"ASP.NET & Atlas - Microsoft's web development platform; today and the future"

25th May 2006, 7.30pm, Holdenby Lecture Theatre

The presentation will take place on Thursday 25th May 2006 @ 7:30 prompt, please arrive from 7pm for light refreshments:
The event is open to members and non-members, so please do bring someone along if you wish. (if you have not attended one of our events before, please see the detailed directions at the bottom.)

The Venue will be:
Holdenby Lecture Theatre (HLT3)
University College Northampton
Park Campus
Boughton Green Rd
Northampton Northamptonshire
NN2 7AL

Speaker: Mike Ormond
"Mike works in the Developer and Platform Group at Microsoft Ltd which means he spends a lot of time talking to people about the latest Microsoft technologies. In particular he focuses on ASP.NET and Office development. He has a BSc (Hons) in Information Engineering from the University of Strathclyde and is a Member of the IEE. In previous lives he has managed the developer support organisation at Microsoft Ltd, worked in technical sales for a leading testing tools company, developed software for automated payment systems and worked on automatic target tracking systems for military vehicles. In his spare time he dreams about classic cars and occasionally goes for a run by the river."

What is ASP.NET?
ASP.NET is a technology for creating dynamic Web applications. It is part of the .NET Framework; you can author ASP.NET applications in most .NET compatible languages, including Visual Basic, C#, and J#. ASP.NET pages (Web Forms) are compiled, providing better performance than with scripting languages. Web Forms allow you to build powerful forms-based Web pages. When building these pages, you can use ASP.NET server controls to create common UI elements, and program them for common tasks. These controls allow you to rapidly build a Web Form out of reusable built-in or custom components, simplifying the code of a page.

ASP.NET provides a programming model, and infrastructure, to make creating scalable, secure and stable applications faster, and easier than with previous Web technologies.For more details on ASP.NET, see this article.

What is Atlas?
"Atlas" is a free framework for building a new generation of richer, more interactive, highly personalized standards based web applications. It enables developers to easily enrich existing or new ASP.NET 2.0 applications with AJAX functionality while providing a rich client-side JavaScript framework to simplify AJAX style functionality. Learn more at our new and improved site atlas.asp.net today.

Directions to Park Campus
From the town centre follow the route signs for A508 Market Harborough and head towards Kingsthorpe. Passing through the Kingsthorpe shopping area move into the centre of the road. Immediately before the Prince of Wales public house turn right into Boughton Green Road. Follow this road up past the Sunnyside Pub on your left and turn right at the next island into the Park Campus car park. Once parked, walk towards to far right of the car park and into the Holdenby Reception. Follow the BCS arrows from there to the lecture Theatre. Park-campus.jpg will give you a detailed map of the site.