Gaia AJAX technology set for .Net developers

Gaia Ajax Widgets, an alternative AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) library for developing ASP.Net and Mono applications, has been upgraded with re-factoring to make it easier to view and modify code.

The Q3 release of Gaia Ajax Widgets was made available this week by developer Frost Innovation. Other improvements to the open source product include enhancements in documentation, samples, and widgets.

"The product is [intended] to, first of all, make it very much easier to develop rich Internet applications or Web 2.0 applications or whatever they're called this week," said Thomas Hansen, CTO of Frost Innovation in Norway.

Built to mimic ASP.Net, Gaia is focused on abstracting away JavaScript, similar to Google Web Toolkit, but it works with Mono and not Java, Hansen said. Mono is an open source version of the .Net development platform. Developers can use either Mono or .Net technologies.

Developers using Gaia Ajax Widgets do not have to write JavaScript with a couple of exceptions, such as when they are writing their own widgets. Business logic can be implemented in .Net languages such as VB.Net.

Users can get Gaia Ajax Widgets either via the GNU General Public License version 2 for free software, or via a Gaia Commercial License. With the GNU license, users must distribute the code for their applications. If commercial software vendors want to build an application and not release the source code, the product then costs Euro 295 (AU$499) for a single developer license.

The technology can be downloaded from the Gaia Web site.

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