In the spring of 2006, I had the privilege of taking a very early look at what would eventually
become ASP.NET MVC. Scott Guthrie of Microsoft arranged a personal demo just for me backstage at the DevConnections conference in balmy Nice, France. At the time, I had just started playing with ASP.NET Web Forms and the Model-View-Presenter (MVP) pattern.
to see the usual great set of designers to automatically define models, controllers,
and views. Instead, I was surprised to see a brand-new application model being
worked out on top of the same ASP.NET runtime.
Ten years ago, when I used FrontPage for the first time, I was amazed at how far ahead of its time the
program was. The ability to work with tables, visual formatting, styles, and pinpoint accurate designs
truly amazed me. I was a skeptic when it came to visual editors, and preferred Notepad whenever
possible. FrontPage changed that in me, and made me look at Web development in a whole new light.
Still, many considered FrontPage a simple visual editor that accomplishes little but aid in the development
of static Web pages.
Web development is very exciting. There’s nothing like the feeling you have after
you place your first dynamic web site online, and see your little toy in action while
other people are actually using it!
Web development with ASP.NET is particularly exciting. If you’ve never created a
dynamic web site before, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with this area of web develop
ment. If you’ve worked with other server-side technologies, I expect you’ll be a little
shocked by the differences. ...
Since 1996, ASP programmers have faced one upgrade after another, often with no
extremely visible advantages until version 3.x—it’s been quite a wild ride. Now we
have the first significant improvement in ASP programming within our grasp—
ASP.NET.Our reliance on a watered-down version of Visual Basic has been alleviated
now that ASP.NET pages may be programmed in both Microsoft’s new and
more powerful version of Visual Basic or the latest version of C++: C#, which is
more Web friendly.ASP.NET allows programmers and developers to work with both
ASP.NET makes application development much easier than it was with classic ASP, and hence it has dramatically improved developers' productivity. ASP.NET enables you to provide richer functionality to your Web applications by writing the least amount of code. The best part is that ASP.NET enables you to select any of the available .NET
programming languages. So, unlike classic ASP, in which you had to depend on interpreted VBScript and JScript languages, ASP.NET provides a wide choice of programming languages....
The web application landscape is vast and varied. Microsoft’s ASP.NET Framework—
built on top of the mature and robust .NET Framework—is one of the most trusted
platforms in the industry. ASP.NET MVC is Microsoft’s latest addition to the world of
ASP.NET providing web developers with an alternative development approach that
helps you build web applications with ease.
The main goal of this book is simple: to help you to build a complete understanding
of the ASP.NET MVC 4 Framework from the ground up. However, it doesn’t stop there
—the book combines fundamental ASP.
Although this book is about ASP.NET, you can’t fully appreciate this new technology
unless you understand how Web development has evolved over the last few years. In
this first chapter, I’ll provide you with a brief history of the various ways in which Web
applications have traditionally been developed. I’ll start with HTML and then go quickly
through the Common Gateway Interface (CGI), the Internet Server Application
Programming Interface (ISAPI), and Active Server Pages (ASP).
Thank you for purchasing Beginning Ajax with ASP.NET. We know that you have a lot of options when
selecting a programming book and are glad that you have chosen ours. We’re sure you will be pleased
with the relevant content and high quality you have come to expect from the Wrox Press line of books.
Ajax is a set of technologies that will revolutionize the way that web-based applications are designed. It
revolutionizes the way that applications are used, provides users a responsive application, and provides
developers with the alternatives for building their applications.
Welcome to the exciting world of HTML5! If you’re an ASP.NET developer looking to turbocharge your
ASP.NET applications with HTML5 features, you’ve picked the right book. Compared to its successors,
HTML5 offers a much richer and complex set of features. HTML5 isn’t just about additional markup tags—
it’s about APIs that you can program using client-side script.
On one hand, HTML5 simplifies tasks that weren’t possible previously; but at the same time, it calls for
a detailed understanding of HTML5 features and ways to integrate those features into your applications.
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. If you understand the basics of Web programming, you should not have much trouble following along with this book's content.
Anyone new to web programming should be able to follow along because no prior background in web development is assumed although it helps if you do have a basic understanding of HTML and the web in general. The book starts at the very beginning of web development by showing you how to obtain and install Visual Web Developer. The chapters that follow gradually introduce you to new technologies, building on top of the knowledge gained in the previous chapters.
Because this is a book about web development and operations, you need to know more than
just how to build web sites. You also have to understand how teams within a company interact,
and which best practices it’s important to follow. The interaction of software engineers and system
administrators has given rise to the term developer operations or DevOps, because of the
way these teams cross each other’s boundaries to work as a single logical unit.
With the latest incarnations of ASP.NET 2.0 and SQL Server 2005, programming dynamic data-driven websites with Microsoft technologies has become easier and much more efficient than ever before. Fewer mouse clicks and fewer lines of code can now enable more powerful features and the tools you need—Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition and SQL Server 2005 Express Edition
ASP (Active Server Pages) is a web development technology that's leapt through several
stages of evolution. It was first introduced as an easy way to add dynamic content to ordinary
web pages. Since then, it’s grown into something much more ambitious: a platformfor
creating advanced web applications, including e-commerce shops, data-driven portal sites,
and just about anything else you can find on the Internet.
ASP.NET 2.0 is the latest version of ASP, and it represents the most dramatic change yet.
What is ASP?
– Server-side scripting technology
– Files containing HTML and scripting code
– Access via HTTP requests
– Scripting code is interpreted on server side
• What can I do with ASP?
– Easily and quickly create simple Web applications
– Generate dynamic Web content
– Client-side scripting for validation
– Access COM components to extend functionality
With the release of the .NET Framework, Microsoft is taking the most significant risk
in its history. Microsoft has spent billions of dollars, representing over 80 percent
its R&D budget, on designing and constructing this fundamental shift in its development
tools in order to build a framework for the future of application development. Microsoft
has effectively realized its vision of Windows in every PC and a PC on every desktop.
Welcome to the XML.NET Developer’s Guide! We have taken great care to create a
quality reference book for XML programmers who want to enhance their coding
skills to include applications for the .NET platform.This book assumes that you do
have previous exposure to XML and are familiar with VB.NET, C#, and ASP.NET.
In other words, this book is not for a novice or beginner.
Since its inception in February of 1998, XML has been moving forward through
the continued efforts of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
Visual Basic, used to write Windows applications and web apps with ASP.NET, is an essential language for beginning programmers. Using the time-tested Wrox approach, this guide provides a step-by-step format that gets beginners up and running quickly and confidently. Essential topics covered include writing Windows applications, working with dialog boxes and menus, object oriented programming techniques, programming for graphics, using Visual Basic with ASP.NET for web apps, and dealing with data access and SQL Server....
Before, we dive into the evolution of ASP, we should review some basic Web client/server
fundamentals. At the highest level, communication in a Web-based environment occurs
between two entities: (1) a Web client (most commonly a Web browser such as Internet
Explorer or Netscape Navigator), which is an application that requests files from a Web
server, and (2) a Web server, which is a software application, usually residing on a server,
that handles client requests.