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Programming Microsoft® ASP.NET 3.5 by Dino Esposito

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Data Source Components

ASP.NET 1.x has an extremely flexible and generic data-binding architecture that gives developers full control of the page life cycle. Developers can link data-bound controls such as the DataGrid to any enumerable collection of data. While this approach represents a quantum leap from classic ASP, it still requires page developers to learn a lot of architectural details to create even relatively simple read-only pages. This is a problem for Web developers with limited skills because they soon get into trouble if left alone to decide how (or whether) to implement paging, sorting, updates, or perhaps a master/detail view. But this is also a (different) problem for experienced developers, as they have to continually re-implement ...

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