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Whidbey's New Wizard Control Adds Navigational Power

As Web applications get more complex, the need for multi-page forms has increased as well. Unfortunately, handling multi-page form data and page navigation in a stateless Web application is particularly demanding. To simplify the process, Microsoft has added built-in multi-page form capability to ASP.NET in the Visual Studio "Whidbey" release. Find out how to give Wizard power to your Web applications.


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SP.NET v2.0 adds many new concepts and controls beyond those shipped in version 1.1. One of these is the Wizard control, which can simplify your life when you need to implement a "step by step" interface style to capture data. The Wizard provides built-in navigation capability that lets you make logical field groupings for each step in a single aspx page where the process would normally require multiple steps (and complicated logic or multiple pages). The Wizard control uses ViewState (.NET's built-in method for maintaining control values between requests) to handle the data each time the Wizard posts data back to the server, thus reducing your work. Further, you can use customizable templates to tailor the display for each step of the wizard. Capturing Customer Information
The sample Wizard application captures customer information details such as name, gender, address, and preferred notifications. Typically, the process would require a long input form or several pages. Figure 1 shows a database-table view of the fields the application should capture.



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