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Way back when, Microsoft’s COM technology unleashed a huge marketplace for components -- and a torrent of developer creativity. Now Microsoft hopes that ASP.NET server controls and components will have the same impact on web development -- and, judging from the early marketplace reaction, it just might happen. Whether you’re interested in ASP.NET controls purely for your own projects or as a way to market your server-side code to the world, this book is your definitive resource.
The authors bring together expert guidance for every facet of development: architectural guidelines, extensive task-based information, and, of course, plenty of (downloadable) code samples. Their code samples use standards created by ASP.NET’s own development team -- not surprising, given that one of the book’s coauthors served on that team. Follow this book’s approach, and your controls will fit neatly with the built-in controls that ship with ASP.NET.
Early on, the authors introduce both models for implementing ASP.NET server controls, showing how to use (and choose between) declaratively authored user controls and programmatically authored custom controls. Next, they introduce composite and templated controls; controls with client-side behavior; validator and data-bound controls; and practical techniques for localization and licensing.
There’s a full section on integrating web service functionality into an associated server control, including optimization via caching. The authors conclude with a series of detailed case studies, including a data-bound templated control that generates customizable, interactive, columnar data representations, and a DHTML date picker control that encapsulates logic for targeting multiple browsers. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.