Building Websites with the ASP.NET Community Starter Kit


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  • Learn .NET architecture through building real-world examples
  • Understand, implement, and extend the Community Starter Kit
  • Learn to create and customize your own website
  • For ASP.NET developers with a sound grasp of C#

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 268 pages [ 210mm x 197mm ]
Release Date : May 2004
ISBN : 1904811000
ISBN 13 : 9781904811008
Author(s) : Cristian Darie, K. Scott Allen
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Microsoft Development , Web Development, Microsoft, .NET


Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: The ASP.NET Community Starter Kit
Chapter 2: Touring a Community Starter Kit Website
Chapter 3: Creating and Administering Community Websites
Chapter 4: Themes, Skins, and the Common Controls
Chapter 5: Customizing your Website
Chapter 6: The Community Starter Kit Core Architecture
Chapter 7: Inside a CSK Module
Chapter 8: Creating a New Module
Chapter 9: Customization with User Controls
Chapter 10: Adding an RSS Feed
Chapter 11: Deployment
Appendix A: CSK Controls
Index
  • Chapter 2: Touring a Community Starter Kit Website
    • Overview of the Community Starter Kit
    • The Main Page
      • The Community Logo
      • The Community Menu
      • The Search Box
      • Login/Register
      • Advertising
      • Web Boxes
      • Web Services Boxes
      • Voting Polls
      • The Contents
    • Overview of the CSK Modules
      • Articles
      • Events
      • Books
      • Links
      • Discussions
      • Photo Gallery
      • Downloads
      • Parent Section
      • HTML Page
    • Common Features in the CSK Modules
      • Security
      • Moderation
      • Comments
      • Ratings
      • Notifications
      • Quotas
      • HTML Editor
    • Creating and Using User Accounts
      • Creating a New User Account
      • Log In
      • Edit Profile
      • Logging in as Administrator
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Creating and Administering Community Websites
    • Using the Community Administration Menu
      • Edit Sections
        • Editing a Section
        • Add New Section
      • Edit Voting Polls
      • Edit Service Subscriptions
      • Edit Messages
      • Edit Topics
      • Edit Users
      • Edit Web Box Services
      • Send Newsletter
      • Edit Images
      • View Activity Log
      • Delete Content
      • View Documentation
      • Administering Advertisements
      • Administering Quotes
      • The ISP Administration Page
        • Creating a New Community
    • Summary
  • Creating Themes
  • The Community Starter Kit Custom Controls
    • Learning about the Common Content Controls
      • AddContent
      • Author
      • BriefDescription
      • CommunityImageButton
      • ContentList
      • DateCreated
      • DisplayQuota
      • HtmlTextBox
      • ItemAuthor
      • ItemBriefDescription
      • ItemDateCreated
      • ItemEditContent
      • ItemHasRead
      • ItemImage
      • ItemReadMoreLink
      • ItemTitle
      • ItemTitleLink
      • ItemViewCount
      • LengthValidator
      • Logo
      • PageFooter
      • PageHeader
      • SectionTitle
      • Sorter
      • Title
      • UploadValidator
      • ViewCount
  • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Customizing your Website
    • Setting up a New Community
    • Preparing the Folder Structure and the Page Skin
    • Adding Information
      • Having a New Home
      • About Me
      • Advertising the Books
      • Forum
    • Changing the Layout
      • Updating the Parent Section and the Styles
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: The Community Starter Kit Core Architecture
    • The CSK Folder Structure and Configuration Files
      • Configuring the CSK Project
        • Web.Config
        • Global.asax
      • What Do the Main CSK Folders Contain?
        • The Admin Folder
        • The Advertisements Folder
        • The Communities Folder
        • The ISPAdmin Folder
        • The Engine Folder
    • Building Pages for the Client
      • The Default Page
      • Analyzing the Community Default Page
      • Processing Client Requests
        • Processing the Request in Application_BeginRequest
        • Getting Page Information in GetPageInfo
        • Authenticating the Request in Application_AuthenticateRequest
    • Processing the Request in the Middle Tier
      • The Community Starter Kit Framework
        • The Framework Base Classes
        • Handling Communities
        • Handling Sections
        • Handling Images
        • Handling Content Pages
        • Handling Search
        • Studying the Engine/Admin Folder
      • Modules for the CSK
    • The Database Structure
      • The Tables
    • Online CSK Resources
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: Inside a CSK Module
    • Database Layer
      • Procedures and Functions
        • Community_ArticlesAddArticle
        • Community_ArticlesGetArticles
        • Community_ArticlesGetArticle
      • Delete Content
    • Module Classes
      • Components
        • Component Helpers
        • Get Articles
      • Content
        • communityDefault.aspx
        • Article Content Control
        • The Article Skin
        • InitializeSkin Method
    • Skins and Styles
    • Summary
  • Chapter 8: Creating a New Module
    • Module Design
    • Module Construction Blueprint
    • The Community_Faq Table
    • The Community_Faqs Stored Procedures
      • Community_FaqsAddFaq
      • Community_FaqsEditFaq
      • Community_FaqsGetFaqs
      • Community_FaqsGetFaq
    • Initializing the FAQ Module
    • FAQ Components
      • FaqInfo
      • FaqUtility
    • FAQ WebControls
      • FaqAnswer and FaqReference
      • FaqEditContent
    • Content Classes
      • Faq and FaqSection
      • AddFaq and EditFaq
    • FAQ Page Content Skins
    • Module Styles
    • Putting It Together
    • Summary
  • Chapter 9: Customization with User Controls
    • The Custom Module Section
      • The "Recent Logins" User Control
        • Community_RecentLogins Stored Procedure
        • Recent Logins.ascx
        • Recent Logins Administration
    • Custom Web Boxes
      • FAQ Web Boxes
      • Current Event Web Box
    • Summary
  • Chapter 10: Adding an RSS Feed
    • The RSS 2.0 Specification
    • Community RSS Design
    • HttpModule Changes and Configuration
    • CommunityRSS.aspx
    • Testing the RSS Feed
    • Advertising the RSS Feed
    • Summary
  • Chapter 11: Deployment
    • Installing Content Files
      • Copy Project
        • Xcopy Deployment
      • Configuring ASP.NET
        • ASP.NET on Windows 2000
        • ASP.NET on Windows 2003
      • CSK Site Configuration
    • Database Deployment
      • DTS Deployment
      • Script Deployment
      • Backup and Restore
      • Database Ownership Problems
    • Community Starter Kit Configuration
      • Web.Config
      • ISPAdmin
    • Working with Other Sites
    • Summary

