As end users, the number of user names and passwords we possess, not to mention forget, can be bothersome. As developers, though, membership functionality represents an important piece of a Web application. Through well-built membership profiles, administrators can collect valuable information about site visitors, be they fan club members or customers, and ensure that only the right people gain access to the administrative aspects of the site.
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Though forms-based authentication automates some of this process, ASP.NET developers are responsible for defining where user information is stored and for creating log-in pages and profile management systems. Scott Mitchell, writer, consultant and founder of 4GuysFromRolla.com, has assembled a four-part tutorial on membership, roles and profiles in ASP.NET 2.0. Each chapter includes screen shots and code samples.
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