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Posted 28 Nov 2005

Facing .NET Technical Interviews: Part 1

, 26 Dec 2005
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A brief preparation on technical stuff for interviews on .NET.


Seems that I am going to provide instructions regarding how to face technical interviews on .NET. I am sorry but this is not the content of this article series. I have worked a lot on preparing technical questions asked during interviews for various development positions.

In this series of articles I am going to explain some of questions asked frequently during technical interviews, in the beginning (In this and subsequent article) we will go through core technical stuff and after that I will explain some of the tricky and confusing concepts.

During technical interview on .NET generally questions are asked on .NET Framework, VB.NET, C#.NET, Managed C++, ASP.NET etc. Questions can be conceptual as well as related to practical problems also, in this series I will cover conceptul questions first and then some questions on practical problems.

Instead of talking much on introduction let's start the business.

Microsoft .NET

.NET Framework:
.NET framework is an environment that facilitates Object Oriented Programming Model for multiple languages. It wraps Operating System and insulates Software Development from many Operating System specific tasks such as file handling, memory allocation & management.
It has two main components CLR (Common Language Runtime) and .Net BCL (Base Class Libraries).
Sample screenshot
As you can see in Figure, the .NET Framework sits on top of the operating system, which can be a few different flavors of Windows and consists of a number of components. .NET is essentially a system application that runs on Windows.

The most important component of the Framework is something called the CLR. If you are a Java programmer, think of the CLR as the .NET equivalent of the Java Virtual Machine (JVM). If you don't know Java, think of the CLR as the heart and soul of the .NET architecture. At a high level, the CLR activates objects, performs security checks on them, lays them out in memory, executes them, and garbage-collects them. Conceptually, the CLR and the JVM are similar in that they are both runtime infrastructures that abstract the underlying platform differences. However, while the JVM currently supports just the Java language, the CLR supports all languages that can be represented in the Common Intermediate Language (CIL). The JVM executes bytecode, so it could technically support many different languages, too. Unlike Java's bytecode, though, IL is never interpreted. Another conceptual difference between the two infrastructures is that Java code runs on multiple platforms with a JVM, whereas .NET code runs only on the Windows platforms with the CLR (at the time of this writing). Microsoft has submitted the Common Language Infrastructure (CLI), which is functional a subset of the CLR, to ECMA, so a third-party vendor could theoretically implement a CLR for a platform other than Windows.

An assembly is the basic unit of deployment and versioning, consisting of a manifest, a set of one or more modules, and an optional set of resources.

.NET Portable Executable File:
A Windows executable, EXE or DLL, must conform to a file format called the PE file format, which is a derivative of the Microsoft Common Object File Format (COFF). Both of these formats are fully specified and publicly available. The Windows OS knows how to load and execute DLLs and EXEs because it understands the format of a PE file. Given this, any compiler that wants to generate Windows executables must obey the PE/COFF specification.

Standard Windows PE files are divided into two major sections. The first section includes the PE/COFF headers that reference the contents within the PE file. In addition to the header section, the PE file holds a number of native image sections, including the .data, .rdata, .rsrc , and .text sections. These are the standard sections of a typical Windows executable, but Microsoft's C/C++ compiler allows you to add your own custom sections into the PE file using a compiler pragma statement. For example, you can create your own data section to hold encrypted data that only you can read. Taking advantage of this ability, Microsoft has added a few new sections to the normal PE file specifically to support the CLR's functionality. The CLR understands and manages the new sections. For example, the CLR will read these sections and determine how to load classes and execute your code at runtime.

The sections that Microsoft has added to the normal PE format are the CLR header and the CLR data sections. While the CLR header stores information to indicate that the PE file is a .NET executable, the CLR data section contains metadata and IL code, both of which determine how the program will be executed.


Metadata is machine -readable information about a resource, or "data about data." Such information might include details on content, format, size, or other characteristics of a data source. In .NET, metadata includes type definitions, version information, external assembly references, and other standardized information.

In order for two components, systems, or objects to interoperate with one another, at least one must know something about the other. In COM, this "something" is an interface specification, which is implemented by a component provider and used by its consumers.

In .NET, metadata is a common mechanism or dialect that the .NET runtime, compilers, and tools can all use. Microsoft .NET uses metadata to describe all types that are used and exposed by a particular .NET assembly. Metadata includes descriptions of an assembly and modules, classes, interfaces, methods, properties, fields, events, global methods, and so forth.

