Building on the revolutionary ASP.NET 2.0 release, ASP.NET 3.5 adds several key new developer features including AJAX, LINQ, and a new CSS designer in Visual Web Developer 2008. The dramatic reduction in code that developers realized from the more than 50 new server controls in ASP.NET 2.0 now allows developers the time to make their applications more interactive with AJAX, to work with data in their preferred language with LINQ, and to build visually attractive and consistent standards-based sites with CSS.
Professional ASP.NET 3.5 helps the experienced programmer put these new technologies into action. Greatly expanded from the original best-selling Professional ASP.NET 2.0, Professional ASP.NET 3.5 covers all the key technologies retained from 2.0 in new depth alongside the hundreds of pages of coverage of the important new 3.5 features. Written by 3 of the most well-known and influential ASP.NET developers who were highly praised by ASP.NET creator Scott Guthrie for their ASP.NET 2.0 books, Professional ASP.NET 3.5 is the book you’ll learn the language from and turn to day after day as you write web applications. And as always, Professional ASP.NET 3.5 features language examples in the book and in the code download in both C# and VB!
Key new coverage for ASP.NET 3.5 includes:
- Thorough coverage of how to implement ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX and the ASP.NET AJAX Toolkit
- An introduction to LINQ and many LINQ examples throughout the book side-by-side with the related SQL example to show you the differences between the two
- Enhanced coverage of XML use in ASP.NET including the new XML Schema Designer Add-on, LINQ to XML, LINQ for XML examples, and XSLTC.exe, a command-line XSLT compiler
- A new chapter on CSS design for ASP.NET and the Visual Web Developer CSS design tools
- A new chapter on the ASP.NET lifecycle and architecture best-practices
- Increased coverage of ASP.NET with SQL Server 2005 and Oracle as the databases
- Coverage of enhancing your ASP.NET applications with Microsoft’s new Silverlight for stunning video and animation uses
- Coverage of Scott Hanselman’s famous productivity tool picks for developers to help make you a more productive ASP.NET developer
- Updated coverage of migrating applications for previous ASP.NET versions
Key coverage retained and improved from the ASP.NET 2.0 book:
- The idea of the server control and its pivotal role in ASP.NET development
- How to create templated ASP.NET pages using the master page feature
- Techniques for debugging and handling errors
- Ways to package and deploy ASP.NET applications
- How to retrieve, update, and delete data quickly and logically
- How to implement the cultures and regions features to localize your web site into multiple languages for different visitors
- An understanding of how to use and extend the provider model for accessing data stores, processes, and more
- How to keep track of your application's performance and health with monitoring tools
Who this book is for
This book is for experienced programmers and developers who are looking to make the transition to ASP.NET 3.5.