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Introduction

Introduction

My first exposure to the World Wide Web came at college during the latter half of the 1990s. At the time, you had to be a hard-core computer programmer to build even the most rudimentary website. Today, with technologies like Microsoft’s ASP.NET, creating powerful, data-driven, dynamic web applications couldn’t be easier. Over the course of 24 hours you will see just how fun and easy it can be to build useful, real-world websites using ASP.NET.

ASP.NET web applications are composed of individual ASP.NET web pages. As we will see in numerous examples, these ASP.NET pages can display HTML, collect user input, and interact with databases. ASP.NET pages contain a mix of both HTML and source code. It is the source code of an ASP.NET page that allows for the more advanced features, such as accessing data from a database, or sending an email. The source code of an ASP.NET web page can be written in any one of a number of programming languages. For this book we will be using Microsoft’s Visual Basic programming language. Don’t worry if you’ve never programmed in Visual Basic, or even if you have never programmed at all. Starting with Hour 5, “Understanding Visual Basic’s Variables and Operators,” we spend three hours examining programming language concepts and the Visual Basic syntax.


  

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