Five Free Graphics Tools

Written by Dianne Reuby

Graphics often need a bit of a tweak before you add them to your pages. Cropping, makingrepparttar background transparent, resizing, or just finding that picture that you **know** you've got somewhere on your hard drive! Irfan View can carry out all these tasks, and includes a great browser which loads atrepparttar 131949 click of a key, and displays thumbnails for you to choose from. It will also do screen captures. Available from many freeware sites (see below), you can also download from

GIF files can be "optimized" - have allrepparttar 131950 unnecessary information cut out of them. This makes them quicker to load on a web site, without affecting their quality. GifClean32 from will do this, and is very easy to use. JpgCleaner from doesrepparttar 131951 same for JPG files.

NOTE: Some clipart creators ask you not to use these tools on their graphics, asrepparttar 131952 programs can removerepparttar 131953 copyright info fromrepparttar 131954 file. So check first!

Do you want an icon for your web site? Having a "favicon" which displays in Internet Explorer address bar and favorites list can make your site stand out. GoldIcon will let you create 32x32 BMP icons. Get it from To find out more about favicons and how to use them, go to

What is ASP.NET?

Written by Mitchell Harper

ASP.NET is not justrepparttar next version of ASP; it isrepparttar 131946 next era of web development. ASP.NET allows you to use a full featured programming language such as C# (pronounced C-Sharp) or VB.NET to build web applications easily.

-------------------------- ASP.NET still renders HTML -------------------------- Unfortunately,repparttar 131947 Internet still has bandwidth limitations and not every person is runningrepparttar 131948 same web browser.

These issues make it necessary to stick with HTML as our mark-up language of choice. This means that web pages won't look quite as amazing as a fully fledged application running under Windows, but with a bit of skill and creative flair, you can make some rather amazing web applications with ASP.NET.

ASP.NET processes all code onrepparttar 131949 server (in a similar way to a normal application). Whenrepparttar 131950 ASP.NET code has been processed,repparttar 131951 server returns repparttar 131952 resultant HTML torepparttar 131953 client. Ifrepparttar 131954 client supports JavaScript, then repparttar 131955 server will use it to makerepparttar 131956 clients browser experience quicker and easier. Even with HTML beingrepparttar 131957 limiting factor here, ASP.NET still manages to bring true OOP (Object Oriented Programming) torepparttar 131958 Internet.

-------------------------- OOP onrepparttar 131959 Internet -------------------------- Object Oriented Programming makes it possible to build extremely large applications, while still keeping your code clean and structured. Now with ASP.NET, we can dorepparttar 131960 same onrepparttar 131961 web. Traditional ASP uses HTML and VBScript (or Jscript) to process and render pages, but because VBScript is a scripting language, you were forced to write spaghetti code (VBScript was entwined inrepparttar 131962 HTML and ended up rather messy in larger applications).

ASP.NET separates code from display, and you can even have pages with no ASP.NET code in them at all. By adding references in your HTML (called controls), you can tell ASP.NET that you want a button here, some text there, and then in your code, you can manipulate what these controls look like, what they display, how big they are, etc.

Controls can do more than just display information. You can add events to controls, so that when a visitor clicks on a button, for example, ASP.NET executes a function of your choice.

-------------------------- Web Services -------------------------- One great feature of ASP.NET are Web Services. Web services mean that you can literally have several pieces of your application on different servers all aroundrepparttar 131963 world, andrepparttar 131964 entire application will work perfectly and seamlessly. Web services can even work with normal .NET Windows applications.

For example: A lot of people would like to have a stock ticker on their web site, but not many people want to manually type in all changes torepparttar 131965 prices. If one company (a stock broker) creates a web service and updates repparttar 131966 stock prices periodically, then all of those people wantingrepparttar 131967 prices can use this web service to log in, run a function which grabsrepparttar 131968 current price for a chosen company, and return it. Web services can be used for so many things: news, currency exchange, login verification..repparttar 131969 ways in which they can be used are limited to your imagination!

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