Cristian Darie

Cristian Darie is a software engineer with experience in a wide range of modern technologies, and the author of numerous books, including his popular AJAX and PHP tutorial by Packt, his ASP.NET E-Commerce tutorial, by APress and his forthcoming SEO tutorial for PHP developers by Wrox Press. Cristian is studying distributed application architectures for his PhD, and is getting involved with various commercial and research projects. When not planning to buy Google, he enjoys his bit of social life. If you want to say "hi", you can reach Cristian through his personal website at http://www.cristiandarie.ro.


K. Scott Allen

K. Scott Allen is the Chief Software Architect for Medisolv, Inc and holds MCP and MCSD certifications. In 12 years of software development Scott has worked on everything from real time firmware in 8 bit embedded devices to highly scalable Internet applications connecting COM+ and J2EE components with web services. Living in Hagerstown, Maryland, Scott tries to play as much softball as possible during the summer. Scott is a cofounder of the site http://www.OdeToCode.com, a .NET developer resource built using the Community Starter Kit.


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Errata type: Other | Page number: 186In the Article Content Control section on page 186, the words PageInfoObject and ContentInfoObject should be PageInfo object and ContentInfo object respectively.

 

 

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What you will learn from this book


  • Learn .NET architecture through building real-world examples
  • Understand, implement, and extend the Community Starter Kit
  • Learn to create and customize your own website
  • For ASP.NET developers with a sound grasp of C#

In Detail

Microsoft's ASP.NET Community Starter Kit (CSK) is a powerful, freely available application that allows you to quickly create a fully featured community-driven website, complete with article and news management, downloads, forums, and user handling. Supported and tested by thousands of developers in the ASP.NET community across the world, the Community Starter Kit offers you the luxury of a scalable and extensible architecture, and the ability to brand your own site. This book will take you inside the Community Starter Kit, allowing you to harness its power for easily creating your own websites. The book is structured to help you understand, implement and extend the Community Starter Kit:

  • Understand how the Community Starter Kit works.
  • Build the skills to implement your own site.
  • Develop the confidence to extend the system for your own needs.

With this book, you will learn how to:

  • Install and configure the CSK
  • Find your way around the CSKs towering range of features
  • Create and administer community websites
  • Become familiar with the common CSK ASP.NET controls
  • Customize your CSK site
  • Discover the secrets of the CSK core architecture
  • Explore the inner workings of CSK modules
  • Extend the CSK by creating new modules
  • Customize existing modules with Web controls
  • Add an RSS feed to share your content with others
  • Deploy your CSK website

This book is for ASP.NET developers with a sound grasp of C# and access to Visual Studio .NET. This book uses the Visual Studio. NET version of the ASP.NET Community Starter Kit available from http://www.asp.net/StarterKits/

A complete and practical guide to delivering content-rich community-driven websites based on the freely available ASP.NET Community Starter Kit from Microsoft. Aimed at experienced ASP.NET developers with responsibility for delivering robust and feature-rich websites, fast and effectively. First the book gives you a clear understanding of the architecture of the application. Then, it walks you through the implementation process, outlining choices and techniques. Having mastered the standard application, youll learn how to customize and extend the framework to deliver customer features and to integrate with other applications.

Approach

This book isn't written as a standard tutorial, it has been broken down into two halves to give you full understanding of the Community Starter Kit and then the confidence to create, administer and customize your own site. The second half of the book includes plenty of code, but the emphasis is firmly on guiding you through the techniques to create, extend and customize your own module.

Who this book is for

This book has been written for ASP.NET developers with a sound grasp of C# and access to Visual Studio .NET. This book uses the Visual Studio. NET version of the ASP.NET Community Starter Kit.

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