Welcome to Pro ASP.NET 2.0 in VB 2005, Special Edition. In this book, you'll learn how ASP.NET 2.0 really works. You won't be bored with a rehash of the VB 2005 language--instead, you'll get the hard-won practical advice that you need to build sophisticated, scalable websites. New features are clearly identified, so if you've programmed with a previous version of ASP.NET you'll sail through the basics and get right to the most important changes and enhancements.
You'll also dig into advanced topics that other ASP.NET books leave out, like custom control creation, image handling, and encryption. You'll spend two complete chapters learning to make highly responsive pages with Ajax techniques and exploring Microsoft's next-generation Atlas platform. There's no better way to prepare for the future of the Web.
For this Special Edition of the book, we've also included a Bonus CD containing a host of valuable extras to help you really get to grips with the technology:
- A carefully selected library of chapters from eighteen other Apress Pro and Expert titles designed to complement this book and broaden your knowledge of ASP.NET 2.0, C# 2005, VB 2005, and SQL Server 2005. That's over 2,000 information-rich pages in eBook form. All fully supported with code samples on apress.com.
- An eBook copy of ASPToday.com on ASP.NET 2.0 containing thirty-three articles covering ASP.NET 2.0 and SQL Server 2005 from Apress' ASPToday website. ASPToday specializes in publishing quality articles for ASP developers. This is the first time this material is being made available in eBook form.
- A full selection of our .NET 2.0 Roadmaps that illustrate how Apress books can be linked together by you, the reader, to create your own custom-made learning curve to help you master the technology areas you need to know.
It’s not hard to get developers interested in ASP.NET. Without exaggeration, ASP.NET is the most complete platform for web development that has ever been put together. It far outclasses its predecessor, ASP, which was designed as a quick-and-dirty set of tools for inserting dynamic content into ordinary web pages. By contrast, ASP.NET is a full-blown platform for developing comprehensive, blisteringly fast web applications.
In this book, you’ll learn everything you need to master ASP.NET 2.0. If you’ve programmed with a previous version of ASP.NET, you’ll sail through the basics and quickly begin learning about the exciting new features in version 2.0. If you’ve never programmed with ASP.NET, you’ll find that this book provides a well-paced tour that leads through all the fundamentals, along with a backstage pass that lets you see how the ASP.NET internals really work. The only requirement for this book is that you have a solid understanding of the Visual Basic language and the basics of .NET. If you’re a seasoned Java or C++ developer but you’re new to .NET, you may find it easier to start with a book about .NET fundamentals before you read this one.