ASP.NET 2.0 MVP Hacks and Tips

ASP.NET 2.0 MVP Hacks and Tips

by David Yack, Joe Mayo, Scott Hanselman, Fredrik Normen
  • This unique book offers readers invaluable information from the cream of the crop-Microsoft MVPs-who are now sharing undocumented hacks for the first time
  • Packed with superlative advice on ASP, Microsoft's popular technology for Web sites, this book will help readers become more productive developers, find solutions to problems they thought unsolvable, and


  • This unique book offers readers invaluable information from the cream of the crop-Microsoft MVPs-who are now sharing undocumented hacks for the first time
  • Packed with superlative advice on ASP, Microsoft's popular technology for Web sites, this book will help readers become more productive developers, find solutions to problems they thought unsolvable, and develop better applications
  • During their many years of working with ASP.NET, Microsoft MVPs have answered thousands of questions, putting them in the distinctive position of knowing exactly what readers need to know
  • Many of the hacks will apply to multiple versions of ASP.NET, not just 2.0 but 1.0 and 1.1 as well

This book is also available as part of the 5-book ASP.NET 2.0 Wrox Box (ISBN: 0-470-11757-5). This 5-book set includes:

  • Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Special Edition (ISBN: 0-470-04178-1)
  • ASP.NET 2.0 Website Programming: Problem - Design - Solution (ISBN: 0764584642 )
  • Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Security, Membership, and Role Management (ISBN: 0764596985)
  • Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Server Control and Component Development (ISBN: 0471793507)
  • ASP.NET 2.0 MVP Hacks and Tips (ISBN: 0764597663)
  • CD-ROM with more than 1000 pages of bonus chapters from 15 other .NET 2.0 and SQL Server(TM) 2005 Wrox books
  • DVD with 180-day trial version of Microsoft(r) Visual Studio(r) 2005 Professional Edition

Editorial Reviews
The Barnes & Noble Review
Who understands Microsoft technology best? Microsoft MVPs: the few, proud, elite tech professionals who’ve made it a mission to share their knowledge with the world. Now, Microsoft’s ASP.NET MVPs have compiled dozens of their most creative solutions, undocumented features, and tricks for solving problems you just can’t handle “by the book.”

You know that Master Pages are among ASP.NET 2.0’s most widely anticipated features; ASP.NET 2.0 MVP Hacks and Tips takes you beyond the basics, showing how to modify them programmatically, nest them, and share them across applications. You know controls make it easier to package whatever you’re developing; this book walks you through building one that publishes RSS, using ASP.NET’s built-in XML support. (Voilà: simple content management, without the hassle.)

If you’re an experienced ASP.NET developer, you’re certainly familiar with HttpHandler and the HttpModule architecture. This book shows how to do far more with them than you ever thought possible. The authors offer up an IP blacklisting HttpModule; show how to use HttpHandlers to discourage image leeching; even show how to use Edward Tufte’s “sparklines” -- miniature graphic charts -- to communicate information far more efficiently.

Along the way, you’ll get started with Atlas, Microsoft’s free framework for building richer, more interactive web apps. You’ll find a full chapter on leveraging Visual Studio 2005’s debugging improvements, including visualizers. There are tips for using GridView, data binding, and caching; as well as chapters of security and deployment hacks. There are even hacks for folks who haven’t upgraded from ASP.NET 1.1. There’s plenty that’s useful here, and much that’s flat-out brilliant. Bill Camarda, from the July 2006 Read Only

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Meet the Author

David Yack is the president of Colorado Technology Consultants, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner based in Colorado. He is a Microsoft Regional Director and a Microsoft MVP for ASP.NET. As a senior hands-on technology and business consultant with over 18 years of industry experience, David enjoys developing applications for both the Windows and Unix platforms, specializing in large system architecture and design. David embraced .NET during the final beta days of version 1.0 and has been helping clients migrate and build new applications on the technology, as well as helping to mentor and train their staffs. David is a frequent speaker at user group and industry events and is on the author teams of two NET 2.0–related books. David also founded and is on the leadership team for the South Colorado .NET User Group. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and two children. You can always track David down via his blog at http:/ where he writes about his .NET adventures.

Joe Mayo runs his own company, Mayo Software, and is an author, consultant, and instructor specializing in .NET technologies. He operates the C# Station website ( and is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP). Joe’s previous books include C# Unleashed (Sams) and C# Builder Kick Start (Sams). For more information about Joe, please visit

Scott Hanselman is currently the chief architect at the Corillian Corporation (NASDAQ: CORI), an eFinance enabler. He has over 13 years experience developing software in C, C++, VB, COM, and certainly in VB.NET and C#. Scott is proud to be both a Microsoft RD as well as an MVP for both ASP.NET and Solutions Architecture. Scott has spoken at dozens of conferences worldwide, including three TechEds and the North African DevCon. He is a primary contributor to “newtelligence DasBlog Community Edition 1.8,” the most popular open-source ASP.NET blogging software hosted on SourceForge. This is the fourth book Scott has worked on for Wrox. His thoughts on the Zen of .NET, programming, and Web Services can be found on his blog at He welcomes e-mail at

Fredrik Normén is a consultant who works for Callista Knowledgebase AB. He works mostly as a mentor, solution developer, architect, and instructor. He has worked with the .NET framework since the first bit of .NET 1.0 was released in 2000. He has over 10 years of experience building web applications, started with Perl and moving on to ASP and ASP.NET. You can find Fredrik’s blog at

Dan Wahlin (Microsoft MVP for ASP.NET and XMLWeb Services) is the president of Wahlin Consulting LLC, which provides enterprise consulting and training services as well as ASP.NET server controls. He also founded the XML for ASP.NET Developers website (, which focuses on using XML, ADO.NET and Web Services in Microsoft’s .NET platform. Dan is a regular speaker at different .NET conferences and is a member of the INETASpeaker’s Bureau, which enables him to interact with .NET user groups around the United States. He has also authored/co-authored five books on various .NET technologies and writes for several technical magazines.

J. Ambrose Little is an ASP Insider and Microsoft MVP who works as a senior software engineer for a Tampa-based commercial software company and as the content director for He’s an author of numerous articles, co-author of Professional ADO.NET 2 and ASP.NET 2.0 MVP Hacks and Tips, and has spoken at various .NET user groups and events in Florida.

Jonathan D. Goodyear is the president of ASPSOFT, Inc, a software consulting company based out of Orlando, Florida. He is a contributing editor for both Visual Studio Magazine and asp.netPRO Magazine, and frequently speaks at major technology conferences such as VSLive and ASP.NET Connections. Jonathan was a featured speaker at the Visual Studio 2005 Launch Event in Orlando, Florida, and speaks at numerous .NET user groups through the International .NET Association (INETA). He wrote one of the first books about .NET development, Debugging ASP.NET (New Riders Publishing), and appeared in a video, Visual Studio .NET: An Introduction, by He is the founder and editor of the online magazine, and is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for ASP.NET, an ASP Insider, and the Microsoft regional director (RD) for Florida.

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