Murach's ASP.NET 2.0 Upgrader's Guide: VB Edition outlines what Visual Basic developers need to know as they move from ASP.NET 1.x to 2.0. ASP.NET is Microsoft's tool for building Web applications, and version 2.0 offers more than 50 new controls that significantly reduce coding.
This upgrade guide covers a variety of topics, such as Access, SQL and XML data sources and new bound controls like GridView, DetailsView and FormView. These new features are all presented in the context of complete business applications and include Web forms, aspx codes and VB code.
Chapter 3, "How to Use Master Pages," introduces programmers to master pages. Boehm and Murach write, "A master page is a page that provides a framework within which the content from other pages can be displayed. Master pages make it easy to include banners, navigation menus, and other elements on all of the pages in an application."
The authors divide the chapter into four sections. Each section is devoted to a specific task -- creating master pages, developing content pages, accessing master page control from a content page and, finally, using nested master pages.
This was first published in November 2005