.NET assemblies are deployable units and manifests are the metadata that describes the assemblies.

IL Code:

An assembly contains the IL code that the CLR executes at runtime. The IL code typically uses types defined within the same assembly, but it also may use or refer to types in other assemblies. There is one caveat: each assembly can have at most one entry point, such as DllMain( ), WinMain( ), or Main( ). You must follow this rule because when the CLR loads an assembly, it searches for one of these entry points to start assembly execution.

There are four types of assemblies in .NET:

Static assemblies: These are the .NET PE files that you create at compile time. You can create static assemblies using your favorite compiler: csc, cl, or vbc.
Dynamic assemblies: These are PE-formatted, in-memory assemblies that you dynamically create at runtime using the classes in the System.Reflection.Emit namespace.
Private assemblies: These are static assemblies used by a specific application.
Public or shared assemblies: These are static assemblies that must have a unique shared name and can be used by any application.

Side-by-Side Execution:

The CLR allows any versions of the same-shared DLL (shared assembly) to execute at the same time, on the same system, and even in the same process. This concept is known as side-by-side execution.

Manifests: Assembly Metadata
An assembly manifest is metadata that describes everything about the assembly, including its identity, a list of files belonging to the assembly, references to external assemblies, exported types, exported resources, and permission requests. In short, it describes all the details that are required for component plug-and-play. Since an assembly contains all these details, there's no need for storing this type of information in the registry, as in the COM world.

An assembly can be a single-module assembly or a multi-module assembly. In a single-module assembly, everything in a build is clumped into one EXE or DLL, an example of which is the hello.exe application that we developed earlier. This is easy to create because a compiler takes care of creating the single -module assembly for you.

A multi-module assembly is one that contains many modules and resource files. To create it you have to use the Assembly Linker (al.exe) that is provided by the .NET SDK. This tool takes one or more IL or resource files and spits out a file with an assembly manifest.

Any .NET language may be converted into IL, so .NET supports multiple languages and perhaps multiple platforms in the future (as long as the target platforms have a CLR).

The Common Type System (CTS):
Because .NET treats all languages as equal, a class written in C# should be equivalent to a class written in VB.NET, and an interface defined in Managed C++ should be exactly the same as one that is specified in managed COBOL. Languages must agree on the meanings of these concepts before they can integrate with one another. In order to make language integration a reality, Microsoft has specified a common type system to which every .NET language must abide.

Interfaces support exactly the same concept as a C++ abstract base class (ABC) with only pure virtual functions. An ABC is a class that declares one or more pure virtual functions and thus cannot be instantiated. If you know COM or Java, interfaces in .NET are conceptually equivalent to a COM or Java interface. You specify them, but you don't implement them. A class that derives from your interface must implement your interface. An interface may contain methods, properties, indexers, and events. In .NET, a class can derive from multiple interfaces.

The Common Language Specification (CLS):
Microsoft has published the Common Language Specification (CLS). The CLS specifies a series of basic rules that are required for language integration. Since Microsoft provides the CLS that spells out the minimum requirements for being a .NET language, compiler vendors can build their compilers to the specification and provide languages that target .NET. Besides compiler writers, application developers should read the CLS and use its rules to guarantee language interoperation.

CLR Execution:
.Net PE Files(Metadata And IL) >> Class Loader >> Verifier >> JIT >> Managed Native Code

Once the class loader has found and loaded the target class, it caches the type information for the class so that it doesn't have to load the class again for the duration of this process.

The verifier is responsible for verifying that:
1. The metadata is well formed, meaning the metadata must be valid.
2. The IL code is type safe, meaning type signatures are used correctly.

The JIT compilers convert IL to native code so that it can execute on the target operating system. For optimization reasons, JIT compilation occurs only the first time a method is invoked. Recall that the class loader adds a stub to each method during class loading. At the first method invocation, the VEE reads the information in this stub, which tells it that the code for the method has not been JIT compiled. At this indication, the JIT compiler compiles the method and injects the address of the managed native method into this stub. During subsequent invocations to the same method, no JIT compilation is needed because each time the VEE goes to read information in the stub, it sees the address of the native method. Because the JIT compiler only performs its magic the first time a method is invoked, the methods you don't need at runtime will never be JIT compiled. The compiled, native code lies in memory until the process shuts down and until the garbage collector clears off all references and memory associated with the process. This means that the next time you execute the process or component, the JIT compiler will again perform its magic.

