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As the Internet user experience (UX) progresses, more users are demanding and expecting their custom-built business applications to provide the same UX that they see on the Internet every day. ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX Unleashed empowers ASP.NET developers to easily provide this type of experience with minimal code. Author Rob Foster has built AJAX-enabled web applications for a number of major corporations and uses the experience he has gained there to explain concisely, clearly, and completely what ASP.NET developers need to learn to start taking advantage of the rich opportunities made possible by ASP.NET AJAX.
Part I Introduction
Chapter 1 Introduction to AJAX Technologies 5
AJAX and Web 2.0 6
Why Use AJAX? 7
AJAX Rationale 7
AJAX: An Example 8
The XMLHttpRequest Object 8
A Simple AJAX Library 10
Using the AJAX Library 14
Chapter 2 Introduction to ASP.NET AJAX 21
Introducing the Visual Studio Controls 22
Introducing the Visual Studio Projects and Web Site Items 24
Web Site Items 25
Introducing the AJAX Control Toolkit 26
Part II Working with ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX
Chapter 3 The ScriptManager and ScriptManagerProxy Controls 31
About the ScriptManager Control. 31
ScriptManager Properties, Methods, and Events 34
Partial-Page Rendering 43
Chapter 4 The ASP.NET AJAX Client API 49
The Namespaces 49
Chapter 5 The UpdatePanel and Timer Controls 73
About the UpdatePanel Control 73
Using the UpdatePanel Control 74
Advanced Features of the UpdatePanel Control 78
Multiple UpdatePanel Controls on a Single Page 81
The Timer Control 89
Using the Timer Control with Partial-Page Rendering 90
Chapter 6 Advanced Techniques with the ASP.NET AJAX PageRequestManager Object 93
Using the PageRequestManager Object 93
A Practical Example of the PageRequestManager Object 95
Chapter 7 Using the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit 101
ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit: The Controls 102
Using Controls in the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit 105
Configuring Visual Studio to Use the Toolkit 105
The Accordion and AccordionPane Controls 106
The CalendarExtender Control 110
The CollapsiblePanelExtender Control 112
The ConfirmButtonExtender Control 118
The DragPanelExtender Control 120
The DropDownExtender Control 122
The FilteredTextBoxExtender Control 125
The HoverMenuExtender Control 127
The TextBoxWatermarkExtender Control 130
ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit: A Practical Example 134
Using the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit with Microsoft Expression Web 145
Configuring Expression Web for the ASP.NET AJAX
Control Toolkit 145
Chapter 8 Building an ASP.NET AJAX Extender Control 151
Add ASP.NET Controls 151
How to Build an Extender Control 154
Server-Side Code 156
Client-Side Code 159
Chapter 9 ASP.NET AJAX and SharePoint 2007 165
SharePoint and AJAX 165
Modifying Web.Config 166
Developing an AJAX-Based SharePoint Web Part 171
Chapter 10 Creating ASP.NET AJAX-Enabled Vista Sidebar Gadgets 179
Vista Sidebar Gadgets 179
Creating the Gadget 181
Create the Web Service 181
Create the Vista Gadget 186
Test the Gadget 187
Part III Appendices
Appendix A Microsoft Expression Web 191
An Introduction to the Expression Web Interface 191
Creating Web Pages and Web Sites 191
Customizable Interface 194
Creating Standards-Based Web Sites &nb...
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Rob Foster is an enterprise architect and MOSS MVP in Nashville, Tennessee. He began writing code at the age of 10 when he purchased his first computer, a Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer 2, with money he received for his birthday. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a BBA in Computer Information Systems and holds several certifications, including MCSD, MCSE, MCDBA, and MCT. In 2000 with the PDC bits in hand, Rob founded the Nashville .NET Users Group (www.nashdotnet.org), which is a charter member of INETA. He has been writing and designing .NET applications since version 1.0, as well as implementing SharePoint solutions since SharePoint 2001. In his spare time, Rob enjoys writing books and articles related to .NET and SharePoint. His latest book, which he co-authored, is titled SharePoint 2007 Development Unleashed. Rob lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with his wife, Leigh, and two sons, Andrew and Will.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
As an ASP.NET web developer in today’s market, you need countless skills to distinguish yourself from the next person. One of those skills that you can quickly acquire is developing AJAX-enabled applications. As your users begin to utilize AJAX-enabled sites on the web, such as Live.com and Google Maps, they are beginning to expect the same rich functionality in the applications that you deliver.
Although these applications took many man hours to create, the process is made easier for you as a developer with the AJAX library that’s packaged with ASP.NET 3.5. You can save many hours and lines of code by learning and leveraging ASP.NET AJAX to create and deliver a very rich user experience in your applications.
In this book, you learn how to make the most of ASP.NET AJAX by building on the knowledge that you already have as an ASP.NET developer and extend that knowledge so that you can easily create AJAX-enabled applications. The book has been divided into the following chapters:
Chapter 1—Introduction to AJAX Technologies
Chapter 2—Introduction to ASP.NET AJAX
Chapter 2 introduces you to the controls and capabilities that are available in ASP.NET AJAX and serves as a springboard for technologies that are discussed in future chapters.
Chapter 3—The ScriptManager and ScriptManagerProxy Controls
Chapter 3 discusses the core object of the ASP.NET AJAX library: the ScriptManager control. In this chapter, you learn the capabilities of the ScriptManager control and how you can best utilize it in your AJAX-enabled pages.
Chapter 4—The ASP.NET AJAX Client API
In Chapter 4, you learn how to make the most of the ASP.NET AJAX client-side objects that are made available via the ScriptManager control.
Chapter 5—The UpdatePanel and Timer Controls
In Chapter 5, you learn how to use the UpdatePanel control to quickly and easily add AJAX functionality to your ASP.NET web pages. You also learn how to use the Timer control to make asynchronous callbacks from your pages at a specified time interval.
Chapter 6—Advanced Techniques with the ASP.NET AJAX PageRequestManager Object
In Chapter 6, you learn some essential techniques that can be used with the ASP.NET AJAX PageRequestManager object to save you many lines of code as well as help you create richer user experiences for your AJAX-enabled applications.
Chapter 7—Using the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit
In Chapter 7, you learn about the controls that are available in the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit, which is an open-source, community-based suite of controls for ASP.NET AJAX.
Chapter 8—Building an ASP.NET AJAX Extender Control
Chapter 8 first introduces the concept of creating AJAX-enabled extender controls, and then shows you how to build an extender control that can be used in your applications.
Chapter 9—ASP.NET AJAX and SharePoint 2007
In Chapter 9, you learn how to enable ASP.NET AJAX in SharePoint 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0, and then you learn how to build an AJAX-enabled WSS web part.
Chapter 10—Creating ASP.NET AJAX-Enabled Vista Sidebar Gadgets
In Chapter 10, you learn how to build ASP.NET AJAX-Enabled Gadgets for the Windows Vista Sidebar.
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