Asynchronous processing in .NET part 1: fundamentals

In Windows Forms applications, we often need to perform some complex processing in the background, while still continuing with other tasks, such as monitoring user input and updating the user interface. For example, if you think of a web browser, it fetches and renders a web page without the main form hanging, so we can still press the Stop or Back buttons without waiting for the current page to load. This is achieved through asynchronous processing; that is, processing that takes advantage of Windows' multi-threading abilities to perform (as it appears to the user) two tasks at the same time.… Read more

Web Parts in ASP.NET 2.0

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Most Web Parts implementations allow users to create a single portal page where they can personalize the look, feel, functionality, and experience of their "My Home" page in an application. But what if you want to take Web Parts a step further and allow users to define a personalized interface that applies to a series of pages in an application?… Read more

Beginning ASP.NET 2.0

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It seems that there is both excitement and confusion surrounding Master Pages and Themes. A big part of the problem is that they always seem to be mentioned in the same breath - like I just did. The reality is that they are two separate but equally important technologies. … Read more

Debugger visualizers

Debugging is an important process for any level of programming to ensure programs function as expected. Most productive developer environments provide tools and utilities to assist with the debugging process. Visual Studio.NET 2005 is equipped with a number of debugger visualizers, but users can also create their own based on an individual project.… Read more