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Pro C# 2010 and the .NET 4 Platform, Fifth Edition by Andrew Troelsen

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32.2. Understanding Web Applications and Web Servers

A web application can be understood as a collection of files (e.g., *.htm, *.aspx, image files, XML-based file data) and related components (such as a .NET code library) stored within a particular set of directories on a web server. As shown in Chapter 34, ASP.NET web applications have a specific life cycle and provide numerous events (such as initial startup or final shutdown) that you can hook into to perform specialized processing during your website's operation.

A web server is a software product in charge of hosting your web applications; it typically provides a number of related services such as integrated security, File Transfer Protocol (FTP) support, mail exchange services, and so ...

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