Ok, so I just spent some time surfing around MSDN, looking at the new site and reliving lots of the great content on there.  So I thought I’d pull together my TOP 10 articles for ASP.NET, in no particular order below – these are all must reads for folks getting ready for ASP.NET 2.0.

 

Brian’s Top 10 Articles on MSDN

 

 

ASP.NET 2.0 Security Practices at a Glance

This module presents a set of consolidated practices designed to address ASP.NET version 2.0 security issues. The practices are organized by various categories that represent those areas where mistakes are most often made.   

 

Building ASP.NET 2.0 Web Sites Using Web Standards

Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 has many features to help you design and build Web sites that are compliant with XHTML and accessibility standards. This article looks at how and why you should be building these standards-compliant sites.  

 

Understanding and Extending the Site Navigation System in ASP.NET 2.0

The ASP.NET 2.0 site navigation system is built on a powerful and flexible architecture that has been designed to be extensible. This article examines the site provider architecture, and includes a sample provider that exposes the file system as a data source for site navigation, as an alternative to the standard Web.sitemap XML file.   

 

ASP.NET 2.0 Provider Toolkit

The provider model is used throughout ASP.NET 2.0. It is a means of writing each of the technologies used so that new versions can easily be created and plugged in. For example, if you need to access a different database or authentication server, you can create a provider for it. ASP.NET 2.0 will then work with that provider just as it works with the existing features. This makes ASP.NET 2.0 much more flexible, expandable and customizable than before.   

 

GridView Examples for ASP.NET 2.0

This article illustrates how to accomplish a number of common tasks with the Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 GridView control. Each task is accompanied by a description of the new concepts covered, and the complete working examples are available for download with this article.   

 

Learn ASP.NET 2.0 with Jeff Prosise

See how to maximize your business potential with Microsoft solutions. This series of presentations by Jeff Prosise of Wintellect introduces you to many of the new features of ASP.NET 2.0.

 

Getting Started with Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition

This video series is designed specifically for individuals who are interested in learning the basics of how to create dynamic Web applications using ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition in either Visual Basic or C#.

 

Introducing the ASP.NET 2.0 Web Parts Framework

Web Parts provide you with the infrastructure for creating customizable Web applications. When you build a Web site with Web Parts, the Web site can be easily customized by either the administrator of the Web site or the individual users of the Web site. Web Parts are all about flexibility.   

 

ASP.NET 2.0 Localization Features: A Fresh Approach to Localizing Web Applications

Creating global Web applications with Microsoft ASP.NET is becoming more and more important. ASP.NET 2.0 makes it even easier to provide support for multiple cultures and locales through improved runtime and tool support.   

 

How to Share Session State Between Classic ASP and ASP.NET

An oldie but a goodie for helping share state between ASP and ASP.NET applications.