This is the second generation of our website, http://www.dbhovel.com.
Most of the first generation was just HTML with some ASP, and later one ASP.NET
application (the ImageViewer).
Since the advent of Microsoft's ASP.NET and C#, I wanted to reimplement
everything in a consistently formatted and styled presentation using ASP.NET
and SQL Server exclusively. While on Tortola, using my trusty Sony Vaio
laptop (number 3), I began this project.
C# and ASP.NET
Microsoft has done something very right here. The C# language is
remarkably easy to use and learn, and now, with generics coming in version .Net
2.0, lacks nothing over such mature offerings as C++.
ASP.NET is an extraordinarily
well-conceived web development tool. The more I work with it and become
proficient, the more I'm impressed that they sacrificed very little in their
attempt to build the preeminent web software engine.
Microsoft is still struggling with the issue of template-based web site
production, but there are many solutions available on the Internet for those
willing to wrestle with source code. I found several
implementations, but settled on an offering by Paul
MasterPages . Hopefully, whatever MS does in ASP.NET 2.0 won't
cause me to rewrite everything.
I'm using a slightly modified version of Chris Anderson's
UrlMapper. In my version, the URL mapping is quite simple, but
I've extended it to know about templates and mapping them.