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ASP.NET 2.0: A Developer's Notebook by Wei-Meng Lee

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Chapter 3. Web Parts

Web sites today contain a wealth of information, so much that a poorly designed site can easily overwhelm users. To better help users cope, portal web sites today (such as MSN) often organize their data into discrete units that support a degree of personalization. Information is organized into standalone parts, and users can rearrange those parts to suit their individual working styles. Such personalization also lets users hide parts that contain information in which they have no interest. What's more, users can save their settings so that the site will remember their preferences the next time they visit the site. In ASP.NET 2.0, you can now build web portals that offer this kind of modularization of information and personalization using the new Web Parts Framework.

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Add Web Parts to your page so that positions of the controls can be rearranged by the user.

ASP.NET 2.0 provides a set of ready-made controls to help you develop Web Parts for your portals. You'll find the available controls on the WebParts tab of the Toolbox. Let's start with the basics. In this lab, you will learn how to create Web Parts for your ASP.NET web application.

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