This book concentrates on the use of ASP.NET 1.1 and Visual Studio 2003 to build applications for Internet or intranet use, and looks at the possibilities that rich clients bring to both application design and a better user experience. In particular, the authors provide guidance through a range of ideas on how data can be used to drive Web applications, and how that data can be most effectively utilized at each level of the design. They take a practical approach when showing you to build task-specific components, Web pages and Web applications based on a server running ASP.NET. The book itself focuses on n-tier architecture design and the way it can be coded, using SQL Server as a data source and simple Web server hardware.
Alex Homer is a computer geek and web developer with a passion for ASP.NET. Although he has to spend some time doing real work (a bit of consultancy and training, and the occasional conference session), most of his days are absorbed in playing with the latest Microsoft web technology and then writing about it. Living in the picturesque wilderness of the Derbyshire Dales in England, he's well away from the demands of the real world with only an Internet connection to maintain some distant representation of normality. But, hey, what else could you want from life? You can contact Alex through his own software company, Stonebroom Limited, at email@example.com.