What’s New?

The DevExpress team has worked hard to improve the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit in many ways. The v15.1 release contains:

New installation experience

DevExpress has redesigned and created an improved ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit installer that leverages Visual Studio’s extensibility features. This new installer automatically registers the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit components into the Toolbox of all available Visual Studio versions that you have installed on your system.

Single binary

The former ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit releases provided different assemblies for each .NET version. Starting with v15.1 we build a single assembly. Support for .NET 3.5 has been dropped.

Dependency cleanup

The ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit assembly is now free from external dependencies: it no longer requires AjaxMin, HtmlAgilityPack, and WindowsAzure. All functionality depending on third-party packages has been extracted to separate packages (ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit.StaticResources, ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit.HtmlEditor.Sanitizer)

ASP.NET Web Optimization framework for JavaScript and CSS bundling and minification

The outdated custom resource bundling and minification mechanism (causing the dependency on ToolkitScriptManager) has been replaced with a modern and better approach, using the ASP.NET Web Optimization framework.

Modern browsers

The new Toolkit can be easily used with the latest standard Visual Studio web-project templates. Therefore, it works with Bootstrap. And it also works in modern HTML 5 browsers.

Source code put in order

We worked hard to clean and add a structure to the entire source code tree. Unused and outdated code has been removed. The Visual Studio solution has been reorganized to a plain and simple structure. And now the new build pipeline is considerably faster and more straightforward. The new layout is easier to understand and faster to build.

Rollback of unfinished and experimental features

We have removed features from past releases that were incomplete and/or experimental. For example, two major items that caused many issues and headaches was the malfunctioning support for Windows Azure and the so-called “jQueryzation” of ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit.

Bug fixes

With the v15.1 release, we have addressed some major issues for the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit. Restructuring and cleaning up the toolkit was just the starting point to fixing many of the bugs. We have even more plans for the toolkit so stay tuned!

This release of the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit is brought to you by DevExpress.

Last edited Mar 11, 2015 at 5:34 PM by VladimirDX, version 3