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Advanced ASP.NET AJAX Server Controls For .NET Framework 3.5

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Microsoft .NET Development Series

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Architect, Microsoft

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“This foremost series on .NET contains vital information for developers who need to get the most out of the .NET Framework. Our authors are selected from the key innovators who create the technology and are the most respected practitioners of it.”

Brad Abrams

Group Program Manager, Microsoft

ASP.NET AJAX server controls can encapsulate even the most powerful AJAX functionality, helping you build more elegant, maintainable, and scalable applications. This is the first comprehensive, code-rich guide to custom ASP.NET AJAX server controls for experienced ASP.NET developers. Unlike other books on ASP.NET AJAX, this book focuses solely on server control development and reflects the significant improvements in ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX and the latest Visual Studio 2008 features for streamlining AJAX development

Adam Calderon and Joel Rumerman first review the core Microsoft AJAX Library and JavaScript techniques needed to support a rich client-side experience. Next, they build upon these techniques showing how to create distributable AJAX-enabled controls that include rich browser-independent JavaScript client-side functionality. The authors thoroughly explain both the JavaScript and .NET aspects of control development and how these two distinct environments come together to provide a foundation for building a rich user experience using ASP.NET AJAX.

  • Create object-oriented cross-browser JavaScript that supports .NET style classes, interfaces, inheritance, and method overloading

  • Work with components, behaviors, and controls, and learn how they relate to DOM elements

  • Learn Sys.Application and the part it plays in object creation, initialization, and events in the Microsoft AJAX Library

  • Build Extender and Script controls that provide integrated script generation for their corresponding client-side counterparts

  • Localize ASP.NET AJAX controls including client script

  • Discover ASP.NET AJAX client and server communication architecture and the new support for Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)

  • Understand ASP.NET AJAX Application Services

  • Create custom Application Services

  • Design controls for a partial postback environment

  • Understand the AJAX Control Toolkit architecture and the many features it provides

  • Develop highly interactive controls using the AJAX Control Toolkit

  • Understand AJAX Control Toolkit architecture and build controls that utilize the toolkit

  • Foreword xxv

    Preface xxvii

    Acknowledgments xxxv

    About the Authors xxxix

    Part I: Client Code

    Chapter 1: Programming with JavaScript 3

    Chapter 2: Microsoft AJAX Library Programming 51

    Part II: Controls

    Chapter 3: Components 121

    Chapter 4: Sys.Application 169

    Chapter 5: Adding Client Capabilities to Server Controls 207

    Chapter 6: ASP.NET AJAX Localization 255

    Chapter 7: Control Development in a Partial Postback Environment 317

    Part III: Communication

    Chapter 8: ASP.NET AJAX Communication Architecture 371

    Chapter 9: Application Services 425

    Part IV: AJAX Control Toolkit

    Chapter 10: ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit Architecture 481

    Chapter 11: Adding Client Capabilities to Server Controls Using the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit 513


    Appendix A: JavaScript in Visual Studio 2008 547

    Appendix B: Validating Method Parameters 555

    Appendix C: ASP.NET Handlers and Modules 559

    Appendix D: Client Error Handling Code 569

    Index 577