ASP.Net Ajax lets be selective

What happend to the Client ScriptCallback feature of Asp.Net 2.0, Well nothing really happened to Asp.Net 2.0’s client call back…its there and MS (aka atlas) actually uses this in the back end. The reason why we don’t here about it is…it is a paint in the you know what! To actually get anything done….but there was less of a foot print on the page.

Right now we have a couple API’s for writing Ajax is

  1. MS Ajax.Net (aka Atlas)
  2. Anthem.Net
  3. Ajax.Net or Professional Ajax.Net

Out of all three has a smaller foot print on the page. The other two still simulate the full page life cycle using XmlHttpRequest and pushing most of the data back. Which means that most of the application written in using or writhing the actual javascript your self will be faster than using an API with all the over head.

What MS and Anthem do offer is that they are easy to use, and you do not have to dig into the specific and writing javascript. Just throw things in a UpdatePanel or AnthemPanel and all your post backs get translated to callbacks. This is still better than a full post because your screen doesn’t flicker…. but lets not get to the point that everything is done through XmlHttpRequest and we basically have gone back to the old problem.

Tips when not to Use Ajax… because the list of when to use it is actually longer…

  1. To hide objects don’t do a full callback just use javascript to set its style display to none, why do a full call back if all your doing is hiding something.
  2. If a callback is going to Redirect a user when it get back to the client, just do a post and redirect him or her from there because it gets annoying. If it has to go all the way to server just do a post and redirect or do a Server.transfer.
  3. Don’t do a call back if it take 30 sec to return, but if you must give the user a message so he or she knows your processing data.

Small pet-peeve of mine are all there API’s that say they are an Ajax library and there purely javascript….. YOU’RE A JAVASCRIPT API LIVE WITH IT!!!!

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