Overview of ASP.NET

ASP.NET consists of several different technologies, including Web Forms, Web Services, server controls, HTML controls, and validation controls, as shown in Figure 6.1. All these technologies, working together, make it possible (and some might even say “easy”) to create robust, maintainable, scalable Web applications. You'll use Web Forms to lay out the user interface of your applications, using server controls as the basis for user interaction. (If you're importing an existing HTML or ASP page, you might use the other set of controls, HTML controls, which don't provide as rich an experience for users, nor are they as easy to work with, programmatically, as server controls. For new pages, you'll most likely want to use the ...

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