By now, developers everywhere have had the opportunity to download the first beta of the Microsoft® .NET Framework 2.0. ASP.NET developers who have played with it are no doubt salivating at all the cool new features. From Master Pages to declarative data access to new controls to a new provider-based state management architecture, ASP.NET 2.0 offers myriad ways to do more with less code. And with Beta 2 just around the corner, now is the time to get serious about ASP.NET 2.0.
You may have read some of the many books and magazine articles previewing the upcoming features. You might even have seen a live demo at a conference or user group meeting. But how well do you really know ASP.NET 2.0? Did you know, for example, that those wonderful $ expressions used to declaratively load connection strings and other resources can be extended to create $ expressions of your own? Did you realize that the new ASP.NET 2.0 client callback manager provides an elegant solution to the problem of keeping browser displays in sync with constantly changing data on the server? Did you know that you can encrypt sections of Web.config to prevent connection strings and other potentially injurious data from being stored in plaintext?
My Take? Interesting article. I like the part about the client script callbacks, which is extremely useful. And the custom expression builder.