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I am looking to morph from a strong C# WinForms developer into a WebForms and ASP.NET website developer.  So I intend to study JavaScript, ASP.NET and other technologies as needed to realized this goal.  I have some time but will still work on it with urgency: hence this post.

I will get myself an ASP.NET ISP to host a website that will showcase my abilities with a variety of technologies, using ASP.NET.

Can someone suggest some really cool ideas on what kind of controls and features I should consider while doing this?  I want to roll this out in phases, with posting my resume as one of the first.  But I'd like to quickly thereafter come out with some new pages to demonstrate some other cool things.

What comes to mind?  I will learn what I need to as I work to deploy these features, so I will not be untruthful in the slightest.  I hope to land a job as a contract developer for a company or to interest people in hiring me to do some freelance website development work.

Your suggestions would be appreciated.  No idea is out of bounds!

I have not worked with Silverlight, but imagine that I would need to if I were to make a really cool showcase website for myself.

Thanks,
newbieweb
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Lets see, learning AJAX would definately boost your skillset, (Javascript and ASP). Along with ajax, will have to learn either JSON, XML, or both. JSON is pretty simple, but can get complex, although there are many classes, tutorials, documentation, example code, etc out there for json. XML is the biggie for development. It is used for a wide variety of languages, api, etc. Do you already know SQL? MSSQL and/or MySQL? Definately goes hand in hand with web development.

Website ideas. Code view/syntax highlighter. Online resume of course. I suppose a good way to showcase your skillset would be to use any new/upcoming technology in your website. I have yet to bother with silverlight yet, but I tend to stay away from microsoft development (which im now starting to get into). Although, I do see potential in silverlight.

These are just my opinions. Your C# background should definately be a plus in ASP development. ASP is pretty simple, its the language you use behind ASP that gets in depth. Such as VB or C#. Oh, and don't forget to learn the basics (HTML/XHTML/CSS). :-)

Hope this helps.
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What is a Code view/syntax highlighter?
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A code viewer/syntax highlighter for posting source code. Like the one below.
Like this one.

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