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This book was written to introduce you to the features and capabilities that ASP. NET 3. 5 offers, as well as to give you an explanation of the foundation that ASP. NET provides. We assume you have a general understanding of Web technologies, such as previous versions of ASP. NET, Active Server Pages 2. 0/3. 0, or JavaServer Pages.
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Building on the revolutionary ASP.NET 2.0 release, ASP.NET 3.5 adds several key new developer features including AJAX, LINQ, and a new CSS designer in Visual Web Developer 2008. The dramatic reduction in code that developers realized from the more than 50 new server controls in ASP.NET 2.0 now allows developers the time to make their applications more interactive with AJAX, to work with data in their preferred language with LINQ, and to build visually attractive and consistent standards-based sites with CSS. "Professional ASP.NET 3.5" helps the experienced programmer put these new technologies into action. Greatly expanded from the original best-selling Professional ASP.NET 2.0, "Professional ASP.NET 3.5" covers all the key technologies retained from 2.0 in new depth alongside the hundreds of pages of coverage of the important new 3.5 features.Written by 3 of the most well-known and influential ASP.NET developers who were highly praised by ASP.NET creator Scott Guthrie for their ASP.NET 2.0 books, "Professional ASP.NET 3.5" is the book you'll learn the language from and turn to day after day as you write web applications. And as always, "Professional ASP.NET 3.5" features language examples in the book and in the code download in both C# and VB!Key new coverage for ASP.NET 3.5 includes: thorough coverage of how to implement ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX and the ASP.NET AJAX Toolkit; an introduction to LINQ and many LINQ examples throughout the book side-by-side with the related SQL example to show you the differences between the two; enhanced coverage of XML use in ASP.NET including the new XML Schema Designer Add-on, LINQ to XML, LINQ for XML examples, and XSLTC.exe, a command-line XSLT compiler; a new chapter on CSS design for ASP.NET and the Visual Web Developer CSS design tools; a new chapter on the ASP.NET lifecycle and architecture best-practices; increased coverage of ASP.NET with SQL Server 2005 and Oracle as the databases; and, coverage of enhancing your ASP.NET applications with Microsoft's new Silverlight for stunning video and animation uses.It also includes: coverage of Scott Hanselman's famous productivity tool picks for developers to help make you a more productive ASP.NET developer; and, updated coverage of migrating applications for previous ASP.NET versions.Key coverage retained and improved from the "ASP.NET 2.0" book includes: the idea of the server control and its pivotal role in ASP.NET development; how to create templated ASP.NET pages using the master page feature; techniques for debugging and handling errors; ways to package and deploy ASP.NET applications; how to retrieve, update, and delete data quickly and logically; how to implement the cultures and regions features to localize your web site into multiple languages for different visitors; an understanding of how to use and extend the provider model for accessing data stores, processes, and more; and, how to keep track of your application's performance and health with monitoring tools. This book is for experienced programmers and developers who are looking to make the transition to ASP.NET 3.5. About the Author:
Bill Evjen is an active proponent of .NET technologies and community–based learning initiatives for .NET. He has been actively involved with .NET since the first bits were released in 2000. In the same year, Bill founded the St. Louis .NET User Group (www.stlnet.org), one of the world’s first such groups. Bill is also the founder and former executive director of the International .NET Association (www.ineta.org), which represents more than 500,000 members worldwide.
Based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Bill is an acclaimed author and speaker on ASP.NET and XML Web Services. He has authored or co–authored more than fifteen books including Professional C# 2008, Professional VB 2008, ASP.NET Professional Secrets, XML Web Services for ASP.NET, and Web Services Enhancements: Understanding the WSE for Enterprise Applications (all published by Wiley Publishing, Inc.). In addition to writing, Bill is a speaker at numerous conferences, including DevConnections, VSLive, and TechEd. Along with these items, Bill works closely with Microsoft as a Microsoft Regional Director and an MVP.
Bill is the Technical Architect for Lipper (www.lipperweb.com), a wholly–owned subsidiary of Reuters, the international news and financial services company. He graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham,Washington, with a Russian language degree. When he isn’t tinkering on the computer, he can usually be found at his summer house in Toivakka, Finland. You can reach Bill at email@example.com.
Scott Hanselman works for Microsoft as a Senior Program Manager in the Developer Division, aiming to spread the good word about developing software, most often on the Microsoft stack. Before this he worked in eFinance for 6+ years and before that he was a Principal Consultant a Microsoft Partner for nearly 7 years. He was also involved in a few things like the MVP and RD programs and will speak about computers (and other passions) whenever someone will listen to him. He blogs at http://www.hanselman.com and podcasts at http://www.hanselminutes.com and contributes to http://www.asp.net, http://www.windowsclient.net, and http://www.silverlight.net.
Devin Rader is a Product Manager on the Infragistics Web Client team, responsible for leading the creation of Infragistics ASP.NET and Silverlight products. Devin is also an active proponent and member of the .NET developer community, being a co–founder of the St. Louis .NET User Group, an active member of the New Jersey .NET User Group, a former board member of the International .NET Association (INETA), and a regular speaker at user groups. He is also a contributing author on the Wrox title Silverlight 1.0 and a technical editor for several other Wrox publications and has written columns for ASP.NET Pro magazine, as well as .NET technology articles for MSDN Online. You can find more of Devin’s musings at www.geekswithblogs.com/devin.
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