Teach yourself the fundamentals of Web development with ASP.NET 3.5—one step at a time. With STEP BY STEP, you get the guidance and learn-by-doing examples you need to start building Web applications and Web services in the Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 environment. The author—a highly regarded programming expert, writer, and instructor—illuminates ASP.NET features through practical examples that help developers quickly grasp concepts and apply techniques to the real world. The book also includes a companion CD with code samples, data sets, and a fully searchable eBook.
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About the Author
George Shepherd is an expert on the Microsoft .NET Framework and develops some of the industry's leading third-party .NET-based tools. He is the coauthor of several popular programming books, an instructor for DevelopMentor, a speaker at industry conferences, and has served as a contributing editor for MSDN Magazine. He's been programming with Windows since version 2.0, in the 1980s.
Table of Contents
Dedication; Introduction; The Road to ASP.NET 3.5; Using This Book; Conventions and Features in This Book; System Requirements; Using Microsoft Access; Code Samples; Software Release; Support for This Book; Acknowledgments; Fundamentals; Chapter 1: Web Application Basics; 1.1 HTTP Requests; 1.2 HyperText Markup Language; 1.3 Dynamic Content; 1.4 Internet Information Services; 1.5 Classic ASP (Putting ASP.NET into Perspective); 1.6 Web Development Concepts; 1.7 ASP.NET; 1.8 Summary; 1.9 Quick Reference; Chapter 2: ASP.NET Application Fundamentals; 2.1 The Canonical Hello World Application; 2.2 The ASP.NET Compilation Model; 2.3 Coding Options; 2.4 The ASP.NET HTTP Pipeline; 2.5 Visual Studio and ASP.NET; 2.6 Summary; 2.7 Quick Reference; Chapter 3: The Page Rendering Model; 3.1 Rendering Controls as Tags; 3.2 Packaging UI as Components; 3.3 Adding Controls Using Visual Studio; 3.4 Summary; 3.5 Quick Reference; Chapter 4: Custom Rendered Controls; 4.1 The Control Class; 4.2 Visual Studio and Custom Controls; 4.3 A Palindrome Checker; 4.4 Controls and Events; 4.5 HtmlTextWriter and Controls; 4.6 Controls and ViewState; 4.7 Summary; 4.8 Quick Reference; Chapter 5: Composite Controls; 5.1 Composite Controls versus Rendered Controls; 5.2 Custom Composite Controls; 5.3 User Controls; 5.4 When to Use Each Type of Control; 5.5 Summary; 5.6 Quick Reference; Chapter 6: Control Potpourri; 6.1 Validation; 6.2 Image-Based Controls; 6.3 TreeView; 6.4 MultiView; 6.5 Summary; 6.6 Quick Reference; Advanced Features; Chapter 7: Web Parts; 7.1 A Brief History of Web Parts; 7.2 What Good Are Web Parts?; 7.3 The Web Parts Architecture; 7.4 Developing a Web Part; 7.5 Summary; 7.6 Quick Reference; Chapter 8: A Consistent Look and Feel; 8.1 A Consistent Look and Feel; 8.2 ASP.NET Master Pages; 8.3 Themes; 8.4 Skins; 8.5 Summary; 8.6 Quick Reference; Chapter 9: Configuration; 9.1 Windows Configuration; 9.2 .NET Configuration; 9.3 Configuring ASP.NET from IIS; 9.4 Summary; 9.5 Quick Reference; Chapter 10: Logging In; 10.1 Web-Based Security; 10.2 ASP.NET Authentication Services; 10.3 Managing Users; 10.4 ASP.NET Login Controls; 10.5 Authorizing Users; 10.6 Summary; 10.7 Quick Reference; Chapter 11: Data Binding; 11.1 Representing Collections without Data Binding; 11.2 Representing Collections with Data Binding; 11.3 Simple Data Binding; 11.4 Accessing Databases; 11.5 The .NET Database Story; 11.6 ASP.NET Data Sources; 11.7 Other Data-bound Controls; 11.8 LINQ; 11.9 Summary; 11.10 Quick Reference; Chapter 12: Web Site Navigation; 12.1 ASP.NET's Navigation Support; 12.2 The Navigation Controls; 12.3 Building a Navigable Web Site; 12.4 Trapping the SiteMapResolve Event; 12.5 Custom Attributes for Each Node; 12.6 Security Trimming; 12.7 URL Mapping; 12.8 Summary; 12.9 Quick Reference; Chapter 13: Personalization; 13.1 Personalizing Web Visits; 13.2 Personalization in ASP.NET; 13.3 Using Personalization; 13.4 Summary; 13.5 Quick Reference; Caching and State Management; Chapter 14: Session State; 14.1 Why Session State?; 14.2 ASP.NET and Session State; 14.3 Introduction to Session State; 14.4 Session State and More Complex Data; 14.5 Configuring Session State; 14.6 Tracking Session State; 14.7 Other Session Configuration Settings; 14.8 The