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7 simple steps to ajax-enable your ASP GridView

I recently used the AJAX.NET framework in a project and I was impressed with how easy it was to implement and how much it improved the usability of our pages. Our project had quite a few advanced search pages where users can enter in a number of different filters and then hit the search button (usually iteratively - filter/search; filter/search; etc...). Before the Ajax framework and Ajax Control Toolkit were applied to the pages, each time the user would tweak a filter or request a different column sort, the complete page would refresh. After adding Ajax to the pages, just the GridView is re-rendered giving the user the much nicer web 2.0 user experience. Anyway, here are the steps I followed for adding these features to our project ...

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