If you want to avoid the cost of JIT compilation at runtime, you can use a special tool called ngen, which compiles your IL during installation and setup time. Using ngen, you can JIT-compile the code once and cache it on the machine so that you can avoid JIT compilation at runtime (this process is referred to as Pre-JITting). In the event that the PE file has been updated, you must PreJIT the PE file again. Otherwise, the CLR can detect the update and dynamically command the appropriate JIT compiler to compile the assembly.

All .NET assemblies are essentially binary components. You can treat each .NET assembly as a component that you can plug into another component or application, without the need for source code, since all the metadata for the component is stored inside the .NET assembly. While you have to perform a ton of plumbing to build a component in COM, you need to perform zero extra work to get a component in .NET, as all .NET assemblies are components by nature. Remember, we're using the term "component" as a binary, deployable unit, not as a COM class.

Shared Components:
Unlike application-private assemblies, shared assemblies - ones that can be used by any client application - must be published or registered in the system Global Assembly Cache (GAC). When you register your assemblies against the GAC, they act as system components, such as a system DLL that every process in the system can use. A prerequisite for GAC registration is that the component must possess originator and version information. In addition to other metadata, these two items allow multiple versions of the same component to be registered and executed on the same machine. Again, unlike COM, we don't have to store any information in the system registry for clients to use these shared assemblies.

Object Pooling:
A pool is technical term that refers to a group of resources, such as connections, threads, and objects. Putting a few objects into a pool allows hundreds of clients to share these few objects (you can make the same assertion for threads, connections, and other objects). Pooling is therefore a technique that minimizes the use of system resources, improves performance, and helps system scalability.

ADO.NET Architecture:
Microsoft ADO.NET's object model encompasses two distinct groups of classes: content components and managed-provider components. The content components include the DataSet class and other supporting classes such as DataTable, DataRow, DataColumn, and DataRelation. These classes contain the actual content of a data exchange. The managed-provider components assist in data retrievals and updates. Microsoft provides two managed providers in its current release of ADO.NET: OLE DB and SQL. The OLE DB managed provider comes with OleDbConnection, OleDbCommand, OleDbParameter, and OleDbDataReader. The SQL Server managed provider comes with a similar set of objects, whose names start with SqlClient instead of OleDb. Developers can use the connection, command, and data reader objects to directly manipulate data.

We might think that setting up and tearing down connections is not a good idea since the cost of establishing a connection is usually high. This is a concern only in the absence of connection pooling. ADO.NET automatically keeps connections to a data source in a pool, so when an application thinks it is tearing down a connection, it's actually returning it to the resource pool. This allows connections to be reused, avoiding the cost of reconstructing new connections from scratch.

Because ADO.NET framework classes are managed code, developers can inherit and extend these classes to their custom needs.

A data reader is a new object providing fast, forward-only, and read-only access to data. This is similar to an ADO Recordset with server-side, forward - only, and read-only cursor types. Since this is a server –side cursor, the connection to the server is open throughout the reading of data.

Even though each DataAdapter maps only one DataTable in the DataSet, you can have multiple adapters to fill the DataSet object with multiple DataTables. Managed Code:
The .Net framework provides several core run-time services to the programs that run within it. For example exception handling and security. For these services to work the code must provide a minimum level of information to runtime. Such code is called Managed Code.

Managed Data:
This is data for which memory management is done by .Net runtime’s garbage collector this includes tasks for allocation de-allocation. We can call garbage collector to collect un-referenced data by executing System.GC.Collect().

What is an Assembly?
Assemblies are fundamental building blocks of .Net Framework. They contain the type and resources that are useful to make an application. Assemblies enables code reuse, version control, security and deployment. An assembly consist of: Manifest , Type Metadata, MSIL and resource file.

Assemblies are Private and Shared. Private are used for a single application and installed in application’s install directory or its sub-directory. Shared assembly is one that can be referenced by multiple application and resides in GAC(local cache for assemblies managed by .Net Framework).
gacutil /i myDll.dll can see and %windir%\assembly

Metadata and Manifest:
Manifest describes the assembly itself. Assembly name, version, culture, strong name, list of files, type reference and reference assembly. While Metadata describes contents within the assembly like classes, namespaces, interfaces, scope, properties, methods and their parameters etc.

