Chapter 2. How ASP.NET Works

The previous chapter introduced the basics of ASP.NET 2.0. We are now ready to move onto the magic of how ASP.NET works. As mentioned in the last chapter, ASP.NET is a powerful framework for creating dynamic Web applications. Yet, despite this power, an individual ASP.NET page is nothing special; it is simply a text file with an .aspx filename extension. This text file contains content to be sent to the browser as well as content to be used by the ASP.NET environment on the server. The magic of ASP.NET dwells not in the text file itself but behind the “wondrous curtain" of the ASP.NET environment. This chapter steps behind this curtain and examines in some detail how ASP.NET works.

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