Expression Web: Advanced

Expression Web: Advanced


Total Run Time: 6 hrs

Now that you have fine tuned your Expression Web skills with the first video series, Total Training for Microsoft Expression Web, you're ready to dive into advanced topics and discover how Expression Web is designed for ASP.NET development and how well it is integrated with Visual Studio.


  1. Discover how easy it is to use drag-and-drop ASP.Net controls.
  2. See how code-free data binding lets you connect to Access, SQL, and XML data sources.
  3. Get up to speed on how to display content from multiple database tables.
  4. Create login forms and password protected pages where users can edit content.
  5. Use validation features to ensure proper data entry on all your Web forms.
  6. Learn how to add XML to your site and automatically format XML with XSL.

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In this advanced Expression Web series, Internet expert Janine Warner shows you how to connect your Web site to a data source, create and edit ASP.NET master pages, and work with XML to create a dynamic Web site.

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Course Outline

Chapter 1: INTRODUCING ASP.NET (29 min)

  1. Understanding How to Work with ASP.NET
  2. Looking at the Master Page & Templates
  3. See Dynamic Pages Display Data from Databases
  4. The Limitations of Expression Web
  5. Looking at How Database-Driven Sites Work
  6. Setting Up an ASP.NET Development Server
  7. Downloading & Installing Microsoft SQL Serverâ„¢ Express
  8. Setting Up a Dynamic Site on a Web Hosting Service

  1. Importing Images into a New Web Site
  2. Creating a Master Page
  3. Setting Page Properties
  4. Creating a CSS Layout
  5. Adding DIVs to a CSS Layout
  6. Adding Images into a DIV
  7. Creating DIVs for the Main Page Area
  8. Creating a Style for an Unordered List
  9. Using the Clear DIV Trick
  10. Creating Styles for Text
  11. Saving Styles to an External Style Sheet
  12. Adding & Modifying Content Placeholders

  1. Connecting to a Database or File
  2. Understanding the App_Data Folder
  3. Formatting Content from a Data Source
  4. Formatting Content in a DataList
  5. Displaying Images in a Template
  6. Creating Pages with One Database Entry per Page
  7. Formatting Content with FormView
  8. Editing Data Bindings & Templates
  9. Editing a Footer Template
  10. Setting Links to ASP.NET Pages
  11. Making Photo Links

  1. Specifying Custom SQL Statements
  2. Adding a Connection String
  3. Using the GridView Control
  4. Combining & Editing Fields
  5. Adding Columns & Links in GridView
  6. Displaying Images in GridView
  7. Creating a Data Format String
  8. Structuring Individual Pages for Listings
  9. Formatting the Data Source
  10. Using the FormView Control
  11. Adding Links in GridView

  1. Creating the Front Page Design
  2. Create DataSource with Custom SQL Statement for Agents
  3. Create DataSource with Custom SQL Statement for Listings
  4. Testing & Refining Your Site
  5. Adding Links among Individual Pages
Chapter 6: WORKING WITH XML & XSL (33 min)

  1. Introducing XML
  2. Creating XML Files, Part 1
  3. Creating XML Files, Part 2
  4. Adding XML to an ASP.NET Page
  5. Processing XML at the Server or Browser
  6. Using the XML Data Control

  1. Making Changes to the web.config File
  2. Creating an ASP.NET Login Form
  3. Creating a New User Page
  4. Understanding the User-Created Database
  5. Using the LoginView Control
  6. Adding Links to be Viewed by Logged In Users
  7. Enabling Editing to the Listing Template
  8. Editing the EditItem Template
  9. Validating User Input Forms
  10. Setting Up Required Field Validations
  11. Testing the Field Validators
  12. Managing Error Messages
  13. Creating a Logout Message on the Master Page
Chapter 8: TIPS, TRICKS & RESOURCES (54 min)

  1. Altering the web.config File Connection String
  2. Change the Connection String when Uploading a Site
  3. Appreciating the Many Uses of the web.config File
  4. Using ASP.NET Navigation Features
  5. Using TreeView Navigation
  6. Using SiteMapPath Navigation
  7. Applying a SiteMapPath to the Master Page
  8. Limitations to Moving Files & Test Features
  9. Adding Alternate Text Using Data Binding
  10. Top 10 Things that Make Visual Studio Programmers Crazy
  11. Expression Web vs. Visual Studio
  12. Exploring Additional Online Resources
  13. Final Comments & Credits

Presenter Info

Janine WarnerSince 1995, Janine Warner has written more than a dozen books about technology and the Internet, including her latest Web Sites Do-It-Yourself For Dummies.

A recognized Internet expert known for making technology fun and accessible, she has been a featured guest on a variety of radio and television programs, and her articles have appeared in such diverse publications as the Miami Herald, Shape magazine, and the Point Reyes Light newspaper.

Janine is a popular speaker at conferences and events in the United States and her fluency in Spanish brings her regular invitations to Latin America and Spain. Janine has also been a part-time faculty member at the University of Southern California and at the University of Miami where she taught online journalism.

From 1998 to 2000, Janine worked full time for the Miami Herald as their Online Managing Editor and later as Director of New Media. She also served as Director of Latin American Operations for CNET Networks.

An award-winning former reporter, Janine earned a degree in Journalism and Spanish from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. To learn more, visit her Web sites at and