications; NavBar and TopicBar, two new components included in Menus and Toolbars for .NET; AJAX support in WebChart for ASP.NET; and new chart types for Chart for .NET and WebChart for ASP.NET, including cylindrical, cone and pyramid charts.

Microsoft's Atlas framework has the potential to lure millions of .NET developers into the AJAX camp, says Ron Schmelzer, senior analyst and founder of ZapThink LLC, an IT advisory and research firm based in Baltimore. "In the past, ActiveX filled the role of client-side logic in the browser, but this role has been diminished significantly by the much more heterogeneous, lighter-weight and wider-coding base of JavaScript, XML and DHTML that forms the core of most AJAX-based systems," Schmelzer says.

Microsoft plans to release its own commercial-grade tools for building AJAX-style Web apps by the end of the year. The company has said that it will integrate the Atlas framework into the next version of Visual Studio (code-named "Orcas"), which is due some time next year.

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ComponentOne Studio Enterprise helps developers create rich, Web-based applications using AJAX technology.

The new release of ComponentOne Studio Enterprise offers more than 200 components for .NET, ASP.NET, Mobile and ActiveX, and it includes a subscription that provides customers with new releases, updates, upgrades and online support for one full year.

To learn more about ComponentOne Studio Enterprise 2006 v3, or to download a free trial version, visit: http://componentone.com/enterprise.

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