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"Building a Web 2.0 Portal with ASP.NET 3.5"--New from O'Reilly Media: Create a rock-solid, cutting-edge, high-volume web app that users will love

January 4, 2008

Author and programmer Omar Al Zabir loves a challenge. Two years ago he made a bet with a colleague that he could "clone" iGoogle in seven nights or he would give up coffee. "Surely I couldn't let coffee go," he says, "so I took the challenge and built such a portal in seven sleepless nights--with lots of coffee."

Zabir is still drinking coffee today (you can read about his success in a popular CodeProject article called "Build a Google IG-like Ajax Start Page in 7 days using ASP.NET Ajax and .NET 3.0."). Clearly not one for taking the easy way out, Zabir's new book, Building a Web 2.0 Portal with ASP.NET 3.5 (O'Reilly, US $44.99) not only shows how to build a Web 2.0 portal, but shows how to architect, design, develop, deploy, and maintain such a site on a production environment that can withstand millions of hits per day. "Readers will be able to create a cutting-edge, high volume, rock solid Web 2.0 application," says Zabir.

According to Zabir, the latest releases from Microsoft, .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008 RTM, combine to make this an exciting time for developing feature-rich, powerful web applications. His book is for ASP.NET developers who have some experience creating web applications and possess a sound understanding of JavaScript and ASP.NET 2.0. Readers should also have a basic understanding of ASP.NET AJAX.

Building a Web 2.0 Portal with ASP.NET 3.5 shows how to do the following:

  • 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
  • Build client-side widgets using JavaScript for faster performance and better caching
  • 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
  • Overcome JavaScript performance problems, and help the user interface load faster and be more responsive
  • 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

Building a Web 2.0 Portal with ASP.NET 3.5 also presents real-world ASP.NET challenges that Zabir has solved in building educational and enterprise portals, and covers thirteen production disasters common to web applications serving millions of users. If you're ready to build state-of-the art, high-volume web applications, this book has exactly what you need.

Omar Al Zabir, a 24 year old Microsoft MVP, started programming at the ripe old age of ten, winning the Best Competitor Award in a nationwide programming contest. Since then, he?s developed projects for companies like HP, Bank of America, Citibank and other companies in the US, Australia, Germany and Bangladesh. His love and passion for Microsoft technologies can be seen on his homepage www.oazabir.com. Back in 2000, his website showed the potential of Rich Internet Application by simulating Windows 2000 user interface using HTML and JavaScript. He is the co-founder & CTO of Pageflakes Ltd, a web 2.0 Ajax Start Page, which is an ASP.NET Ajax masterpiece itself. He also maintains a popular blog on Microsoft Technologies at msmvps.com/blogs/omar where he talks about Ajax, ASP.NET, SQL Server 2005 and much more.

For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bio, and samples, see the catalog page for Building a Web 2.0 Portal with ASP.NET 3.5.

Building a Web 2.0 Portal with ASP.NET 3.5
Omar Al Zabir
ISBN: 0-596-51050-0 $44.99 US
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