Application Domain:
It is a virtual process that serves to isolate an application. All object created within the same application scope are created within same application domain.

Garbage Collection:
It is Automatic Memory Manager for .Net Framework. It manages the memory allocated to .Net Framework.
When a variable is defined it gets a space in memory (stack) and when an object is created memory for the object is allocated in heap. When an object is assigned to a variable it increments the reference counts for the object and when program control comes out of the function the scope of variable gets ended Or NULL is assigned to variable it decrements the reference count of object by 1. When reference count of one object becomes zero GC acts call destructor of object and then releases the memory acquired by the object.

Can .Net Components can be used from a COM?
Yes, can be used. But There are few restrictions such as COM needs an object to be created. So static methods, parameterized constructor can not be used from COM. These are used by COM using a COM Callable Wrapper (CCW).
TlbImp.exe and TlbExp.exe

How does .NET Remoting work?
It involves sending messages along channels. Two of the standard channels are HTTP and TCP. TCP is for LANs only and HTTP can be used on LANs or WANs (internet). TCP uses binary serialization and HTTP uses SOAP (.Net Runtime Serialization SOAP Formatter).

There are 3 styles of remote access:
SingleCall: Each incoming request is handled by new instance.
Singleton: All requests are served by single server object.
Client-Activated Object: This is old state-full DCOM model. Where client receives reference to the remote object and keep until it finished with it.

Situations where we have to put same name Dlls in single directory where are Dlls are of different versions.


Boxing and Un-Boxing:
Implicit(automatic) conversion of value type to reference type is known as Boxing And Explicit (manual) conversion of Reference type to value type is said to be Un-boxing. (conversion of Integer variable to object type)

.Net Object Oriented Programming Concepts

Class is concrete representation of an entity. It represents a group of objects, which posses similar attributes and behavior.
Provides Abstraction and Encapsulations. A category name that can be given to group of objects of similar kind.

Object represents/resembles a Physical/real entity. An object is simply something you can give a name.

Object Oriented Programming:
It is a Style of programming that represents a program as a system of objects and enables code-reuse.

Binding of attributes and behaviors. Hiding the implementation and exposing the functionality.

Hiding the complexity. Defining communication interface for the functionality and hiding rest of the things.
In .Net destructor can not be abstract. Can define Either Finalize / Destructor. For Destructor access specifiers can not be assigned. It is Private.

Adding a new method with the same name in same/derived class but with different number/types of parameters. Implements Polymorphism.

When we need to provide different implementation than the provide by base class, We define the same method with same signatures in the derived class. Method must be Protected/Protected-Friend/Public for this purpose. (Base class routine can be called by Mybase.Method, base.Method).

When the method is defined as Final/sealed in base class and not overridable and we need to provide different implementation for the same. We define method with Shadows/new.

Gives you ability to provide is-a relationship. Acquires attributes and behaviors from another. When a class acquires attributes and behaviors from another class. (must not be Final or sealed class in .Net)

Abstract Class:
Instance can not be created. Optionally can have one or more abstract methods but not necessary. Can provide body to Classes.

What a Class must do, But not how-to.
Bridge for the communication when the caller does not know to whom he is calling.
Describes externally visible behavior of element.
Only Public members which defines the means of the communication with the outer world. Can-be-Used-As Relationship.
Can not contain data but can declare property. There can be no implementation. Interface can be derived from another interface.

Mean by more than one form. Ability to provide different implementation based on different no./type of parameters. A method behaves differently based on the different input parameters. Does not depend on the Return-Type.

Make an method abstract/virtual in base class. Override it in Derived Class. Declare a variable of type base class and assign an object of derived class to it. Now call the virtual/abstract method. The actual method to be called is decided at runtime.

Calling an non-virtual method decides the method to call at compile time is known as Early-Binding.

Same as pure-polymorphism.

Identifiers/Access Specifies and scope:
VB.NET: Private, Protected, Friend, Protected Friend, Public.
C#: private, protected, internal, protected internal, public.

What is a Delegate?
A strongly typed function pointer. A delegate object encapsulates a reference to a method. When actual function needs to be called will be decided at run-time.

