Sams Teach Yourself ASP.NET 4 in 24 Hours: Complete Starter Kit


DVD includes Visual Web Developer 2010 Express and ASP.NET 4

In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, you’ll learn how to build complete, professional-quality web solutions with ASP.NET 4 and Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2010. Using this book’s straightforward, step-by-step approach, you’ll master the entire process, from site design through data collection, user management through debugging and deployment. Scott Mitchell, editor of top ASP.NET resource site ...

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DVD includes Visual Web Developer 2010 Express and ASP.NET 4

In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, you’ll learn how to build complete, professional-quality web solutions with ASP.NET 4 and Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2010. Using this book’s straightforward, step-by-step approach, you’ll master the entire process, from site design through data collection, user management through debugging and deployment. Scott Mitchell, editor of top ASP.NET resource site, shows how to use the newest ASP.NET 4 enhancements and make the most of free tools like ASP.NET Ajax and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express Edition. Each lesson builds on what you’ve already learned, giving you a strong, practical foundation for success!

Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common ASP.NET 4 development tasks.

Quizzes and Exercises at the end of each chapter help you test your knowledge.

By the Way, Did You Know?, and Watch Out! boxes point out shortcuts and solutions.

Learn how to…

  • Get started fast with ASP.NET 4 and Visual Web Developer 2010
  • Use Visual Web Developer 2010 to quickly build professional-quality ASP.NET websites
  • Design, create, and test ASP.NET web pages
  • Collect, process, and validate input from your site’s visitors
  • Build a website that supports user accounts
  • Create web pages that access, display, and edit database data using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express Edition
  • Define site maps to provide efficient, easy navigation
  • Use master pages to build more consistent and well-designed sites
  • Create more responsive and interactive web pages with ASP.NET Ajax
  • Host, upload, deploy, and update production web sites
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672333057
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 8/18/2010
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
  • Pages: 630
  • Sales rank: 678,807
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Mitchell is founder, editor, and main contributor of, a popular ASP.NET resource website. Scott has authored thousands of articles and tutorials on Microsoft web technologies. In addition to his vast collection of online articles, Scott has written seven previous books on ASP and ASP.NET: Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days (Sams); Designing Active Server Pages (O’Reilly); ASP.NET: Tips, Tutorials, and Code (Sams); ASP.NET Data Web Controls Kick Start (Sams); Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 24 Hours (Sams); Teach Yourself ASP.NET 2.0 in 24 Hours (Sams); and Teach Yourself ASP.NET 3.5 in 24 Hours (Sams).

Scott regularly speaks at ASP.NET user groups and conferences across the country and teaches classes on ASP.NET and related web technologies at the University of California-San Diego University Extension. Scott also works as an independent software developer. Scott can be reached at; his blog is available at www.ScottOnWriting.NET.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1


