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34. Displaying and Editing Database Data with ASP.NET

A History of Data Access

Over the past several years, sites have evolved into complex web applications. As sites evolved, the consumers of those sites evolved as well. We expect more from our sites, and a large part of meeting that expectation is providing access to dynamic data.

Microsoft first introduced data access to mainstream web developers in FrontPage 97 with the inclusion of IDC/HTX. Although IDC/HTX allowed web developers to create data-driven pages, it was a far cry from the ease of use necessary to really push data-driven sites into the mainstream. However, when Active Server Pages (ASP) technology was released very soon thereafter, developers finally had a way to build dynamic ...

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