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Beginning ASP.Net 2.0
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Beginning ASP.NET 2.0
ASP.NET 2.0 is an amazing technology that allows you to develop web sites and applications with very little hassle, and its power and depth enable it to host even the most complex applications available. This invaluable beginners' guide shows you how to program web applications in ASP.NET 2.0 and see dynamic results with minimal effort.
Using working examples and detailed explanations, this popular author team eases you into the world of ASP.NET development and gradually introduces you to all sorts of interesting ASP.NET tricks and tools. You'll quickly see how ASP.NET 2.0 is designed to ensure a significant reduction in the amount of code you have to write—and, in turn, make your life easier.
What you will learn from this book
Who this book is for
This book is for anyone new to web programming who is looking to program dynamic, feature-rich web applications in ASP.NET 2.0. It will also be ideal for programmers looking to upgrade their ASP 3 knowledge to ASP.NET, or programmers from non-Microsoft web disciplines who need to learn ASP.NET 2.0.
Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
This book will be a change from previous editions in several areas: There's no fluffy introduction. No what is .NET. No What is HTML. We dive straight in with a look at the sample web site and almost immediately have a Try It Out to build a couple of pages. This gets readers involved straight away and will bolster confidence for the rest of the book. We will however, make a minimum list of theory points and assign sections to cover them in the first several chapters. It will be more task oriented. Each chapter will be designed to complete a part of the sample web site, introducing technology areas as required. Introduction of code will be late in the book. The aim is to use Visual Web Developer for much of the site, therefore obviating the need for early code explanations; drag and drop design will be used wherever possible. There will only be one edition of the book, covering both Visual Basic and C#. The aim is for code to be no longer than a page. Seeing large amounts of code is not only demoralizing, but also hard to read and annoying.
About the Author
Chris Hart works full-time as a developer at Trinity Expert Systems Plc, based in Coventry (UK), where she’s worked on several major .NET, SharePoint, and CMS applications. She enjoys having a job where she gets to learn and play with new technologies on a regular basis, often working on-site with customers.
She’s been using .NET since the pre-Alpha days, and yet still enjoys the fun of working with beta software.
Chris lives in Birmingham (UK, not Alabama) with her extremely understanding husband James, as she tries to fit writing alongside her hectic job and her attempts at gardening. She collects computers in much the same way as some old ladies collect cats.
Chris Hart contributed Chapters 3–5 and 11 and Appendix C to this book.
John Kauffman was born in Philadelphia, the son of a chemist and a nurse. He received his degrees from The Pennsylvania State University, the colleges of Science and Agriculture. His early research was for Hershey foods in the genetics of the chocolate tree and the molecular biology of chocolate production.
Since 1993, John has focused on explaining technology in the classroom and in books.
In his spare time, John is an avid sailor and youth sailing coach. He also enjoys jazz music and drumming. In addition to technical material, he manages to read the New Yorker magazine from cover-to-cover each week.
John Kauffman contributed Chapters 1, 2, 7, and 8 and Appendix D to this book.
Dave Sussman is an independent trainer, consultant, and writer, who inhabits that strange place called beta land. It’s full of various computers, multiple boot partitions, VPC images, and very occasionally, stable software. When not writing books or testing alpha and beta software, Dave can be found working with a variety of clients helping to bring ASP.NET projects into fruition. He is a Microsoft MVP, and a member of the ASP Insiders and INETA Speakers Bureau. You can find more details about Dave and his books at his official Web site (www.ipona.com) or the site he shares with Alex Homer (http://daveandal.net).
Dave Sussman contributed Chapters 6, 9, 14, and 15 and Appendix E to this book.
Quitting Wrox as a full-time employee in August 2001, he branched out into VB.NET/C# programming and ASP.NET development and started his own business, CUASP Consulting Ltd, in April 2003. He maintains a variety of sites from www.cuasp.co.uk, his “work” site, to www.atomicwise.com, a selection of his writings on music and art. The birth of his twins, Jay and Luca, in February 2005 took chaos to a new level. He now divides his time between protecting the twins from their over-affectionate three-year-old brother Nye, composing electronic sounds on bits of dilapidated old keyboards for his music project, Open E, and tutoring his cats in the art of peaceful coexistence, and not violently mugging each other on the stairs.
Chris Ullman contributed Chapters 10, 12, 13, and 16 and Appendix B to this book.
Table of Contents
Who This Book Is For.
What This Book Covers.
How This Book Is Structured.
What You Need to Use This Book.
Chapter 1: An Introduction to ASP.NET 2.0 and the Wrox United Application.
Chapter 2: Site Design.
Chapter 3: Page Design.
Chapter 4: Membership and Identity.
Chapter 5: Styling with Themes.
Chapter 6: Events and Code.
Chapter 7: Reading Data.
Chapter 8: Writing Data.
Chapter 9: Code.
Chapter 10: Componentization.
Chapter 11: Roles and Profiles.
Chapter 12: Web Services.
Chapter 13: E-Commerce.
Chapter 14: Performance.
Chapter 15: Dealing with Errors.
Chapter 16: Deployment, Builds, and Finishing Up.
Appendix A: Exercise Answers.
Appendix B: Setup.
Appendix C: Wrox United Database Design.
Appendix D: VWD Database Explorer.
Appendix E: CSS and HTML Quick Reference.
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