Main Points

Here are our demos and experiments with ASP.NET design and development. We hope you'll enjoy all the different things you can do with this technology.

C# Programming

C# is the preferred programming language for .NET. While VB.NET is still used more or less, it is similar in syntax to C# expressly to make it easy to convert pages and learn. It is almost certainly the language of the future for .NET so here is the C# application development we've been working on.

ASP.NET Databases

Databases are a mainstay of dynamic web applications. Like XML files (not to suggest that you can't store XML in a database), databases are a compilation of data that can be accessed by a webform and used to generate XHTML code for the page. Check out our database design and development.

Master Pages

We've played around with other items further down the list, but at least currently, they are more exotic techniques that we have yet to incorporate into the website. Master pages are a completely different story. While problematic, they are a tremendously powerful ASP.NET templating tool. A supercharged variation on a server side include, the potential of master pages caused us to bury months in the project of redoing our template as a content page for a nested master page structure for the entire family of Earth Chronicle websites. This is where we elucidate how our Master Page development eventually yielded the 2008 version of the website template. With any luck "ha ha", we won't have to change it for awhile. (Though of course, there are some fantastic uses of both databases and an XML-based Google sitemap that could rock.)

Contact Form Design

This is our first major ASP.NET implementation. And it's being delayed by the artistic people. ;) We already have all the code put together. It's even up and running, driving the contact form for a different site. And although the email message our webform generates will read a little differently, that's a comparatively minor problem. Communicating and sending the email message with the server is all worked out. Check out our development work to create a Contact Form for Earth Chronicle.

ASP.NET Configuration

  • SiteMapPath.aspx - How do you like our bread crumb navigation? What? Haven't noticed it? Join the club. This is one of those things that ASP.NET makes very simple to do. However, we hit an unpleasant snag. This page explores the limitations of the built in web.sitemap file.

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  • AspNetConfiguration.aspx - A look at the critical Web.config file and other techie stuff.

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