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If you think you're well versed in ASP.NET, think again. This exceptional guide gives you a master class in site building with ASP.NET 3.5 and other cutting-edge Microsoft technologies. You learn how to develop rock-solid web portal applications that can withstand millions of hits every day while surviving scalability and security pressures -- not just for mass-consumer homepages, but also for dashboards that deliver powerful content aggregation for enterprises.
Written by Omar AL Zabir, co-founder and CTO of Pageflakes, Building a Web 2.0 Portal with ASP.NET 3.5 demonstrates how to develop portals similar to My Yahoo!, iGoogle, and Pageflakes using ASP.NET 3.5, ASP.NET AJAX, Windows Workflow Foundation, LINQ and .NET 3.5. Through the course of the book, AL Zabir builds an open source Ajax-enabled portal prototype (available online at www.dropthings.com), and walks you though the design and architectural challenges, advanced Ajax concepts, performance optimization techniques, and server-side scalability problems involved.
You learn how to:
Building a Web 2.0 Portal with ASP.NET 3.5
- Implement a highly decoupled architecture following the popular n-tier, widget-based application model
- Provide drag-and-drop functionality, and use ASP.NET 3.5 to build the server-side part of the web layer
- Use LINQ to build the data access layer, and Windows Workflow Foundation to build the business layer as a collection of workflows
- Get maximum performance out of the ASP.NET AJAX Framework for faster, more dynamic, and scalable sites
- Build a custom web service call handler to overcome shortcomings in ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 for asynchronous, transactional, cache-friendly web services
- Solve scalability and security problems as your site grows from hundreds to millions of users
- Deploy and run a high-volume production site while solving software, hardware, hosting, and Internet infrastructure problems
also presents real-world ASP.NET challenges that the author has solved in building educational and enterprise portals, plus thirteen production disasters common to web applications serving millions of users. If you're ready to build state-of-the art, high-volume web applications, this book has exactly what you need.
Web 2.0 entrepreneur and Microsoft MVP Omar Zabir shows ASP.NET 2.0 developers how to build a cutting edge web portal using ASP.NET, the Microsoft AJAX Framework, Silverlight, and .NET 3.5.
- First title to show ASP.NET developers how to implement Web 2.0 principles and practices, using post-ASP.NET 2.0 technologies, including ASP.NET AJAX, .NET 3.5 and Silverlight: Many experienced ASP.NET 2.0 developers are under increasing pressure from customers and clients to provide them with the functionality and user experience found at Ajax-enabled sites such as PageFlakes, Google Start and others. Programming Web 2.0 with ASP.NET AJAX and .NET 3.0 assumes readers have mastered the core functionality of ASP.NET 2.0 and are looking for the new skills they need to take their sites to the next level. Newer technologies covered by the book include ASP.NET AJAX, .NET 3.5, Silverlight, LINQ and more.
- Written by Pageflakes co-founder and Microsoft MVP Omar AL Zabir: Omar AL Zabir is co-founder of PageFlakes (http://www.pageflakes.com/ ), an award-winning Start page. He maintains a popular blog on Microsoft technologies (http://msmvps.com/blogs/omar/) and frequently contributes articles to (see The Code Project ).
- Includes a complete Web 2.0 application built using Microsoft technologies and services:Building a Web 2.0 Portal includes code for a complete sample application that demonstrates how ASP.NET AJAX, .NET 3.5 and other technologies from Microsoft and third parties can be used to build a state of the art customer facing or enterprise portal. Code will be available for free download from the book site and from a site maintained by the author.
Web 2.0 entrepreneur and Microsoft MVP Al Zabir shows ASP.NET 2.0 developers how to build a cutting-edge Web portal using ASP.NET, the Microsoft AJAX Framework, Silverlight, and .NET 3.5.
About the Author
Omar AL Zabir is the CTO and co-founder of Pageflakes, a Microsoft MVP, the author of a popular .NET blog (http://msmvps.com/omar), and a frequent contributor to Code Project. In 2006, Page flakes out-ranked iGoogle, Live.com, Netvibes, and Protopage in a review conducted by Seattle-based SEOmoz.org.
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