Hour 1: Getting Started with ASP.NET 4 7

What Is ASP.NET? 8

Installing the .NET Framework, Visual Web Developer, and SQL Server 2008 14

A Brief Tour of Visual Web Developer 16

Q&A 23

Workshop 24

Hour 2: Understanding the ASP.NET Programming Model 25

Examining the HTML Portion of an ASP.NET Page 25

Examining the Source Code Portion of an ASP.NET Page 44

Q&A 53

Workshop 53

Hour 3: Using Visual Web Developer 57

Creating a New Website 58

Opening Existing Websites 60

Working with Web Pages and Other Content 61

Customizing the Visual Web Developer Experience 65

Viewing, Moving, and Resizing Windows 68

A World of Help at Your Fingertips 69

Q&A 70

Workshop 71

Hour 4: Designing, Creating, and Testing ASP.NET Pages 73

Specifying the Design Requirements 73

Creating the User Interface 76

Writing the Source Code for the ASP.NET Page 82

Testing the Financial Calculator 86

Examining the Source Code 92

Using the Debugger 93

Q&A 97

Workshop 98

Hour 5: Understanding Visual Basic’s Variables and Operators 101

The Purpose of Programming Languages 102

Declaring and Using Variables 103

Examining Visual Basic’s Operators 110

Learning Visual Basic’s Type Rules 116

Q&A 118

Workshop 118

Hour 6: Managing Program Flow with Visual Basic’s Control Structures 121

Understanding Control Structures 122

Exploring the Conditional Control Structure 123

Working with Visual Basic’s Looping Control Structures 128

Exploring the Modularizing Control Structures: Subroutines and Functions 131

Q&A 142

Workshop 144

Hour 7: Working with Objects in Visual Basic 147

Reexamining the Role of Classes and Objects 148

Creating an Object 150

Setting an Object’s Properties 151

Calling an Object’s Methods 152

Creating Event Handlers for an Object’s Events 153

Q&A 155

Workshop 155

Hour 8: ASP.NET Web Controls for Displaying Text 157

Examining the Web Controls Designed for Displaying Text 157

Using the Literal Web Control 158

Using the Label Web Control 163

Q&A 172

Workshop 173


Hour 9: Web Form Basics 179

Gathering User Input in an HTML Web Page 180

Dissecting ASP.NET Web Forms 186

Q&A 198

Workshop 199

Hour 10: Using Text Boxes to Collect Input 201

Learning About the TextBox Web Control Basics 202

Creating Multiline and Password Text Boxes 205

Examining the TextBox Web Control’s Properties 211

Q&A 216

Workshop 218

Hour 11: Collecting Input Using Drop-Down Lists, Radio Buttons, and Check Boxes 221

Examining the Different Types of User Input Classifications 222

Examining the DropDownList Web Control 224

Selecting One Option from a List of Suitable Choices with RadioButton Web Controls 233

Using the CheckBox Web Control 238

Q&A 243

Workshop 244

Hour 12: Validating User Input with Validation Controls 247

Examining the Need for User Input Validation 248

Validating User Input in an ASP.NET Page 250

Examining the RequiredFieldValidator Validation Control 253

Examining the CompareValidator 261

Using the RangeValidator 268

Validating Input with the RegularExpressionValidator 269

Formatting Properties for the Validation Web Controls 272

A Look at the Remaining Validation Controls 274

Q&A 276

Workshop 277


Hour 13: Introducing Databases 283

Examining Database Fundamentals 284

Storing Structured Data 285

Creating a New Database 290

Creating Database Tables 292

Adding Data to the Books Table 298

Q&A 302

Workshop 303

Hour 14: Accessing Data with the Data Source Web Controls 305

Examining the Data Source Controls 306

A Look at SQL, the Language of Databases 314

Delving into the SQL SELECT Statement 314

Filtering and Sorting Data from the SqlDataSource Control’s Wizard 323

Q&A 330

Workshop 331

Hour 15: Displaying Data with the Data Web Controls 333

An Overview of Data Web Controls 333

Displaying Data with the GridView Control 337

Showing One Record at a Time with the DetailsView 347

Paging and Sorting with the GridView 351

Q&A 356

Workshop 357

Hour 16: Deleting, Inserting, and Editing Data 359

Updating, Deleting, and Inserting Data with the SqlDataSource 360

Looking at the Data-Modification SQL Statements 363

Editing and Deleting Data with the GridView 366

Inserting Data with the DetailsView 385

Q&A 388

Workshop 388

Hour 17: Working with Data-Bound DropDownLists, RadioButtons, and CheckBoxes 393

An Overview of the List Web Controls 394

Filtering Results Using the DropDownList 401

Collecting User Input with CheckBoxLists and RadioButtonLists 406

Q&A 412

Workshop 412

Hour 18: Exploring Data Binding and Other Data-Related Topics 415

Looking at the GridView and DetailsView’s Fields 416

Using Wildcards in a WHERE Filter Expression 426

An Examination of Data Binding 429

Q&A 436

Workshop 438

Hour 19: Using Templated Data Web Controls 441

Displaying Data Using the ListView Control 442

Paging and Sorting the ListView’s Data 450

Displaying One Record at a Time with the FormView Control 456

Q&A 463

Workshop 464


Hour 20: Defining a Site Map and Providing Site Navigation 469

An Overview of ASP.NET’s Site-Navigation Features 470

Defining the Website’s Structure Using a Site Map 471

Displaying a Breadcrumb with the SiteMapPath Control 476

Showing the Entire Site Structure 481

Q&A 492

Workshop 493

Hour 21: Using Master Pages to Provide Sitewide Page Templates 495

An Overview of Master Pages 496

Creating a Master Page 500

Creating a Content Page 507

Providing Default Content in a Master Page 510

Working with a Master Page’s Source Code Portion 513

Q&A 517

Workshop 517

Hour 22: Managing Your Site’s Users 521

An Overview of User Accounts in ASP.NET 522

Allowing Visitors to Create New User Accounts 533

Signing In to the Website with the Login Control 541

Displaying Content Based on Authentication Status 545

Examining the ASP.NET Web Site Template 547

Q&A 550

Workshop 551

Hour 23: Building More Responsive Web Pages with ASP.NET Ajax 555

An Overview of Ajax 556

Using the ASP.NET Ajax Library 558

Q&A 568

Workshop 569

Hour 24: Deploying Your Website 573

Choosing a Web-Hosting Company 574

Visiting the Remote Website 590

Q&A 592

Workshop 593

Index 595

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