I never realized how satisfying it would be to read the final version of Darren’s book. Let me start with a little background to explain why that is.
The Web Parts team began working on the ASP.NET project almost four years ago. The vision was to provide a set of controls that allow end users to assemble a Web User Interface using the browser. The user would put the content he wanted in a web page by adding and removing “Web Parts.” He would have the ability to adjust the web UI using drag and drop.
You might think that once the Web Parts technology was released with ASP.NET 2.0, the job was done. However, our job won’t really be done until the Web Parts model is widely used and deployed. Thanks to our customers and to authors like ...