Building Websites with the ASP.NET Community Starter Kit: A by K. Scott Allen

By K. Scott Allen

I formerly came upon Packt Publishing corporation after a random look for ASP.NET books. i used to be more than happy I did, having now came upon a resource of serious, no-nonsense, quick-read compendiums of rock-solid technical information.

"Building web pages with the ASP.NET neighborhood Starter equipment" is brim-full of sensible, easy-to-use samples that transcend simply "Hello world!", every one observed through a worthy display shot and poignant code. The book's eleven chapters jointly make 211 pages, that's a very good dimension, and will not have you ever interpreting extra and stressing much less. In my event, the CSK, whereas meant to aide builders and streamline paintings, should be complicated if now not approached thoroughly. this can be a ebook that makes yes you get the main out of the CSK.

As a long way as writing kind, the authors are fast and to the purpose. ok. Scott Allen and Cristian Darie do not bore you with exhaustive motives of the middle technical techniques of ASP.NET or the CSK - they speak a bit concerning the foundations after which get correct into making it give you the results you want. In my adventure, this can be the voice with which such a lot builders want their tech books through written. It accordingly calls for a little event with ASP.NET programming already, yet should be tackled by means of even beginner devs.

All the foremost issues facing CSK programming are handled - management, issues, skinning, middle structure, configuration, databases, modules, customized controls, and lots more and plenty extra. I rather loved the chapters on publishing RSS 2.0 feeds and deployment; in particular the latter's concerns for the diversities among the home windows 2000 and home windows 2003 servers.

I additionally delight in the book's actual homes. Packt's layout is for the intense developer, utilizing heavy paper that are meant to be capable to face up to a developer's tense punishment - repeated opens, spine-breaking stretches, consistent page-turning. This publication is made to final.

Now in feedback, i'll say that the book's association of the chapters isn't really precisely intuitive. i'd have hottest that the chapters on configuration come first, then aesthetics with skinning and topics, then the database, and finally coding the modules. i might bet that many ASP.NET builders might consider an identical. additionally, I take pleasure in while books use a chapter-independent method of writing, no longer forcing the reader to need to seek advice from earlier sections for reference. i discovered myself skipping round slightly and never capable of use each one bankruptcy as a standalone consultant if i wished perception on a selected subject.

But the nice a long way outweighs the undesirable. it is a very precious, very academic, very exciting examine utilizing the non-compulsory set of controls, modules and pre-fabricated instruments from Microsoft to construct nice, fast, safe, community-centric internet purposes.

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Each section in the community has a content type, such as Books, Links, or Photo Galleries. Each content type is governed by a specific CSK module (such as Books module, Articles module, and so on). You can have several sections in your community website with the same content type. NET Books", both built using the Books module. We'll discuss the CSK modules and the different types of content supported by the CSK later in this chapter. The Search Box The Search box permits searching for content in the section that is being visited or in all public sections of the website.

A section from another community: The CSK implements a system for exchanging information between communities using web services. You'll learn more about web services later in this chapter. • Really Simple Syndication (RSS) sources: The CSK, by default, can only import from RSS feeds, but in Chapter 10 we'll learn how to extend the site to expose content through RSS (by default, the CSK only exports data through web services). NET community site, in the Web Box space, by default you can see a quote, a list of new photos, and information from the official Star Wars page.

Web Box services, on the other hand, populate the Web Boxes in your community with summary information and links from remote CSK websites or from an RSS feed. 48 Chapter 3 The second important detail is that the CSK can expose data only through community web services. This data can be consumed by remote communities to populate their Web Boxes or to replicate your data inside their sections. However, the Photo Gallery and Downloads sections cannot be used with web services. We'll see more about both kinds of services later in this chapter, in the Edit Service Subscriptions and Edit Web Box Services sections of the Community Administration Menu, where you can edit the list of remote sources.

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