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ASP.NET 2.0: HOW DO I Video Series

There is a great video series showcasing the new features of ASP.NET 2.0 available free on MSDN. It contains over 2 hours of video focused on the common tasks for developers. I would specially recomend the Tips and Tricks video to everyone. The following free videos are available:

Data Access

This video illustrates how simple it is to create data-driven web sites using Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition, ASP.NET 2.0, and SQL Server 2005 Express Edition. Explore how easy it is to create a master-details view with support for filtering, sorting, paging, and editing with no code using the DropDownList, GridView, DetailsView, and ObjectDataSource controls.

Form Building for a "Contact Us" Page

This video introduces a number of the new ASP.NET 2.0 controls for building forms to collect information from the user, validate that information, then send a confirmation e-mail message. Features covered include the Wizard control, Validation controls, and the System.Net.Mail classes for sending e-mail messages.

Master Pages and Site Navigation

Create a Web site with a consistent layout and design across all its pages using ASP.NET 2.0 Master Pages. Become familiar with the enhanced designer support for creating and consuming Master Pages in Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition. See the improved Table Editor and Style Builder in action and learn how easy it is to add navigation to a Web site using the new TreeView and SiteMapPath controls.

Membership and Roles

Learn how to secure a Web site using the new Membership and Roles features of ASP.NET 2.0. Topics include user registration, password recovery, and restricting access to content with roles. Get a tour of how the Web Site Administration Tool simplifies user account administration and makes it easy to control content access permissions.

Profiles and Themes

Discover how to create a customizable Web site using Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition and ASP.NET 2.0. Learn how to use Profiles to collect per-user configuration information and apply Themes to extend a consistent look-and-feel throughout the Web site.

Create a Full-Featured Customer Login Portal

Get an overview of the major features and improvements introduced with Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition and ASP.NET 2.0. Follow along through the creation of a fictitious customer portal to learn about topics including Master Pages, Themes, database access, Membership, Roles, the Web Site Administration Tool, site navigation, and user profiles.

Caching (Part 1) (Part 2)

This video is introducing the new caching features of ASP.NET 2.0. Start with a demonstration of Page Output Caching followed by an overview of the new ASP.NET 2.0 Database Caching support for SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005. Topics include using the aspnet_regsql.exe utility to add SQL caching support to a SQL Server database, creating a SQL cache dependency to eliminate unnecessary connections to the database, enabling table-level caching, and enabling enhanced caching support using SQL Server 2005 Change Notifications. Part two of a two-part series is introducing Partial-Page Output Caching feature of ASP.NET 2.0 followed by an overview of the Cache API, which demonstrates how to efficiently bind a data control to an XML file.

Web Parts and Personalization

This video shows how to use the new Web Parts and Personalization features of ASP.NET 2.0 and the designer support provided by Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition to build customizable web pages whose content and layout can be modified by the user. See how Web Parts enable the user to add new content to a page on-the-fly and restructure the page in the browser using drag-and-drop.

Localization

This video is a tour of the web site localization support in Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition. Learn how to create culture-aware and locale-specific web content with ASP.NET 2.0 with no additional code. Topics include the new declarative binding syntax, page-level vs. application-level resources, and using the rich resource editor.

Tips and Tricks

This Tips & Tricks video covers many useful techniques for enhancing ASP.NET 2.0 web sites using Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition. Topics include encrypting sensitive information stored in web.config, maintaining the browser scroll position across postbacks, posting content to a different page, setting focus on a specific control when a page is loaded, creating a bulleted list of hyperlinks from an XML file, working with the file upload control, simplifying complex URLs using URL remapping, and using the MultiView control to switch between groups of content programmatically.

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