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Programming Microsoft® ASP.NET 4 by Dino Esposito

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Chapter 12. Custom Controls

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Server controls are one of the pillars of the entire ASP.NET Web Forms framework. Server controls are compiled classes that encapsulate user-interface and other functionality into reusable packages. ASP.NET provides a full bag of stock controls to serve most developers’ needs. However, writing custom controls is possible and sometimes necessary. Custom controls are no different than standard ASP.NET server controls except that they are bound to a different tag prefix and must be registered and deployed explicitly. Aside from that, custom controls can have their own object model, fire events, and support all the design-time features of Microsoft Visual Studio, such ...

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