Like most ASP.NET titles, ASP.NET 2.0 Illustrated offers a look at the variety of enhancements to Microsoft's framework for building Web applications -- Web forms, data-driven development, Master pages, site navigation and so on. Where this book deviates from the norm is with its collection of real-world examples, both simple and complex.
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Chapter 2, Is It Always This Easy?, describes a day in the life of a developer. Authors Alex Homer and Dave Sussman take a humorous approach -- the protagonist's CEO interrupts morning coffee, the sales manager cuts short lunch and the database administrator indirectly cancels a golf game, all with tasks that must be done immediately.
The authors show how the wide range of functionality in ASP.NET 2.0 can fulfill everyone's wishes. There are several mini-lessons on topics like using a data source control and GridView to display data, working with data exposed through a business object and using a master page to give an application consistent look and feel. Homer and Sussman conclude:
One of the main goals of ASP.NET 2.0 is to reduce even further the amount of code you have to write to build dynamic and interactive pages, removing, in particular, the need for that repetitive code you seem to need for almost all of your projects! As you can see from this chapter, you can achieve remarkable results without writing any code at all.
Excerpted from ASP.NET 2.0 Illustrated (ISBN 0-3214-1834-4) by Alex Homer and Dave Sussman.
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