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Mix"> Pace said Microsoft will continue to promote both. He noted that Microsofts Atlas tool for AJAX-style development is still a work in progress, as the company recently released a CTP (Community Technology Preview) of the tool. "Microsoft has a wide technology stack," Pace said. "Atlas is still being developed. The Patterns and Practices group focuses on solutions available today. We fill the gap to solve the problems that future technologies will address."However, Pace said, "Windows Workflow Foundation is another technology that we will leverage in the client space," he said. "We build CAB in a way that allows you to plug in functionality."Indeed, CAB allows applications to be based on the concept of modules or plug-ins; it enables developers with shell expertise to build components that hide UI complexity from the business logic development; and it facilitates development using patterns, Microsoft said. "When you look at the whole client space, between the Web and smart clients you have a pretty significant percentage of applications," Pace said. Infragistics, of East Windsor, N.J., announced Feb. 13 that it is the first commercial tools vendor to support Microsofts CAB framework with its NetAdvantage 2006 presentation layer tool set. Infragistics offers its NetAdvantage CAB Extensibility Kit, which is provided as part of a NetAdvantage subscription. Company officials said the kit extends NetAdvantage to provide seamless interoperation with the CAB. Read more here about new development tools on the way from Microsoft. The kit enables development teams to easily compose customizable user interfaces with a complete set of enterprise-class frameworks and tools, Infragistics said. Meanwhile, NetAdvantage 2006 Volume 1 enables software development teams to easily create rich, high-performing and productive user interfaces for a diverse line of business applications, said Steve Dadoly, vice president of engineering at Infragistics. The tool set features new HTML Editor and Spell Checker controls to make it easier to add multilanguage rich text editing and spelling user interfaces to ASP.Net applications. And ASP.Net application performance is improved with an AJAX-enabled Tree control and an optimized Grid control which reduces HTML download size, he said. Dadoly said Infragistics worked with Microsofts Patterns and Practices team to build CAB. "CAB is well-suited to enterprise applications, and it forces developers to use best practices and patterns," he said. "We were invited to a seat on the Smart-Client Advisory Committee," Dadoly said. "And we did on-site team development with the CAB development team." Andrew Flick, Infragistics Windows Forms product manager, said Infragistics controls enable development teams to create new user interfaces. "Our enterprise customers are really pushing the limit," Dadoly said. "It looks like this could be the way the industry will move. A lot of our Net Advantage customers are looking at CAB," he said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools.