What is new in Ajax 4.0

jQuery Included with Web Forms and MVC

The Visual Studio templates for both Web Forms and MVC include the open-source jQuery library. When you create a new website or project, a Scripts folder containing the following 3 files is created:

  • jQuery-1.4.1.js – The human-readable, unminified version of the jQuery library.
  • jQuery-14.1.min.js – The minified version of the jQuery library.
  • jQuery-1.4.1-vsdoc.js – The Intellisense documentation file for the jQuery library.

Include the unminified version of jQuery while developing an application. Include the minified version of jQuery for production applications.
For example, the following Web Forms page illustrates how you can use jQuery to change the background color of ASP.NET TextBox controls to yellow when they have focus.

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeFile="ShowjQuery.aspx.cs" Inherits="ShowjQuery" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">

<head runat="server">
    <title>Show jQuery</title>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">

        <asp:TextBox ID="txtFirstName" runat="server" />
        <br />
        <asp:TextBox ID="txtLastName" runat="server" />
    <script src="Scripts/jquery-1.4.1.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

    <script type="text/javascript">
        $("input").focus( function() { $(this).css("background-color", "yellow"); });

Content Delivery Network Support

The Microsoft Ajax Content Delivery Network (CDN) enables you to easily add ASP.NET Ajax and jQuery scripts to your Web applications. For example, you can start using the jQuery library simply by adding a <script> tag to your page that points to Ajax.microsoft.com like this:

<script src=”http://ajax.microsoft.com/ajax/jquery/jquery-1.4.2.js” type=”text/javascript”></script>

By taking advantage of the Microsoft Ajax CDN, you can significantly improve the performance of your Ajax applications. The contents of the Microsoft Ajax CDN are cached on servers located around the world. In addition, the Microsoft Ajax CDN enables browsers to reuse cached JavaScript files for Web sites that are located in different domains.

The Microsoft Ajax Content Delivery Network supports SSL (HTTPS) in case you need to serve a web page using the Secure Sockets Layer.

The ASP.NET ScriptManager supports the Microsoft Ajax CDN. Simply by setting one property, the EnableCdn property, you can retrieve all ASP.NET framework JavaScript files from the CDN:

<asp:ScriptManager ID=”sm1″ EnableCdn=”true” runat=”server” />

After you set the EnableCdn property to the value true, the ASP.NET framework will retrieve all ASP.NET framework JavaScript files from the CDN including all JavaScript files used for validation and the UpdatePanel. Setting this one property can have a dramatic impact on the performance of your web application.
You can set the CDN path for your own JavaScript files by using the WebResource attribute. The new CdnPath property specifies the path to the CDN used when you set the EnableCdn property to the value true:

[assembly: WebResource(“Foo.js”, “application/x-javascript”, CdnPath = “http://foo.com/foo/bar/foo.js”)]

ScriptManager Explicit Scripts

In the past, if you used the ASP.NET ScriptManger then you were required to load the entire monolithic ASP.NET Ajax Library. By taking advantage of the new ScriptManager.AjaxFrameworkMode property, you can control exactly which components of the ASP.NET Ajax Library are loaded and load only the components of the ASP.NET Ajax Library that you need.

The ScriptManager.AjaxFrameworkMode property can be set to the following values:
•Enabled — Specifies that the ScriptManager control automatically includes the MicrosoftAjax.js script file, which is a combined script file of every core framework script (legacy behavior).
•Disabled — Specifies that all Microsoft Ajax script features are disabled and that the ScriptManager control does not reference any scripts automatically.
•Explicit — Specifies that you will explicitly include script references to individual framework core script file that your page requires, and that you will include references to the dependencies that each script file requires.
For example, if you set the AjaxFrameworkMode property to the value Explicit then you can specify the particular ASP.NET Ajax component scripts that you need:

<asp:ScriptManager ID="sm1" AjaxFrameworkMode="Explicit" runat="server">

    <asp:ScriptReference Name="MicrosoftAjaxCore.js" />
    <asp:ScriptReference Name="MicrosoftAjaxComponentModel.js" />
    <asp:ScriptReference Name="MicrosoftAjaxSerialization.js" />
    <asp:ScriptReference Name="MicrosoftAjaxNetwork.js" />