If you think you're well versed in ASP.NET, think again. This exceptional guide gives you a master class in site building with ASP.NET 3.5 and other cutting-edge Microsoft technologies. You learn how to develop rock-solid web portal applications that can withstand millions of hits every day while surviving scalability and security pressures -- not just for mass-consumer homepages, but also for dashboards that deliver powerful content aggregation for enterprises.
Written by Omar AL Zabir, co-founder and CTO of Pageflakes, Building a Web 2.0 Portal with ASP.NET 3.5 demonstrates how to develop portals similar to My Yahoo , iGoogle, and Pageflakes using ASP.NET 3.5, ASP.NET AJAX, Windows Workflow Foundation, LINQ and .NET 3.5. Through the course of the book, AL Zabir builds an open source Ajax-enabled portal prototype (available online at www.dropthings.com), and walks you though the design and architectural challenges, advanced Ajax concepts, performance optimization techniques, and server-side scalability problems involved.
You learn how to:
- Implement a highly decoupled architecture following the popular n-tier, widget-based application model
- Provide drag-and-drop functionality, and use ASP.NET 3.5 to build the server-side part of the web layer
- Use LINQ to build the data access layer, and Windows Workflow Foundation to build the business layer as a collection of workflows
- Get maximum performance out of the ASP.NET AJAX Framework for faster, more dynamic, and scalable sites
- Build a custom web service call handler to overcome shortcomings in ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 for asynchronous, transactional, cache-friendly web services
- Solve scalability and security problems as your site grows from hundreds to millions of users
- Deploy and run a high-volume production site while solving software, hardware, hosting, and Internet infrastructure problems