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12/9 - ASP.NET Web Platform Firestarter

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Join your Microsoft Developer Evangelists for this free event that will get you up to speed with Microsoft ASP.NET web development, going from zero to sixty in one day. Whether you’re just starting out or are already on the web and looking for the latest developments, this technical content will take you through a progression of sessions, all focused on developing with the Microsoft Web Platform. By the end of the day, you’ll be familiar with latest advances and have a solid understanding of ASP.NET web development options.

Session 1: To the Web with ASP.NET 4 Web Forms
The tried-and-true approach for creating effective and robust websites, ASP.NET 4 Web Forms offers powerful abstractions and rapid application development features. Add in recent advances in ASP.NET 4 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and you’ll be crafting amazing sites in no time.

Session 2: Looking at ASP.NET MVC
ASP.NET MVC (Model View Controller) is a relatively new option, offering a variety of potential benefits such as separation of concerns, flexibility, control, and testability. In this session, you’ll learn the essentials, along with the latest advances, so you can get started right away.

Session 3: The Web Platform Smorgasbord
Join us for this relaxed but rapid-fire look at a variety of web topics including tools and tech.

Session 4: Introducing WebMatrix
WebMatrix is a new option that provides a simple but powerful way to create web applications. You can create sites based on existing open-source applications, or dive right in and create from scratch. From code and testing to data and deployment, we’ll introduce WebMatrix and show you how it can make your life easier.

Session 5: Evaluating Your Web Options
You’re up to speed with the latest in ASP.NET MVC, Web Forms, and WebMatrix, but you may be wondering how and when to choose between them. The great news is you don’t always have to choose just one. In this session we’ll talk about factors to consider, options for adoption/migration, and ways to combine ASP.NET Web Forms and MVC in the same web application.

Session 6: Creating Effective Websites with ASP.NET
Knowing how to create websites with ASP.NET is important, but making them effective is the key. This final session dives into additional options and techniques that apply to both Web Forms and ASP.NET MVC applications. From scripting with jQuery and AJAX, design with CSS, markup and validation techniques, and tools for testing, you’ll learn how to set your sites (and skills) apart from the rest.

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