Chapter 1. Introducing portals and web parts

1.1 Introduction 3
1.2 What is a portal? 5
1.3 Using the ASP.NET 2.0 portal framework 16
1.4 Introducing Adventure Works Cycles database 18
1.5 Summary 31

1.1. Introduction

ASP.NET 2.0 introduces many exciting and important features for web developers. One of the most powerful is the portal framework. You can use the portal framework’s new Web Parts technology to build dynamic web portals. Sounds great, but there’s a catch. Depending on whom you ask, a portal may be anything from a generic home page to a complex information dashboard. In this book, we’ll take a close look at how to build portals using the ASP.NET 2.0 Web Parts. Along the way, you’ll get a better picture of what goes into a true portal ...

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