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With this comprehensive introduction to ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX framework technologies, you'll quickly learn how to build richer, more dynamic web sites and web applications. It provides you with an in-depth understanding of ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX and clearly shows you how to apply the framework. You'll also find numerous code examples throughout the chapters that you'll be able to utilize as you begin creating your applications.
Written by a team of Microsoft MVPs, this book will get you up to speed on how to program the ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX framework on the ASP.NET platform. After delving into the framework, it demonstrates how to perform basic AJAX-style operations with web services, using the UpdatePanel, the AJAX Control Toolkit, and other features. You'll then progress to more advanced aspects of the framework, including security, integration with the ASP.NET services, and debugging.
What you will learn from this book
Ways to combine AJAX with ASP.NET server controls and the page lifecycle
Techniques for adding functionality to client-side controls and integrating with server-side data
Strategies for presenting the user with feedback during an operation
How to work with ASP.NET's set of security services
Tips for debugging your applications
Who this book is for
This book is for developers and programmers who are starting to use ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX framework technologies to build web sites and applications.
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Wallace B. “Wally” McClure graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1990 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. He continued his education there, receiving a master’s degree in the same field in 1991. Since that time, he has done consulting and development for such companies as The United States Department of Education, Coca-Cola, Magnatron, and Lucent Technologies, a web search engine, a web 2.0 company among others. Products and services have included work with ASP, ADO, XML, and SQL Server, as well as numerous applications in the Microsoft .NET Framework. Wally has been working with the .NET Framework since the summer of 2000. Wally McClure specializes in building applications that have large numbers of users and large amounts of data. He is a Microsoft MVP, an ASPInsider, a member of the INETA Speaker’s Bureau, and a partner in Scalable Development, Inc. You can read Wally’s blog at http://weblogs.asp.net/wallym/ and www.morewally.com. Wally and co-author Paul Glavich also co-host the ASP.NET Podcast. You can listen to it at www.aspnetpodcast.com/. In addition, Wally travels around the southeast United States doing user group talks and sessions at various CodeCamps.
When not working or playing with technology, Wally tries to spend time with his wife Ronda and their two children, Kirsten and Bradley. Occasionally, Wally plays golf and on July 30, 2005, broke par on a real golf course for the first time in his life. If he hadn’t been there, he would not have believed it.
Paul Glavich is currently an ASP.NET MVP and works as a senior consultant for Readify. Previously he was a technical architect for EDS Australia and he has more than 15 years of industry experience ranging from PICK, C, C++, Delphi, and Visual Basic 3/4/5/6 to his current specialty in .NET with C#, COM+, and ASP.NET.
Paul has been developing in .NET technologies since .NET was first in beta and was technical architect for one of the world’s first Internet banking solutions using .NET technology.
Paul can be seen on various .NET-related newsgroups, has presented at the Sydney .NET user group (www.sdnug.org) and TechEd, and is also a board member of ASPInsiders (www.aspinsiders.com). He has also written some technical articles that can be seen on community sites such as ASPAlliance.com (www.aspalliance.com). Paul has authored a book on Beginning AJAX in ASP.NET, is co-authoring a second book on Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX, and is currently focusing on Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX and Windows Communication Foundation technologies.
Steve C. Orr is an ASP Insider, Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), and Microsoft MVP in ASP.NET. He specializes in Microsoft technologies such as ASP.NET, Visual Basic.NET, C#, and SQL Server. He’s infamous for his monthly “Control Freak” column in ASP.NET Pro Magazine, and has been developing software solutions for leading companies in the Seattle area for nearly two decades. When he’s not busy designing software systems or writing about it, Steve can often be found loitering at local user groups and habitually lurking in the ASP.NET newsgroup.
Craig Shoemaker teaches software developers about object-oriented development, architecture, and best practices in .NET. Along with that, he is the host of the Polymorphic Podcast (polymorphicpodcast.com). Always active in the .NET developer community, Craig is a co-author for Beginning Ajax with ASP.NET (Wrox), he is featured in Ajax Design Patterns (O’Reilly), writes for CoDe Magazine, ASP Alliance, and the PDSA eBook series. Craig’s personal appearances include talks given at VSLive!, Southern California Code Camp, Southern California .NET Architecture User Group, and the Podcast and Portable Media Expo. As a full-time Software Engineer for PDSA, Inc. (pdsa.com) Craig’s development experience ranges from the entertainment and financial sectors. Working with PDSA’s clients has allowed him to consult for banner organizations such as the Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and the City of Hope Cancer Research Center.
Steven A. Smith is president of ASPAlliance.com and DevAdvice.com. He is a Microsoft Regional Developer, a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP, and an ASPInsiders Board Member. He is an International .NET Association (INETA) Speaker Bureau member, and author of two books on ASP.NET. Steve is also an Army Engineer officer and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he spent six months locating and neutralizing munitions in 2004. He lives in Kent, Ohio, with his wife and business partner Michelle and their daughter Ilyana. When he is not attached to a computer, Steve enjoys spending time with his family hiking, biking, and playing games.
Jim Zimmerman is currently a Visual Developer – ASP/ASP.NET MVP. He speaks on various .NETrelated topics including AJAX and Code Generation at Code Camps and .NET user groups in Florida. Jim is a member of the Ajax Control Toolkit (www.codeplex.com/AtlasControlToolkit) and tries to blog when the kids are sleeping at www.jimzimmerman.com/blog. He has a software consulting company that works with several online web properties including one of which he is part owner, CarCentral (www.carcentral.com). He also has more than 10 years experience in web development with past experience using languages such as Perl, PHP, Java, and Visual Basic. For the past three years Jim has been writing most web apps with C# and currently specializes in scalable web application development using ASP.NET 2.0, SQL Server 2005, C#, AJAX, and Team Foundation Server.