CHAPTER 1

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The Big Picture

The Web has now existed for roughly two decades. In that time, the way websites look and work has changed dramatically. The way people create websites has also evolved. Today web pages can be written by hand (perhaps with the help of a design tool such as Adobe Dreamweaver), or they can be programmed using any one of a number of powerful platforms.

ASP.NET is Microsoft’s web programming toolkit. It’s a part of .NET, a cluster of technologies that are designed to help developers build a variety of applications. Developers can use the .NET Framework to build rich Windows applications, services that run quietly in the background, ...

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