Using Skins and Themes in ASP.NET 2.0
by Kevin Koch

The advent of the .NET framework version 2.0 has brought along several radical changes in all aspects of development from desktop to web applications. Making the switch from ASP.NET 1.x to 2.0 is quite the undertaking as many of the core methodologies used in 1.x are no longer available in 2.0.

Along with change comes improvement, and in many ways ASP.NET 2.0 has changed for the better. ASP.NET 2.0 has changed the way web applications are developed much the same as ASP.NET 1.0 changed classic ASP, they are similar but in many ways they are worlds apart.

In this tutorial we will look at one of the new features available in ASP.NET 2.0 called “Themes”. Themes or skins allow a developer or GUI designer to create multiple interface appearances for the same application through the use of CSS stylesheets and .skin files. Skin files are a new type of file available in ASP.NET 2.0.

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Kevin Koch

Kevin KochKevin Koch is a senior software engineer with over 8 years experience designing and architecting primarily web based applications. Fresh out of college during the nineties he co-founded Task Solutions and developed several projects with the then popular classic ASP.

During the Dot Com boom Kevin left his position as president and joined a new venture to build an enterprise insurance claim system build upon J2EE technology. After the Dot Com crash Kevin schooled himself to become an expert with .NET technology and is currently freelancing his ASP.NET skills to build enterprise n-tier frameworks using advanced OO methodologies.

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