The evolution of ASP.NET continues! The progression from Active Server Pages 3.0 to ASP.NET 1.0 was revolutionary, to say the least. And now the revolution continues with the latest release of ASP.NET — version 3.5. The original introduction of ASP.NET 1.0 fundamentally changed the Web programming model. ASP.NET 3.5 is just as revolutionary in the way it will increase your productivity. As of late, the primary goal of ASP.NET is to enable you to build powerful, secure, dynamic applications using the least possible amount of code. Although this book covers the new features provided by ASP.NET 3.5, it also covers all the offerings of ASP.NET technology.
If you are new to ASP.NET and building your first set of applications in ASP.NET 3.5, you may be amazed by the vast amount of wonderful server controls it provides. You may marvel at how it enables you to work with data more effectively using a series of data providers. You may be impressed at how easily you can build in security and personalization.
The outstanding capabilities of ASP.NET 3.5 do not end there, however. This chapter looks at many exciting options that facilitate working with ASP.NET pages and applications. One of the first steps you, the developer, should take when starting a project is to become familiar with the foundation you are building on and the options available for customizing that foundation.
With ASP.NET 3.5, you have the option — using ...