ASP.NET 3.5 Social Networking

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  • Make key decisions about architecture and the tools to use
  • Build a solid 'community framework' to give your site a strong foundation; the principles explored this framework will apply to any large-scale web application
  • Create user accounts, set up a permissions system, and handle password encryption
  • Work with user profiles, and establish 'friend' relationships between different users
  • Let users customize their profile and communicate with one another
  • Understand core concepts of LINQ to SQL and work with it in a layered environment
  • Moderate the site, ensuring safety, dealing with cross-site scripting (XSS), privacy, and decency
  • Utilize the Model View Presenter pattern with ASP.NET 3.5 to enable Test Driven Development
  • Add an internal search engine using SQL Server and Lucene.NET
  • Work with appropriate design patters to create a scalable long-lasting enterprise framework 

Social Networking is all about developing connections or ties between friends and associates. While people have always networked with one another the Internet has allowed us to network with people all over the world easily. Any interest or cause can support its own social network, where fans and followers can meet, chat, and share their views. But building a social networking site from scratch involves some complex logic, and some serious coding.

This book shows how to build a scalable, enterprise-ready social network using ASP.NET. The book uses the latest features of ASP.NET to provide a platform that is efficient, easy to maintain, and extensible. Whether you want to build your own social network, are developing a social site for a customer or employer, or just want a practical guide to developing complex ASP.NET applications then this book is ideal for you.

The book starts by planning the essential features of our social network, and then building a 'community framework' that will give our site a solid foundation and enable us to add all our social networking features. We then go on to create user accounts, profile pages, messaging systems, 'friend' relationships between members, media galleries, blogs, message boards, groups, and more. Along the way you will see LINQ, MVC, AJAX, and other features of ASP.NET 3.5 put to practical and interesting uses.

  • Create a full-featured, enterprise-grade social network using ASP.NET 3.5
  • Learn key new ASP.NET topics in a practical, hands-on way: LINQ, AJAX, C# 3.0, n-tier architectures, and MVC
  • Build friends lists, messaging systems, user profiles, blogs, message boards, groups, and more
  • Rich with example code, clear explanations, interesting examples, and practical advice – a truly hands-on book for ASP.NET developers

Additional material with this book:

Appendix A Setting Up Your Development Environment

Appendix B Test-Driven Development and Continuous Integration

Appendix C SQL

Page Count 580
Course Length 17 hours 24 minutes
ISBN 9781847194787
Date Of Publication 11 Dec 2008


Andrew Siemer

Andrew Siemer is currently a Senior Technical Architect for Perficient in Austin, Texas. He has worked as a software engineer, architect, trainer, and author since 1998 when he left the military. He is a frequent contributor to, host of, author of ASP.NET 3.5 Social Networking, and a member of the ASP Insiders group. Andrew has provided consultancy to many companies on the topics of e-commerce, social networking, and various other business systems. He has worked with eUniverse, Point Vantage, Callaway Golf, Guidance Software, Intermix Media, Fox Interactive, Lamps Plus, and Lender Processing Services, to name a few. In addition to his daily duties, he also conducts classes in .NET, C#, and other web technologies, blogs on numerous topics (, and works on various community projects such as You can find Andrew Siemer on Twitter at @asiemer, as well as Facebook, LinkedIn, and various other social sites.