I’m happy to announce that my second Wrox Blox is done and available for purchase as of today! As you may remember, back in January, my first Wrox Blox on the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit was released. Now, continuing with the ASP.NET AJAX theme, the new Wrox Blox deals with creating your own ASP.NET AJAX controls, from scratch. As you may or may not know, control development is one of my favorite topics. There are always times when you create something that you and others will useful in multiple applications, and these cases usually are good candidates for a server control. This book takes the “Server Control” to the next level by enabling a rich client interface with ASP.NET AJAX. If you are still working in VS 2005, don’t let the title scare you away. Even though the book focuses on VS 2008 and .NET 3.5, you’ll still find the code and concepts apply within VS 2005 with .NET 2.0 and ASP.NET AJAX Extensions 1.0. As for a quick overview, the book starts out with outlining the important changes specifically for AJAX developers in VS 2008 and .NET 3.5. You will then venture in and create an ASP.NET Control from scratch, step-by-step. You’ll understand each step in the process explicitly as well as understand how everything in an ASP.NET AJAX Control fits together. Once you complete the Wrox Blox, you will have a solid understanding of ASP.NET AJAX Controls and I’m sure you will come up with some great ideas for new controls.
The direct link to the book is: http://www.wrox.com/WileyCDA/WroxTitle/productCd-0470286652.html. If you link out to it, you can get a synopsis as well as the complete table of contents for the book on the Wrox site.
I’d like to thank the whole team at Wrox for doing such a great job. I’d especially like to thank Jim Minatel for his understanding and patience. Also, special thanks to the Wrox editors: Sara Shlaer, Doug Holland, and Debra Banninger.