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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