Preface

I had often thought about writing a book on the topic of development, a book whose focus would be on the role of the lead developer. I started saving my thoughts, even creating snippets that I hoped would eventually find their way into that book. I was edging my way slowly to committing to the project, knowing that the topic was timeless and that I could take my time to get things right and to do the book justice.

When Manning approached me about writing a book on web portals and web parts using ASP.NET 2.0, I knew that with this topic timing would play a large part in determining when the book would need to be delivered. There would be no taking it slow with this one! A new and exciting technology such as this results in a huge hunger ...

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