Just very recently the ASP.NET team from Microsoft launched a new Microsoft Ajax CDN (Content Delivery Network) service that provides caching support for AJAX libraries (including jQuery and ASP.NET AJAX). The service is available for free HERE, it does not require any registration,
and can be used for both commercial and non-commercial projects.
What does a CDN provide?
Using a CDN services can significantly improve a website’s end-user performance, which is important in improving your web conversion rates since users can now experience quicker page load time and content download such as videos or quality images, or product brochures.
In a technical point of view, this will reduce maintainance on your codes since the updates for the Ajax scripts and libraries are done on the Microsoft servers.
The Microsoft AJAX CDN provides an easy way to add jQuery and ASP.NET AJAX script libraries to your web site projects. and have them be automatically served from one of their thousands of geo-located edge-cache servers around the world.
As an example, to add jQuery from the Microsoft AJAX CDN you can
add a standard script tag to your master page or regular page like this:
The browser requests the contents from the nearest ‘edge-location’ servers, closer to the
client’s requesting the contents.
This will allow the following benefits:
- The request will be processed much faster than if it had to request from your own webserver or hosting.
- If you’re doing cloud computing you don’t have to worry about paying the bandwidth for the files here since it’s sitting on MS edge servers.
- Since the scripts can be easily cached across multiple web-sites the client don’t have to download it again since
the request to these servers been done sometime ago.
Scott’sGu’s blog covers the whole deal, to read more click Here