JQuery (or other) equivalent of Microsoft Webparts [SOLVED]

JQuery (or other) equivalent of Microsoft Webparts [SOLVED]

Hi All,

I have a question that I was hoping someone could help answer for me. I am developing a new project, and one of the requirements is to have drag-and-drop "webparts" on some of the pages (like the drag-and-drop zones that are provided on iGoogle pages).

I have been experimenting with Microsoft's Webparts in .Net, and it seems to be working ok. I like the fact that the customisation of the webparts (location, minimised, maximised etc) is stored in a database and is easy to setup. Also, the Webparts catalogue is an easy to implement feature. HOWEVER, I have also been playing with JQuery to try and see if there are any alternatives to Microsoft's technology (due to the fact that JQuery is becoming very popular and is an open source project). I can get drag-and-drop zones working nicely, along with minimise, maximise and close, however when I refresh the page the changes that I have made are lost.

My question is this - does anyone know of any existing technologies (using JQuery or any other open source Ajax toolkit) that can match the features of Microsoft's Webparts (i.e. remember the layout of webparts for users, possibly offer a webparts catalogue, etc). If possible I would like to avoid having to develop my own way of remembering the webpart location settings (maybe through the use of cookies)...why reinvent the wheel if someone else has already done it ;)

Many thanks in advance for any advice you can provide.