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ASP.NET Secrets, Part 3

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Steal Fantastic Forum Code from Microsoft and Save Yourself Hours!

I've always found bulletin boards to be the easiest method of generating visitor loyalty at a site. The trouble is, the very best ones always take an absolute age to build. But who mentioned doing it yourself?

Back in July 2001, ASP author Scott Mitchell decided to create his own bulletin board as a pet .NET project. Within months, Microsoft had stepped onto the scene as adopted it as their very own online ASP.NET forum—which you can find online at www.asp.net.

Well, after months of new features and major tweaking, our favorite software giant has quietly unveiled the full source code for download at www.asp.net/Forums/Download—and for free, too!

At the time of this writing, the code release was still in well-developed beta mode; however, there are big plans to release the absolute final version over the coming months.

It's only a quick tip, but it could save you hours!

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Caption: Have all this forum functionality, in seconds!

Coming Up in Part Four of ASP.NET Secrets:

  • Create Super Fast ASP.NET Applications, with Caching
  • Hiding Error Code from Your Clients
  • Forget 404: Customizing Your Page Not Found
  • Ten Steps to Successful Debugging

See you next time!

About the Author

Karl Moore is a technology author living in Yorkshire, England. He runs his own consultancy group, White Cliff Computing Ltd, and is author of two best-selling books exposing the secrets behind Visual Basic .NET. When he's not writing for magazines, speaking at conferences, or making embarrassing mistakes on live radio, Karl enjoys a complete lack of a social life. Check out Karl's newest book, Ultimate VB .NET and ASP.NET Code Book.

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This article was originally published on March 26, 2003

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