Robert Foster ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX Unleashed

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ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX Unleashed

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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.

 

  • Learn ASP.NET AJAX by working with real-world examples
  • Use the ScriptManager and ScriptManagerProxy controls in your ASP.NET AJAX-enabled applications
  • Leverage the ASP.NET AJAX client-side API to maximize the flexibility of ASP.NET AJAX
  • Build applications that use the UpdatePanel and Timer controls
  • Use the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit to provide rich AJAX functionality to your web applications
  • Build ASP.NET AJAX-enabled extender controls
  • Integrate ASP.NET AJAX and .NET 3.5 with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
  • Create ASP.NET AJAX-enabled Windows Vista Gadgets
  • Learn advanced AJAX concepts such as JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) and WCF Web services

Introduction     1

 

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

 Summary     20

 

Chapter 2 Introduction to ASP.NET AJAX     21

 Introducing the Visual Studio Controls     22

 ScriptManager     22

 ScriptManagerProxy     23

 Timer     23

 UpdatePanel     23

 UpdateProgress     23

 Introducing the Visual Studio Projects and Web Site Items     24

 Projects     24

 Web Site Items     25

 Introducing the AJAX Control Toolkit     26

 Summary     27

 

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

 JavaScript Proxy Classes for Web Services     37

 Partial-Page Rendering     43

 Summary     47

 

Chapter 4 The ASP.NET AJAX Client API     49

 The Namespaces     49

 Global     49

 Sys     52

 Sys.Net     53

 Sys.Serialization     54

 Sys.Services     62

 Sys.UI     66

 Sys.WebForms     68

 Summary     71

 

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

 Triggers     78

 Multiple UpdatePanel Controls on a Single Page     81

 The Timer Control     89

 Using the Timer Control with Partial-Page Rendering     90

 Summary     92

 

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

 Summary     100

 

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

 Summary      150

 

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

 Summary     163

 

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

 Summary     177

 

Chapter 10 Creating ASP.NET AJAX-Enabled Vista Sidebar Gadgets     179

 Vista Sidebar Gadgets     179

 Creating the Gadget     181

 Create the Web Service     181

 Generate the JavaScript Proxy     183

 Create the Vista Gadget     186

 Test the Gadget     187

 Summary     188

 

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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About the Author:

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.

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Introduction

Introduction

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

In this chapter, you learn the fundamentals of AJAX by first understanding the XmlHttpRequest JavaScript object, and then building a simple AJAX library for use in your applications.

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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