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Migrating from VB6 to VB.NET to write web software? Moving from ASP/VBScript to ASP.NET/VB.NET? Or just starting out with ASP and VB? For just a few bucks more than Microsoft’s stand-alone VB.NET Standard Edition, you can also get one of the best ASP.NET introductory guides out there: G. Andrew Duthie’s Microsoft ASP.NET Programming with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Step by Step.
By the time you’re finished with this book, you’ll have the skills to write some pretty significant web applications, services, and server controls. But Duthie starts you off very gently. In Part I, you’ll learn (or review) the basics of the .NET platform, VB.NET development environment, creating new projects, and the basics of VB.NET syntax.
Duthie covers fundamental techniques for working with ASP.NET infrastructure: managing application and session state and configuring applications using ASP.NET’s new XML-based config files. He offers an extensive introduction to ASP.NET security -- everything from removing unnecessary Windows 2000 services to enabling authentication and encryption, and from restricting user input to using trusted SQL Server connections.
Duthie next turns to ASP.NET Web Forms, which let you build web applications that deliver much of the traditional VB rich-client, event-driven experience. He introduces ASP.NET server controls for sending email, registration, calendars, ad rotation, and other tasks, then introduces ASP.NET’s controls for database access. In the book’s final section, Duthie takes you “beyond the basics,” showing how to create custom server controls and web services, use caching to improve performance, debug your applications, and finally, deploy them quickly and reliably. 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.