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ASP.NET Server Controls are the workhorses of ASP.NET. Almost all the Web Forms pages you build in Visual Studio (VS) will contain one or more server controls. These controls come in all sorts and sizes, ranging from simple controls like a
Button and a
Label to complex controls like the
TreeView and the
ListView that are capable of displaying data from a data source (like a database or an XML file). You see these controls in Chapters 7, 13, and 14.
The architecture of ASP.NET Server Controls is deeply integrated into ASP.NET, giving the controls a feature set that is quite unique in today’s technologies for building websites. This chapter shows you what server controls are, how they work, and which ones are available out of the box when you install VS.
The chapter starts off with a general discussion of server controls. You see how to define them in your code by adding them to Design or Markup View.
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