ASP.NET 2.0 Web Parts in Action
Building Dynamic Web Portals
Darren Neimke
  • August 2006
  • ISBN 9781932394771
  • 344 pages

A must for every ASP.NET developer using Web Parts.

Scott Guthrie, General Manager, Microsoft Developer Division

ASP.NET 2.0 Web Parts in Action is packed with annotated code, diagrams, and crystal-clear discussions. You'll develop a sample project from design to deployment, adding content zones, personalization, and a custom look-and-feel. Since any website is invariably a work-in-progress, you'll appreciate learning how to upgrade your portals on the fly. Along the way you'll pick up handy code instrumentation techniques and a few tricks to help your portals manage themselves. As an added bonus, the book introduces the Microsoft Ajax Library ("Atlas") and shows how you can add Ajax to a web part. You'll even create a gadget.

About the Technology

The static Web is going out of style. Its click-and-wait user experience is giving way to dynamic personalized content and intuitive interactions. With ASP 2.0, a web developer can compose a page out of separate working parts "Web Parts" that independently communicate with the server to produce rich interactive portals like Yahoo!, Google/ig, and The new Web Parts API makes it easy to centrally manage a portal's parts.

Table of Contents detailed table of contents




About this book

About the title

About the cover illustration

Part 1 Portals and web parts

1. Introducing portals and web parts

1.1. Introduction

1.2. What is a portal?

1.3. Using the ASP.NET 2.0 portal framework

1.4. Introducing Adventure Works Cycles database

1.5. Summary

2. Web parts: the building blocks of portals

2.1. Introduction

2.2. Exploring web parts

2.3. Understanding the WebPart class

2.4. Understanding web part internals

2.5. Applying themes and styles

2.6. Adding web parts to the Adventure Works Solution

2.7. Summary

3. Using web part connections

3.1. Dissecting connections

3.2. Creating simple connections

3.3. Sorting out connection types

3.4. Using transformers

3.5. Adventure Works—implementing connections for HR

3.6. Summary

4. The Web Part Manager

4.1. Introduction

4.2. The Page Lifecycle

4.3. Page display modes

4.4. Web part authorization

4.5. Importing and exporting web parts

4.6. Using WebPartManager with master pages

4.7. Adventure Works—additions to the HR code

4.8. Summary

5. Working with zones

5.1. Introduction

5.2. Classifying zones

5.3. Custom rendering of zones

5.4. Using WebPartChrome

5.5. Explaining parts

5.6. Zone additions to the Adventure Works Portal

5.7. Summary

6. Understanding personalization

6.1. Introduction

6.2. Defining personalization

6.3. Personalization in action

6.4. Lifecycle of personalization data

6.5. Working with personalization data

6.6. Personalization of the Adventure Works portal

6.7. Summary

Part 2 Extending the portal framework

7. Creating an enhanced editing experience

7.1. Introduction

7.2. Supplying custom editing controls

7.3. Improving usability

7.4. Summary

8. Useful portal customizations

8.1. Introduction

8.2. Making common tasks accessible

8.3. Versioned personalization data

8.4. Creating an area for tool zones

8.5. Adding a CatalogZone dialog

8.6. Summary

9. Portal management

9.1. Introduction

9.2. Preparing for deployment

9.3. Recovering from errors gracefully

9.4. When all else fails

9.5. Summary

10. Into the future

10.1. Introduction

10.2. Reflecting on the portal

10.3. A world of web portals

10.4. Ajax behavior

10.5. Introducing—a modern mega-portal

10.6. Call to action

Appendix A: Creating the Adventure Works project


What's inside

  • Effective portal design strategies
  • Add personalization features
  • Create user-friendly controls
  • Develop custom themes and WebPartChrome
  • Automate site health monitoring
  • Techniques for graceful error recovery

About the reader

This book is for web developers familiar with ASP.NET.

About the author

Darren Neimke has been developing software for over 10 years and has been focused on .NET Technologies since the earliest beta releases in 2000. He has designed and developed a wide range of solutions using .NET, with a particular focus on ASP.NET. Darren has a passion for community involvement and is a leader in local User Groups in his native Australia. He participates actively in a number of online communities, including the prestigious ASP Insiders group. Darren has a background in financial accounting and budgeting, and has achieved Microsoft Certification M.C.A.D. status. In 2004, he was awarded MVP status recognizing his outstanding achievements in ASP.NET technology and community support.

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