Static Variable and Its Life-Time:
VB.NET: Public Shared VAR As Type.
C#: public static Type VAR;
Life time is till the class is in memory.

Special Method Always called whenever an instance of the class is created.

Called by GC just before object is being reclaimed by GC.


Different Types of Caching?
Output Caching: stores the responses from an page.
Fragment Caching: Only caches/stores the portion of page (User Control)
Data Caching: is Programmatic way to Cache objects for performance.

Authentication and Authorization:
Authentication is identifying/validating the user against the credentials (username and password) and Authorization performs after authentication. Authorization allowing access of specific resource to user.

Different Types of Directives:
Page, Register, Control, OutputCache, Import, Implements, Assembly, Reference

Difference between Server-Side and Client-Side:
Server-Side code is executed on web-server and does not transmitted to client, while client-side code executed on client(browser) and is rendered to client along with the content.

Difference Server.Transfer and Response.Redirect:
Both ends the processing for the current request immediately. Server.Transfer start executing the another resource specified as parameter without acknowledgement to client(browser) while Response.Redirect intimate client that your requested resource is available at this location and then client request for that resource.

Different Types of Validators and Validation Controls:
RequiredFieldValidator, RangeValidator, RegularExpressionValidator, CompareValidator, CustomValidator, ValidationSummary

How to Manage State in ASP.Net?
Client based: ViewState, QueryString and Cookies Server based: Session, Application.

Difference between User Control and Custom Control:
CUSTOM Controls are compiled code (Dlls), easier to use, difficult to create, and can be placed in toolbox. Drag and Drop controls. Attributes can be set visually at design time. Can be used by Multiple Applications (If Shared Dlls), Even if Private can copy to bin directory of webApp add reference and use. Normally designed to provide common functionality independent of consuming Application.

3 Types of Session State Modes?
InProc(cookieless, timeout),
StateServer (Server, Port stateConnectionString="tcpip=server:port"),
SQLServer (sqlconnectionstring) and Off.

What is ViewState and How it is managed, Its Advantages/Benefits?
ViewState is a special object that ASP.NET uses to maintain the state of page and all webcontrols/ServerControls within it. It is in this object preserves the states of various FORM elements during post-backs. It is rendered to client(browser) as a Hidden variable __VIEWSTATE under <form>tag. We can also add custom values to it.

What is web.config and machine.config:
machine.config is default configuration for all applications running under this version, located in %WinDir%\Microsfot.Net\Framework\Version. Settings can be overridden by Web.Config for an specific application Web.Config resides in application’s root/virtual root and exists in sub-sequent folders.

Role of Global.asax:
Optional file contains the code to handle Application level events raised by ASP.Net or By HttpModule. This file resides in application root directory. Application_Start, _End, _AuthenticateRequest, _Error, Session_Start, _End, BeginRequest, EndRequest. This file is parsed and compiled into dynamically generated class derived from HttpApplication.

Page Life Cycle:
Init, LoadViewState, LoadPostBackData, Load, RaisePostBackDataChangedEvent, RaisePostBackEvents, Pre-Render, SaveViewState, Render, Unload, (IpostBackDataChangedEventHandler and IpostBackEventHandler) Error, CommitTransaction, AbortTransaction, Abort
inetinfo.exe, aspnet_isapi.dll aspnet_wp.exe, HttpModules (OutputCache, Session, Authentication, Authorization, Custom Modules Specified) and Then HttpHandlers PageHandlerFactory for *.aspx

Can the action attribute of a server-side <form>tag be set to a value and if not how can you possibly pass data from a form to a subsequent Page?
No assigning value will not work because will be overwritten at the time of rendering. We can assign value to it by register a startup script which will set the action value of form on client-side. Rest are Server.Transfer and Response.Redirect.

ASP.Net List Controls and differentiate between them?
RadioButtonList, CheckBoxList, DropDownList, Repeater, DataGrid, DataList

Type Of Code in Code-Behind class:
Server-Side Code.

What might be best suited to place in the Application_Start and Session_Start:
Application level variables and settings initialization in App_Start
User specific variables and settings in Session_Start

Difference between inline and code-behind. Which is best?
Inline is mixed with html and code-behind is separated. Use code-behind, Because Inline pages are loaded, parsed, compiled and processed at each first request to page and remains in compiled code remains in cache until it expires, If expires it again load, parse and compile While code-behind allows to be pre-compiled and provide better performance.

