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Microsoft’s ASP and ASP.NET technologies made web development more accessible than ever. ASP.NET 2.0 makes it better than ever: streamlining data access, simplifying code reuse, and making it easier to achieve consistent look-and-feel. Whether you’re moving up to ASP.NET 2.0 from a previous version or just starting out with web development, George Shepherd gently walks you through everything you need to know, with plenty of step-by-step instructions.
Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 Step by Step is an entirely new book, not an update, so it fully reflects ASP.NET 2.0’s ways of doing things. After reviewing the absolute basics of web development -- HTTP, and so forth -- you’ll immediately start working with ASP.NET and Visual Studio 2005. Shepherd uses the traditional “Hello World” application to familiarize you with the ASP.NET pipeline and compilation models.
Shepherd moves through working with server-side control tags and Web Forms; using post-back events; creating and using server-side controls that render custom HTML; managing events within controls; and detecting and accounting for differences in browsers. He introduces several especially useful ASP.NET controls, including TreeView and validation controls; then explains ASP.NET’s Web Parts feature for creating portals. There’s also a full chapter on the new master pages, which make it extremely easy to create a common site look and feel.
One step at a time, Shepherd walks you through configuration, authentication, data binding, personalization, session state, caching, debugging, custom handlers, web services, and finally application deployment. There are plenty of C# code samples throughout, and on the CD-ROM. Prefer Visual Basic? You can download equivalent VB code samples from the book’s web site. Bill Camarda, from the January 2006 Read Only