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Professional ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX

Description:    AJAX is the de facto standard for building compelling, scalable user–friendly interactive web
                applications. With this book, you'll discover how to use those ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX features in order to
                create richer, more responsive, dynamic web sites. You'll get an overview of the architecture,
                including the ASP.NET server elements and the client–side JavaScript library and runtime, and
                you'll gain a clear understanding of how the pieces of ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX build upon each other to
                provide a comprehensive framework for rich application development and limitless customization.

                As you build your knowledge of the underlying ASP.NET platform, you'll also learn how to
                effectively use Visual Studio 2008 to build ASP.NET solutions that maximize the new AJAX

                What you will learn from this book

                How the latest AJAX version is part of the .NET Framework 3.5, requiring no separate installation

                The benefits of cross–platform compatibility within all the major up–level browsers that exist

                Ways that Visual Studio works with AJAX–enabled pages

                Techniques for testing, debugging, and deploying ASP.NET AJAX applications

                Tips for building custom controls and working with animations

                How to access databases and Web Services

                Who this book is for

                This book is for ASP.NET developers who are interested in using AJAX to enhance existing web sites
                or develop new, more interactive web applications.

                Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real–world
                needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the
                issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and
                expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

Contents:       Introduction.

                Chapter 1: Overview of AJAX.

                Why AJAX Applications Are Needed.

                Bringing Richness to Web Applications.

                Who Benefits from AJAX?

                Technologies of AJAX.

                AJAX Libraries.

                Creating a Simple Web
                Page with AJAX.

                The Power of AJAX.

Chapter 2: ASP.NET 3.5 and AJAX.

ASP.NET 3.5 Brings a Lot to the Table.

ASP.NET AJAX Applications.

ASP.NET AJAX’s Server–Side Controls.

Using Multiple UpdatePanel Controls.

The Client–Side
Page Request Lifecycle.

Canceling a Request.

Detecting Errors.

Working with Updates.


Chapter 3: JavaScript for the ASP.NET Developer.

Variable Types in JavaScript.

Language Anomalies.

Scoping Variables.

Using Prototypes.

Close on Closures.

Evaluating eval().

Handling Exceptions.

Getting Parts of a String.

Better JavaScript.


Chapter 4: Understanding the ASP.NET AJAX Client Library.

The Browser
Page Lifecycle.

Using the Type System.

Base Class Library.

Supporting IntelliSense.

Errors and Debugging.

The Browser Object.

The Sys Namespace.

Chapter 5: The ScriptManager.

The Ubiquitous ScriptManager.

ASP.NET Application Services.

Error Handling.

Customizing the Location of Scripts.

Script Combining.


Chapter 6: Controlling the Back Button.

The Document Fragment Indicator.

Sample Application.

Enabling Partial Updates.

Adding History Support.

State Encoding.

Managing History Client–Side.

Client–Side Updates.

Adding History Support.

Deep Linking.


Chapter 7: The ASP.NET AJAX Toolkit.

Downloading and Installing.

The ASP.NET AJAX Controls.

ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit Extenders.

ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit Server Controls.


Chapter 8: Services.

Authenticating Users.

Managing User Roles.


Chapter 9: ASP.NET AJAX Networking.

The XMLHttpRequest Object.

Making WebRequest Calls.
Managing Web Requests.

Passing Data.


Chapter 10: Working with Animations.

Working with the Animation Control.

Examples of Animation Actions.


Chapter 11: Building Custom Controls.

Building Client–Side ASP.NET AJAX Controls.

Building a Server–Side ASP.NET AJAX Control.


Chapter 12: Web Parts.

Introducing Web Parts.

Building a Web Parts
Page without AJAX.

Understanding Postbacks with Web Parts.

Adding AJAX to the Web Parts

Building a Custom Web Part with AJAX.


Chapter 13: Localization.

What Is Localization?

Cultures and Regions.

Server–Side versus Client–Side Localization.

Client–Side Culture Details.

ASP.NET 3.5 Resource Files.

Looking at the Resource Editor.

Script Localization with Static Files.

Embedding JavaScript Files.


Chapter 14: State Management.

Understanding State in .NET.

Understanding Sessions.
            Using the Application Object.

            Using Cookies.

            Using ViewState.

            State Management and ASP.NET AJAX.


            Chapter 15: Testing and Debugging ASP.NET AJAX Applications.

            Debug and Release Scripts.

            Using the Error Class.

            Using the Sys.Debug Class.

            Enabling Internet Explorer for Debugging.

            Viewing ASP.NET AJAX Request and Response Messages.


            Chapter 16: Deploying ASP.NET AJAX Applications.

            Installing the Bits.

            ASP.NET AJAX.

            Preparing for Web Farm Deployment.

            Using a Different Platform.

            Avoiding Common Configuration Problems.

            Creating Web Deployment Projects.

            After Deployment.

            Using Compression for Scripts.

            SummaryAppendix A: ASP.NET AJAX Resources.


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