Which Template must provide to display data in Repeater?

How to Provide Alternating Color Scheme in Repeater?

What base class all Web Forms inherit from?

What method do you use to explicitly kill a user’s Session?

How do you turn off cookies in one page of your application?
We will not use it. But can not turn off cookies from server. To allow or not is a client side functionality.

Which two properties are on every validation control?
ControlToValidate and Text, ErrorMessage

How do you create a permanent cookie?
Set expires property to Date.MaxValue (HttpCookie.Expires = Date.MaxValue)

What is the standard you use to wrap up a call to a Web Service?

Which method do you use to redirect to user to another page without performing a round trip to Client?

What is transport protocol you use to call a Web-Service SOAP?

A Web Service can only be written in .NET?

Where on internet would you look for Web services?

How many classes can a single .NET DLL contain?

How many namespaces are in .NET version 1.1?

What is a bubbled event?
When you have a complex control like DataGrid. Writing an event processing routine for each object (cell, button, row etc.). DataGrid handles the events of its constituents and will raise its own defined custom events.

Difference between ASP Session State and ASP.Net Session State?
ASP: relies on cookies, Serialize all requests from a client, Does not survive process shutdown, Can not maintained across machines in a Web farm/garden.

Layouts of ASP.NET Pages:
GridLayout and FlowLayout

Web User Control:
Combines existing Server and HTML controls by using VS.Net. to create functional units that encapsulate some aspects of UI. Resides in Content Files, which must be included in project in which the controls are used.

Composite Custom Control:
combination of existing HTML and Server Controls.

Rendered custom control:
create entirely new control by rendering HTML directly rather than using composition.

Where do you store the information about user’s Locale?

should Validation occur on Client/Server Side for Date Input?
Both. Client-side reduces extra round-trip. Server-Side ensures prevention against hacking and failure against automated requests.

As their names imply, both HTTP GET and HTTP POST use HTTP as their underlying protocol. Both of these methods encode request parameters as name/value pairs in the HTTP request. The GET method creates a query string and appends it to the script's URL on the server that handles the request. For the POST method, the name/value pairs are passed in the body of the HTTP request message.

Web Services Discovery:
Even though advertising of a web service is important, it is optional. Web services can be private as well as public. Depending on the business model, some business-to -business (B2B) services would not normally be advertised publicly. Instead, the web service owners would provide specific instructions on accessing and using their service only to the business partner. To advertise web services publicly, authors post discovery files on the Internet. Potential web services clients can browse to these files for information about how to use the web services—the WSDL (Web Service Description Language). Think of it as the yellow pages for the web service. All it does is point you to where the actual web services reside and to the description of those web services. The process of looking up a service and checking out the service description is called Web Service discovery. There are two ways of advertising the service: static and dynamic. In both of these, XML conveys the locations of web services.

Static discovery is easier to understand because it is explicit in nature. If you want to advertise your web service, you must explicitly create the .disco discovery file and point it to the WSDL.

As opposed to explicitly specifying the URL for all web services your site supports, you can enable dynamic discovery, which enables all web services underneath a specific URL on your web site to be listed automatically. For your web site, you might want to group related web services under many different directories and then provide a single dynamic discovery file in each of the directory.

Web Services and Security:
We incorporate security into web service in two ways: system security and application security. System -level security allows for restricting access to the web services from unauthorized clients. It is done in a declarative fashion, whereas application - level security is more flexible. With system-level security, you will most likely have the list of authorized clients' IP addresses that you will let access your web service through the use of some configuration - management tools. With application-level security, you will incorporate the authentication into your web service, thus providing a more flexible configuration.

In system – level security client send a user name and password to web server. This pair can be in plain text format or in some encrypted format. Once server authenticates the user it can access the services available to server.

In application – level security mode your web services involves taking security into your own hands. You can program your web services so that all of their methods require an access token, which can be obtained from the web service after sending in the client's username and password. The client credentials can be sent to the server through SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), which eliminates the risk of sending clear-text passwords across the wire. Through this SSL channel, the server returns an access token to the caller, who can use it to invoke all other web service methods.

Web Form Events
The first event that happens in the life of a Web Form is the Init event. This is raised so that we can have initialization code for the page. The controls on the page are not yet created at this point. This event is raised once for each user of the page.

