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Pro ASP.NET 4 in VB 2010, Third Edition by Adam Freeman, Dan Mabbutt, Matthew MacDonald

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Chapter 5. ASP.NET Applications

In traditional desktop programming, an application is an executable file with related support files. For example, a typical Windows application consists of a main executable file (EXE), supporting components (typically DLLs), and other resources such as databases and configuration files. An ASP.NET application follows a much different model.

On the most fundamental level, an ASP.NET application is a combination of files, pages, handlers, modules, and executable code that can be invoked from a virtual directory (and its subdirectories) on a web server. In this chapter, you'll learn why this distinction exists and take a closer look at how an ASP.NET application is configured and deployed. You'll also learn how to ...

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