Despite all of this development something interesting has “not” happened. Ajax Frameworks have not been overwhelmingly adopted by the development community as a whole. In my experience in working with other .NET developers getting these frameworks introduced into the development vernacular is akin to getting a Cobol developer to move to OO. Why is this, I have to ask myself? I have run into similar mind sets within the Java community as well. Do these “middle tier” developers simply not like the idea of something that does not plug into their IDE and allow for drag and drop. Let’s face it there is no real reason why I should be allowing my .NET code to process everything server side with post backs simply to do some validation or to send a single piece of user input back to the server. I know you are saying to yourself that .NET has AJAX.Net but it was plugged into .NET by Microsoft as an afterthought in my opinion. Scrape the result code some time and you will see what I mean, again that’s another post.
Is it that they do not provide the ‘wiz bang’ interface that server side controls provide. Don’t think so! I will put ExtJS or Javeline against Telerik any day with a user community and I bet I know who will win.
Just another opinion…