Chapter 2. A Multitude of Controls

When developers first began to create Web Forms applications, the process was very different than it is in the Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 development environment. A major element missing from the mix, for example, was the ability to drag and drop controls onto a Web Form. Controls provide encapsulated functionality, and developers can quickly create applications in ASP.NET 2.0 by combining controls. Controls may have fallen short of the ideal of using components to wire together complete applications, but they do offer the ability to reduce the amount of code for common tasks.

Controls can be visual or non-visual. Most controls expose some ...

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