Chapter 5. Web Forms

In recent years, the cutting edge of software development has shifted from traditional “fat client” apps to Web apps. The integration of back-end systems and seamless data sharing, once the holy grail of corporate IT departments, have given way to concerns over lower total cost of ownership (TCO), zero-footprint installs, and the ability to run applications from anywhere an Internet connection is available. The number one challenge that confronts developers today? “Make this software run on the Web.” Unfortunately, Web programming isn’t easy. Writing applications like Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel is a well understood art form. Writing applications like eBay and Amazon.com is not. To make matters worse, Web development ...

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