Last week we published a series of great ASP.NET 2.0 “How do I?” videos on MSDN. These videos are code-focused videos (no slides or marketing at all – pure code) that walkthrough using some of the new features in ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Web Developer (which is free).
The “How do I?” videos are each about 10-15 minutes long, and are a great way to quickly come up to speed with some of the new features. I highly recommend setting some time aside to watch them. Here is the current listing of them:
Data Access – Create a new database from scratch, define a table, populate it with data, create a strongly typed DAL TableAdapter to work against it, and then build a filtered master/detail set of ASP.NET pages with data sorting, paging and editing support against it.
Master Pages and Site Navigation – Create a consistent master page layout for a site using the new ASP.NET Master Pages Feature. Then create a site navigation menu using site navigation and the new TreeView control.
Membership and Roles – Add an authentication and authorization system to a site from scratch, and implement login, create user, change password, password reset, and role based security in a secure way.
Profiles and Themes – Enable per-user profile personalization on a site. Then use this together with the new Themes/Skins feature to allow a visiting user to customize and personalize the look and feel of a site.
Web Parts and Personalization – Enable customizable drag/drop portal UI within web-pages, and allow visiting users to customize the information experience they see.
Output Caching and SQL Cache Invalidation – Learn how to use the output caching feature in ASP.NET, as well as the new SQL Cache Invalidation support to build super efficient output cached pages that stay in sync with the data within your database.
Partial Page Caching – Learn how to use the Partial Page output caching with ASP.NET to enable regions of a page to be cached, while also allowing other portions of the page to stay dynamic.
Localization – Learn how to build culture-aware and locale specific applications using ASP.NET 2.0.
Wizard and Validation Controls – Build a canonical form data registration page using the new ASP.NET 2.0 Wizard control and validation control features.
Tips and Tricks – This video highlights a number of cool new features in ASP.NET 2.0, including: cross-page postback support, file uploading, the MultiView control, encrypting web.config settings, and more.
Atlas -- This video shows building a todo Task List using Atlas, the new ASP.NET AJAX framework.
Interview with me on Sys-Con
Sys-con magazine also last week published an online video interview with me on their web-site that you can watch here. In it, I talk a little about the history of ASP.NET as well as our approach and plans with Atlas. I also reference a new web-site here that you can visit to register for additional free web-casts on ASP.NET 2.0. If you live in the US or Canada and watch three of the web-casts, you can register to receive a free copy of Visual Studio Standard edition.
Hope this helps,