PSharePoint Help — Blog — Building a SharePoint Service Application to Provide Auto-completion Services for AJAX-enabled Rich User Controls – Part 1: "With each new release of SharePoint, Microsoft has managed to further improve this platform’s programmability, extensibility and manageability. Among many other exciting new features and capabilities, the new 2010 release of SharePoint now provides developers with ASP.NET AJAX as a first-class tool in our proverbial toolbox. AJAX has been around for some time now, and it is great to finally see both native and custom SharePoint applications will be enabled with the same rich, interactive user controls we’ve come to expect from quality browser-based applications. Yet another exciting technology that ships with SharePoint 2010 is the Service Application Framework. The Service Application Framework allows developers to create robust and scalable shared services which can be consumed by multiple SharePoint web applications"
This blog post shows just how rich the new AJAX enabled SharePoint UI is. Its time for SharePoint technologist to call up some of their old web development friends who took one look at 2007 and said "tables inside of tables inside of tables" and start developing SharePoint 2010 as a platform for rich web based technology. Maybe time for me to wear the old Microsoft Consultant suit less and put on some jeans and a designer T-Shirt as a "hip innovative Web Designer", because baby SharePoint 2010 has embraced the Web Studio Mac using cool elites best practices to provide a real web tool.