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Chapter 29. Security and User Authentica... > Securing the Dorknozzle Site Using A...

Securing the Dorknozzle Site Using ASP.NET

As with the ASP, ColdFusion, and PHP server models, you can take advantage of user authentication using ASP.NET. The downside however, is that Dreamweaver doesn't ship with a suite of User Authentication server behaviors as is the case with the other server models. But before you completely skip over this section in frustration, know that user authentication in ASP.NET is not only robust, but easy to implement. Even better, the .NET Framework facilitates many user authentication tasks that the developer would have to add anyway—features such as restricting access to pages before the user has logged in and more are automatically added and handled by the .NET Framework. With that said, I'll use the rest of this chapter to walk you through configuring user authentication for the Dorknozzle site by hand.

In the first half of this chapter, we looked at working with user authentication using ASP, ColdFusion, or PHP. Recall that we set up a form, added form objects including a Submit button, and then included a server behavior to facilitate the logging in of the user. This model is also known as forms authentication. Of course, in ASP.NET, you also have the benefit of working with forms authentication. However, forms authentication isn't the only model available when working with ASP.NET. In general, three models exist, including:


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