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ASP.NET for Web Designers by Peter Ladka

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Working with HTML Server Controls

As you go through this section, you may begin to think, “These things look kinda familiar, Peter, and they ain’t so innovative.” But don’t be deceived by their initial appearance; server controls are much more powerful than you think they are.

You see, HTML server controls are very much like the familiar HTML tags, with one difference: RUNAT="SERVER". That beautiful phrase, those lovely 14 characters change average HTML tags into SUPER TAGS with magical mystical powers. Well, not quite, but they do become…OBJECTS!! Yeah! Oh baby, oh baby. Objects are so cool, and HTML server controls are objects. What does that mean? They have all the advantages of being approachable from an event/object-oriented programming ...

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