Preface

“... the highest simplicity of structure is produced, not by a few elements, but by the highest complexity.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Goethe; or, the Writer,” Representative Men, Chapter 8

In November 2005, version 2.0 of Microsoft’s .NET Framework and ASP.NET was released along with a new version of its Visual Studio development environment. This new version of ASP.NET significantly increased its power as well as its complexity. When I first began teaching Web application development back in 1999 with classic ASP, I could teach my students the essentials of ASP in just two weeks. Of course, to create a sample application of even moderate complexity in ASP required the students to do a great deal of coding. Now, with ASP.NET 2.0, it requires ...

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