The Load event follows the Init event. Subsequently, it is raised each time the page is requested. When this event is raised, all child controls of the Web Form are loaded and accessible. You should be able to retrieve data and populate the controls so that they can render themselves on the page when sent back to the client.

The PreRender event happens just before the page is rendered and sent back to the client. We don't often handle this event; however, it depends on the situation.

The last event in the life of a Web Form is the Unload event. This happens when the page is unloaded from memory. Final cleanup should be done here.

Lifecycle Of A Web Form:
In ASP .NET, the web page starts its life when a client requests a particular page. IIS parses and runs the scripts on the ASP page to render HTML content. As soon as the page rendering is complete, the page's life ceases; only the view states of the page persist between requests to the page. These view states allow the controls on the server to appear as if they are still present to handle server events.

Using Web Services:
In Visual Studio.NET IDE, you can choose Project >> Add Web Reference and then type in the URL where the web service resides. For example, we'll point to the web service we created on local server, than is PubsWS (suppose). The URL to this web service on our server is http://localhost/PubsWS/PubsWS.asmx. After adding the web reference, you can access the proxy object to the web service you are calling via the type servername.proxyObjectName. For your case, it is localhost.PubsWS.

The following code excerpt demonstrates how to use the web service through the proxy. We create an instance of the proxy object and then ask it to relay the message to the real web service to get the list of authors. The result will be streamed back in XML format, which is reconstructed into a DataSet object.

localhost.PubsWS ws = new localhost.PubsWS( ); DataSet ds = ws.GetAuthors( );

ASP.NET Session-State Management:
ASP.NET improves upon ASP session-state management by moving to an out-of-process model. By having all web servers in the farm pointing to a common server that hosts the out-of-process state manager, the web client can be redirected around the farm without losing the session states. By using an out-of-process model, we no longer have the problem of losing session states when the IIS process is cycled. This means that if the web server application crashed for whatever reason and restarted within the session time-out duration, the web clients could still have all their session states intact. Of course, if the out-of-process state manager crashed, that is a whole different issue. This leads to the next improvement of ASP.NET—the ability to persist session state to a database.

There are two levels of configuration: machine and application. Machine-level configuration associates with the machine.config file stored in WinNT\Microsoft.NET\ Framework\<version>\CONFIG\machine.config, while the application-level configuration uses the web.config file in the application root directory. The application-level configuration overrides the machine -level configuration.


CCWCOM Callable Wrapper
CLICommon Language Infrastructure. This is a subset of the CLR and base class libraries that Microsoft has submitted to ECMA so that a third-party vendor can build a .NET runtime on another platform.
CLRCommon Language Runtime
CLSCommon Language Specification
COFFCommon Object File Format
COMComponent Object Model
CTSCommon Type System
DISCODiscovery of Web Services. A Web Service has one or more. DISCO files that contain information on how to access its WSDL.
DNADistributed interNet Applications Architecture.
DOMDocument Object Model
GDIGraphical Device Interface
GACGlobal Assembly Cache
GUIDGlobally Unique Identifier
HTTPHyper Text Transfer Protocol
IDLInterface Definition Language
ILIntermediate Language
MSILMicrosoft Intermediate Language
MS-DTCMicrosoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator
OLTPOnline Transaction Processing
OLAPOnline Analytical Processing
PEPortable Executable
RADRapid Application Development
RCWRuntime Callable Wrapper
SMTPSimple Mail Transfer Protocol
SOAPSimple Object Access Protocol
TCPTransport Control Protocol
TLBType Library
UDFUniform Data Format
UIUser Interface
URLUniform Resource Locator
UDDIUniversal Description, Discovery and Integration
WAPWireless Access Protocol
WSDLWeb Services Definition Language
WMLWireless Markup Language
XMLExtensible Markup Language


As I have mention earlier that this is a series of articles, this is the first part and I have specified some of the initial concepts related to .NET. In following articles I will go through detailed description of all concepts as well as upations in this article too. As I am still working to prepare it.

Your suggestion and comments will be a great help in improving quality of my articles, please fell free to comment on the stuff.


1. 29 Nov 2005 : Initial Upload.
2. 28 Dec 2005 : Added detailed section on .NET Framework.

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Currently working as a Senior Developer and enjoying software development from more than 8 years on .NET.

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