ASP.NET Introduction


3 days


Exeter – Devon, Bristol, Gloucester or onsite at your premise.


Microsoft’s .NET architecture is revolutionizing Internet application development. This course will teach students how to master building data-driven Web applications and services with ASP.NET, the next generation of Microsoft Active Server Pages technology. After completing this three-day course, students will be able to:

  • Successfully design the architecture of ASP.NET applications.
  • Write ASP.NET applications in VB.NET, the successor to Visual Basic and VBScript.
  • Create Web forms with ASP.NET Form Controls.
  • Work with ASP.NET Server Controls to validate and process form submissions and perform other vital tasks.
  • Build database-driven applications with ASP.NET and ADO.NET.
  • Produce XML data from your ASP.NET applications, and utilize ASP.NET to parse XML data and store it in a database.
  • Declare and control Web applications with global.asax.
  • Maintain state for each user via ASP.NET session management.
  • Understand the role of Web services and build your first data-driven Web services.
  • Successfully debug and deploy your ASP.NET applications.


Students should have a good working knowledge of Active Server Pages, gained through experience or attendance on an introductory level course. Prior attendance on an advanced level ASP course is recommended, as is proficiency in XML.


Introducing ASP.NET

  • What experience does this course presume?
  • What is the .NET Framework?
  • What is ASP.NET?
  • What languages are supported for writing ASP.NET applications?
  • What software do I need in order to run ASP.NET applications?
  • What does the Microsoft .NET Framework SDK include?
  • What happens the first time an ASP.NET file is executed?
  • Examining a Sample .NET Application that Uses asp:label
  • Processing Form Submissions Under the New Model
  • Exercise 1: Processing Form Submissions and Working with asp:label

Conditionals and Additional Web Server Controls

  • Conditionals in VB.NET
  • asp:dropdownlist and asp:listbox
  • asp:radiobuttonlist
  • asp:checkbox
  • Exercise 2: Completing a More Complex Application that Uses Web ServerControls

Data Types and More Control Flow Structures

  • Fundamental Data Types in VB.NET
  • Select Case
  • Loops in VB.NET
  • Exercise 3: Implementing a For Each Loop

Arrays, Subroutines, and Functions

  • Arrays
  • Subroutines
  • Functions
  • Exercise 4: Implementing the Previous Exercise Application UsingSubroutines

Events in ASP.NET

  • Page events
  • Web Server Control Events
  • Example: payperviewdemo.aspx
  • Exercise 5: Handling a Server-Side Click Event

Introduction to Object Oriented Concepts

  • Objects are Created from Classes
  • To Instantiate an Object, Call the Class’s Constructor
  • In VB.NET, All Variables are Typed
  • Objects in VB.NET Have Methods and Properties
  • Methods and Properties are Unique to Each Class
  • Classes Relate to Each Other in Hierarchies
  • Classes Automatically Inherit All Methods and Properties of The ClassesAbove Them
  • Example: Building and Using a Viewer Class
  • Defining Methods
  • Exercise 6: Writing and Using your First Class

Inheritance and Overriding

  • Declaring the Class as a Subclass of Viewer
  • Writing the New Constructor
  • Method Overriding
  • Shared (Static) Properties
  • Exercise 7: Subclassing Program with Movie

Request, Response, and Server

  • Side Note: Server.HTMLEncode()

Introducing ADO.NET

  • ADO.NET Uses OleDB Instead of ODBC
  • System.Data and System.Data.OleDb Contain the Classes for DatabaseAccess
  • Further Comparison of ADO.NET and ADO
  • Introducing the Database Used for the Course
  • Selecting Records from the Database via ADO.NET
  • asp:datagrid
  • Exercise 8: Building a LastName Query Interface

Handling Exceptions

  • Handling Database Exceptions
  • Try-Catch-Finally-End Try
  • Exercise 9: Writing a Query Viewer that Handles SQL Errors and EmptyDataSets

Working with Disconnected DataSets

  • OledbAdapter and DataSet
  • Populating a DataGrid from a DataSet
  • Examining a More Complex Example
  • Exercise 10: Building Your First Disconnected Recordset Application

Inserting Records into the Database

  • Inserting Records via a Disconnected Recordset
  • Inserting a Record Directly Into the Database
  • Exercise 11: Inserting a Viewer into the Database via a DisconnectedRecordset

Data Drilldowns with Data Bound Controls

  • Exercise 12: Building a Drilldown Application with a DynamicallyPopulated DropDownList
  • Working with Stored Procedures
  • Passing Input Parameters to a Stored Procedure
  • Exercise 13: Building an Application that Uses a Stored Procedure

Application Variables and global.asax

  • What is an Application?
  • A Sample global.asax File
  • A Hit Counter Application Variable Example
  • Exercise 14: Setting and Retrieving Application Variables

Session Variables

  • Exercise 15: Using Session Variables

Introducing XML

  • XML Logical Structure
  • XML Physical Structure
  • Why Use Attributes?
  • XML Design Patterns
  • Applications of XML (and related technologies)
  • What We’ll Cover in the Following Four Sections

Producing XML from Database Data via ADO.NET

  • Exercise 16: Generating XML from the Viewers Table

Reading XML Data into a DataSet

  • Exercise 17: Reading an XML File into a DataSet

Importing XML into the Database

  • Exercise 18: Importing an XML File into the Viewers Table

Performing XSLT with ASP.NET

  • Exercise 19: Transforming an XML Document via XSL

Working with Validation Controls

  • RequirdFieldValidator, CompareValidator, and RangeValidator
  • The ValidationSummary Control
  • Exercise 20: Implementing Validation Controls

Regular Expression Validation

  • Introducing Regular Expressions
  • Regular Expression Tester
  • Special Characters for Pattern Matching
  • Escape Sequences for Special Characters
  • Specifying Ranges in Patterns
  • Matching a Specified Number of Occurrences
  • Character-Range Escape Sequences
  • Matching at the Beginning or End of a String with ^ and $
  • The Word-Boundary Pattern Anchors: \b and \B
  • Using the RegularExpressionValidator
  • Exercise 21: Using the RegularExpressionValidator Control

Custom Validators

  • Exercise 22: Implementing the CustomValidator Control

User Controls

  • Exercise 23: Completing and Implementing a User Control

Code Behind

  • Exercise 24: Completing and Implementing a Code Behind


  • Exercise 25: Building and Deploying an Assembly

Introduction to Web Services with SOAP

  • What are Web Services?
  • What is SOAP?
  • Examining a Web Service
  • Calling a Web Service from another Application
  • Setting up a Web Service Proxy
  • Exercise 26: Building Your First Web Service

Appendix A: SQL Refresher

  • Data Types in SQL
  • Creating a Table in SQL
  • Inserting a Row into the Table in SQL
  • Inserting a Partial Row (or Fields in a Different Order) in SQL
  • Retrieving Information from the Database via SELECT
  • Editing Records in the Database with the UPDATE Statement
  • Removing Records from the Database with the DELETE Statement

Appendix B: Recommended Resources

  • Books
  • Newsgroups (searchable via
  • Web Sites


Courseware and manual, certificate of achievement, refreshments and lunch are all included in this course.

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