Build Your Own ASP.NET 2.0
Web Site Using C# & VB
by Cristian Darie
and Zak Ruvalcaba
Build Your Own ASP.NET 2.0 Web Site Using C# & VB
by Cristian Darie and Zak Ruvalcaba
Copyright © 2006 SitePoint Pty. Ltd.
Editor: Georgina LaidlawExpert Reviewer: Wyatt Barnett
Index Editor: Max McMasterExpert Reviewer: Sara Smith
Cover Design: Jess MasonManaging Editor: Simon Mackie
Cover Layout: Alex WalkerTechnical Editor: Craig Anderson
Technical Director: Kevin Yank
First Edition: April 2004
Second Edition: October 2006
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About the Authors
Zak Ruvalcaba has been designing, developing, and researching for the Web since 1995.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University and a Master of Science
in Instructional Technology from National University in San Diego.
In the course of his career, Zak has developed web applications for such companies as
Gateway, HP, Toshiba, and IBM. More recently, he’s worked as a wireless software engineer
developing .NET solutions for Goldman Sachs, TV Guide, The Gartner Group, Microsoft,
and Qualcomm. Currently, Zak holds a programming position with ADCS Inc. in San
Diego supporting internal .NET applications.
Previous books by Zak Ruvalcaba include The 10 Minute Guide to Dreamweaver 4 (Que
Publishing) and Dreamweaver MX Unleashed (Sams Publishing). He also lectures on various
technologies and tools, including Dreamweaver and ASP.NET, for the San Diego Com-
munity College District.
Cristian Darie is a software engineer with experience in a wide range of modern technolo-
gies, and the author of numerous technical books, including the popular Beginning E-
Commerce series. Having worked with computers since he was old enough to use a keyboard,
he initially tasted programming success with a prize in his first programming contest at
the age of 12. From there, Cristian moved on to many other similar achievements, and is
now studying distributed application architectures for his PhD.
He always loves hearing feedback about his books, so don't hesitate to drop him a "hello"
message when you have a spare moment. Cristian can be contacted through his personal
web site at http://www.cristiandarie.ro.
About the Expert Reviewers
Wyatt Barnett leads the in-house development team for a major industry trade association
in Washington DC. He also writes for SitePoint's .NET Blog, The Daily Catch.
Sara Smith is an ASP.NET contractor for the US Army and is also a partner in a web de-
velopment business, brainyminds. She has been working with the .NET framework since
its early days. Sara just relocated to Belgium from the US with her family.
About the Technical Editor
Before joining SitePoint, Craig Anderson studied Computer Science at RMIT University,
then worked as a web developer for five years. He spent much of this time trying to con-
vince Visual Basic developers that one of these days they would have to learn object ori-
Craig plays bass guitar in Melbourne rock band Look Who’s Toxic,
and indulges in all
the extracurricular activities you’d expect of a computer nerd/musician approaching 30
(other than role playing—somehow he never got into that).
About the Technical Director
As Technical Director for SitePoint, Kevin Yank oversees all of its technical publica-
tions—books, articles, newsletters, and blogs. He has written over 50 articles for SitePoint,
but is best known for his book, Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP &
MySQL. Kevin lives in Melbourne, Australia, and enjoys performing improvised comedy
theatre and flying light aircraft.
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