Tuesday, June 2, 2009

New version of ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit released

The new release of ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit is available for download. Bertrand Le Roy has written a very informative post about it. What particularly concerns me in this new release is that a Color Picker extender is now included in the Ajax Control Toolkit. Hooray!

Along with the new Toolkit release there come a whole bunch of new tutorials and videos among them there are one particularly nice tutorial about the Color Picker extender and an excellent video tutorial by Joe Stagner. Thank you folks for such a great job!

What that means for the Color Picker Extender users is that they don't have to download it separately from Codeplex anymore because it is included in the Ajax Control Toolkit. For those who can not switch to the new version of ACT yet the original Color Picker Extender control will continue to be available on Codeplex. During the next few days I will prepare and upload a new release synced up with the Ajax Control Toolkit.

It is also very interesting to read people's opinions about the new release of ACT that they write in response to blog posts and on Codeplex. In general the responses are positive however some folks complain about something, mostly about insignificant things or because they missed something. I would like to remind everybody that Ajax Control Toolkit is completely a community initiative (with of course the initial kick-off help from Microsoft) and people who work on it take time for it out of their families and other important things so let's be more tolerant and if you've come across something really bad please use the Issue Tracker.

In particular I was interested in reading responses about the ColorPicker (but of course ;-)). Interestingly all the complaints were about how its look and feel, not about functionality. I admit that the UI it provides is rather simplistic but here is my question back: where have you all folks been since the control was published almost a year ago and I was asking for your feedbacks and suggestions? Since then it's been downloaded more then 2000 times (and I don't count downloads of ACT source code) and almost no one except just a few people suggested anything about improving it. I take it as everybody has been satisfied. However now with a bit more visibility I suggest if you folks really want some progress with what concerns you please speak up.

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