Saturday, April 30, 2005


ASP.NET 2.0 Beta Preview

Haven't updated this blog for some time now but I think now is the best time to do just that.

ASP.NET 2.0 Beta 2 was released on April 18 at the same time I received my App Dev 2.0 Training CDs plus the book so finally decided to work with ASP.NET 2.0.

Today, I will talk about the ASP.NET 2.0 Beta Preview book written by Bill Evjen for all of you interested to know more about it. It is a nicely written book featuring details on some of the new controls and their properties. The book is heavy on code snippets and demos.ASP.NET 2.0 Beta Preview

The book has 15 chapters and they are wisely categorized, starting from an introduction to ASP.NET 2.0 and why was it needed with some of its new features at a glance, it also discusses Visual Studio 2005 IDE enhancements and the new server controls like Grid View and Details View controls for effective display of information. It also has a chapter dedicated to Personalization and Membership and Role Management which is an awesome new feature.

It also discusses Web Parts and Portal Framework and some of the language enhancements in VB 8.0 and C# 2.0. The book also features SQL cache invalidation and its benefits, lastly it gives us an insight into the additional new controls shipped with ASP.NET 2.0 like Mutliview & View Server controls and Wizard Server control.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone seriously thinking to know more about ASP.NET 2.0 but note that this book was written for Beta 1 of ASP.NET, therefore there are some changes in the Beta 2 for example Directory Naming Changes and Compilation Model Changes, visit Updated Changes for Beta 2 and Features postponed for ASP.NET 2.0 Beta 2 for more information.

Happy reading!

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