In This Chapter
Introducing ASP.NET 4 services
Managing state in your Web site
Creating a membership-enabled site
Personalizing your Web site
It has never been a better time to be an ASP.NET Web developer. After all those years of building tools for constructing Web sites, Microsoft finally realized that Web developers are trying to solve the same types of problems, such as registering people, logging in registered users, creating a personalized user experience, and monitoring the status of Web applications.
The latest version of ASP.NET provides the services developers need in order to build professional-quality Web sites without having to reinvent the wheel with each new Web site. This chapter introduces you to those new ASP.NET services and shows you how to use Visual Studio to leverage ASP.NET services in your next Web site project.
ASP.NET 4 offers many new services that provide common Web development features. These services include
Membership: Creates and manages user accounts for providing access to a secure Web site
Role Manager: Adds role-based management to your user accounts
Personalization: Gives visitors to your site a personalized experience by storing user profile information or allowing them to create their own user experiences with Web parts
Session State: Manages user sessions and chooses the data store that's appropriate for your situation
Site Navigation: Shows your site visitors how to move around in your ...