Microsoft AJAX CDN Supports SSL

Microsoft has announced that the Microsoft AJAX Content Delivery Network (CDN) service now has Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) support.

Microsoft has announced that the Microsoft AJAX Content Delivery Network (CDN) service now has Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) support.

In a blog post, Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of Microsoft's .NET Developer Platform, said the Microsoft AJAX CDN now provides SSL support for scripts served off of the CDN.

"This is necessary for scenarios where you have SSL enabled pages on your site, and you want to reference a script library from the Microsoft CDN and avoid a 'This page contains both secure and non-secure items' warning message being displayed to end-users visiting your site," Guthrie said.

In September, Microsoft's ASP.NET team launched the Microsoft AJAX CDN service that provides caching support for Asynchronous JavaScript and NET AJAX). The service is available for free, does not require any registration, and can be used for both commercial and non-commercial purposes, Guthrie said.

To enable SSL support on the Microsoft AJAX CDN service, "Simply use an 'https' moniker with any script references on your site that point to the CDN, and they will now be served over SSL," Guthrie said in the post.

Moreover, "The Microsoft Ajax CDN enables you to significantly improve the performance of ASP.NET Web Forms and ASP.NET MVC applications that use ASP.NET AJAX or jQuery," Guthrie said in a post from September.

In addition, "ASP.NET 4.0 will make it especially easy for ASP.NET Web Forms developers to take advantage of the CDN," he said. "By setting one property of the ScriptManager control, you will be able to redirect all requests for the built-in ASP.NET JavaScript files to the CDN and improve the performance of your Web Forms applications."