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Application Development Using Visual Basic® and .NET by Dana L. Wyatt, Peter Thorsteinson, Robert J. Oberg

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What Is ASP.NET?

We begin our exploration of ASP.NET by looking at a very simple Web application. Along the way we will establish a testbed for ASP.NET programming, and we will review some of the fundamentals of Web processing. Our little example will reveal some of the challenges in developing Web applications, and we can then appreciate the features and benefits of ASP.NET, which we will elaborate in the rest of the chapter.

Web Application Fundamentals

A Web application consists of document and code pages in various formats. The simplest kind of document is a static HTML page, which contains information that will be formatted and displayed by a Web browser. An HTML page may also contain hyperlinks to other HTML pages. A hyperlink (or just ...

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