On-site technical training and workshops by New Instruction, LLC

Microsoft ASP.NET with AJAX
Live Instructor-Led Classroom Training

This 3-day workshop will provide a practical introduction to developing rich Internet applications using ASP.NET AJAX. Because of the rich support provided by Microsoft's AJAX tools, an ASP.NET programmer can get up and running in this new environment quickly.

The workshop begins with a discussion of rich Internet applications, which includes substantial client-side code, typically JavaScript. Microsoft's AJAX tools are surveyed, and a simple AJAX application is illustrated. The JavaScript programming language is covered in enough detail to give the participant a good working knowledge of writing client scripts. To retrieve and update information on a Web page from client-side code the programmer needs to use DHTML, or the Document Object Model (DOM), which are discussed in the third chapter along with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

Participants learn about the AJAX Client Library, which simplifies client-side programming with JavaScript extensions, a debugging trace facility, and various API shortcuts. Next we cover partial page rendering, which enables part of a page to be updated asynchronously, resulting in an improved user experience. We will also cover various techniques for making remote-method calls, resulting in greater efficiency in an Ajax application. The workshop introduces the AJAX Control Toolkit, which provides many very useful controls enabling sophisticated client-side effects with relatively little programming. The participants will learn about the built-in application services, which provide a client-side API to various services on the server, such as authentication and user profiles.

Numerous programming examples and exercises are provided. A case study illustrates a number of features of ASP.NET AJAX working together. The participant will receive a complete set of notes and all the programming examples.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for developers who have experience with ASP.NET and wish to take their capabilities to the next level.

Workshop Objectives
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the philosophy and implementation of rich Internet applications.
  • Use JavaScript and DHTML/CSS/DOM to add interactivity to Web applications.
  • Explain the benefits of AJAX in creating non-blocking and interactive Web applications.
  • Use ASP.NET AJAX and Visual Studio to easily implement AJAX applications.
  • Create visually rich and attractive Web applications with controls in the AJAX Control Toolkit.

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