Wizard Control: Alternative to Session State; 14.9 Summary; 14.10 Quick Reference; Chapter 15: Application Data Caching; 15.1 Using the Data Cache; 15.2 Impact of Caching; 15.3 Managing the Cache; 15.4 Summary; 15.5 Quick Reference; Chapter 16: Caching Output; 16.1 Caching Page Content; 16.2 Managing Cached Content; 16.3 Caching User Controls; 16.4 When Output Caching Makes Sense; 16.5 Summary; 16.6 Quick Reference; Diagnostics and Plumbing; Chapter 17: Diagnostics and Debugging; 17.1 Page Tracing; 17.2 Application Tracing; 17.3 Debugging with Visual Studio; 17.4 Error Pages; 17.5 Unhandled Exceptions; 17.6 Summary; 17.7 Quick Reference; Chapter 18: The HttpApplication Class and HTTP Modules; 18.1 The Application: A Rendezvous Point; 18.2 Overriding HttpApplication; 18.3 HttpModules; 18.4 Global.asax versus HttpModules; 18.5 Summary; 18.6 Quick Reference; Chapter 19: Custom Handlers; 19.1 Handlers; 19.2 Built-in Handlers; 19.3 IHttpHandler; 19.4 Handlers and Session State; 19.5 Generic Handlers (ASHX Files); 19.6 Summary; 19.7 Quick Reference; Services, AJAX, Deployment, and Silverlight; Chapter 20: ASP.NET Web Services; 20.1 Remoting;;;;;; 20.2 Remoting over the Web; 20.3 If You Couldn't Use ASP.NET...; 20.4 A Web Service in ASP.NET; 20.5 Consuming Web Services; 20.6 Asynchronous Execution; 20.7 Evolution of Web Services; 20.8 Other Features; 20.9 Summary; 20.10 Quick Reference; Chapter 21: Windows Communication Foundation; 21.1 Distributed Computing Redux; 21.2 A Fragmented Communications API; 21.3 WCF for Connected Systems; 21.4 WCF Constituent Elements; 21.5 How WCF Plays with ASP.NET; 21.6 Writing a WCF Service; 21.7 Building a WCF Client; 21.8 Summary; 21.9 Quick Reference; Chapter 22: AJAX; 22.1 What Is AJAX?; 22.2 AJAX Overview; 22.3 ASP.NET Server-Side Support for AJAX; 22.4 AJAX Client Support; 22.5 Getting Familiar with AJAX; 22.6 The Timer; 22.7 Updating Progress; 22.8 Extender Controls; 22.9 Summary; 22.10 Quick Reference; Chapter 23: ASP.NET and WPF Content; 23.1 What Is WPF?; 23.2 WPF Content and Web Applications; 23.3 What about Silverlight?; 23.4 Summary; 23.5 Quick Reference; Chapter 24: How Web Application Types Affect Deployment; 24.1 Visual Studio Projects; 24.2 Precompiling; 24.3 Summary; 24.4 Quick Reference; Glossary;
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Having read several Step by Step books and having appreciated the series for what it is--introductory, quick, hands on--this book was a huge disappointment. It is inconsistent with the Step by Step series because as early as Chapter 4 it covers advanced topics, such as creating custom controls, that the intermediate/advanced texts don't even consider until much later, if at all. It inexplicably does this without even covering the basics first. It's idea of the basicis is to cover some history and the inner workings of IIS. You can also tell that much of the book is simply a copy-and-paste from the previous edition. Screenshots of the samples still display the directory structure of the 2.0 edition, for example, so they do not match the included sample directories. There are also many errors, only a handful of which are listed in the errata. One glaring error is that the sample code will not install on Vista AT ALL unless you uninstall IIS first. Both the readme and the errata discuss this issue, but neither offers the actual resolution--the reader is left to figure it out on their own. There are countless little errors, sometimes it seems every page or so, where the author states to click this or select that, except this and that are not available where he states. He says to open a certain dialog, but gives no indication where the dialog can be found, etc. Prospective readers should also note that the requirements for this 'beginner' book are pretty steep: VS 2008 -NOT Express- and ISS chief among them. The book does state this so I have not rated on this point, but it should serve as another exaple of how the book does not fit the Step by Step genre. If you've read many programming books you know that most are mediocre, a few are great, and once in a while you get one that should have never made it past the editor. This is the latter. I usually sell, trade, or give away books that I have no use for, but I could only keep a clear conscience by sending this one for recycling.