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Asp.NET Job Interview Questions (Part 3)

  1. Describe the role of inetinfo.exe, aspnet_isapi.dll andaspnet_wp.exe in the page loading process.

    inetinfo.exe is theMicrosoft IIS server running, handling ASP.NET requests among other things.When an ASP.NET request is received (usually a file with .aspx extension), the ISAPI filter aspnet_isapi.dll takes care of it by passing the request tothe actual worker process aspnet_wp.exe.

  2. Can you explain the difference between an ADO.NET Dataset and an ADO Recordset?

    Valid answers are:

    • A DataSet can represent an entire relational database in memory, complete with tables, relations, and views.
    • A DataSet is designed to work without any continuing connection to the original data source.
    • Data in a DataSet is bulk-loaded, rather than being loaded on demand.
    • There's no concept of cursor types in a DataSet.
    • DataSets have no current record pointer You can use For Each loops to move through the data.
    • You can store many edits in a DataSet, and write them to the original data source in a single operation.
    • Though the DataSet is universal, other objects in ADO.NET come in different versions for different data sources.
  3. What’s a bubbled event?

    When you have a complex control, like DataGrid, writing an event processing routine for each object (cell, button, row, etc.) is quite tedious. The controls can bubble up their eventhandlers, allowing the main DataGrid event handler to take care of its constituents.

  4. What data types do the RangeValidator control support?

    Integer, String, and Date.

  5. Explain what a diffgram is, and a good use for one?

    The DiffGram is one of the two XML formats that you can use to render DataSet object contents to XML. A good use is reading database data to an XML file to be sent to a Web Service.

  6. What is the transport protocol you use to call a Web service?

    SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) is the preferred protocol.

  7. What is ViewState?

    ViewState allows the state of objects (serializable) to be stored in a hidden field on the page. ViewState is transported to the client and back to the server, and is not stored on the server or any other external source. ViewState is used the retain the state of server-side objects between postabacks.

  8. What does the "EnableViewState" property do? Why would I want it on or off?

    It allows the page to save the users input on a form across postbacks. It saves the server-side values for a given control into ViewState, which is stored as a hidden value on the page before sending the page to the clients browser. When the page is posted back to the server the server control is recreated with the state stored in viewstate.

  9. What are the different types of Session state management options available with ASP.NET?

    ASP.NET provides In-Process and Out-of-Process state management. In-Process stores the session in memory on the web server. This requires the a "sticky-server" (or no load-balancing) so that the user is always reconnected to the same web server. Out-of-Process Session state management stores data in an external data source. The external data source may be either a SQL Server or a State Server service. Out-of-Process state management requires that all objects stored in session are serializable.

  10. Differences Between XML and HTML?

    Anyone with a fundamental grasp of XML should be able describe some of the main differences outlined in the table below



    User definable tags Defined set of tags designed for web display
    Content driven Format driven
    End tags required for well formed documents End tags not required
    Quotes required around attributes values Quotes not required
    Slash required in empty tags Slash not required

  11. Give a few examples of types of applications that can benefit from using XML.

    There are literally thousands of applications that can benefit from XML technologies. The point of this question is not to have the candidate rattle off a laundry list of projects that they have worked on, but, rather, to allow the candidate to explain the rationale for choosing XML by citing a few real world examples. For instance, one appropriate answer is that XML allows content management systems to store documents independently of their format, which thereby reduces data redundancy. Another answer relates to B2B exchanges or supply chain management systems. In these instances, XML provides a mechanism for multiple companies to exchange data according to an agreed upon set of rules. A third common response involves wireless applications that require WML to render data on hand held devices.

  12. What is DOM and how does it relate to XML?

    The Document Object Model (DOM) is an interface specification maintained by the W3C DOM Workgroup that defines an application independent mechanism to access, parse, or update XML data. In simple terms it is a hierarchical model that allows developers to manipulate XML documents easily Any developer that has worked extensively with XML should be able to discuss the concept and use of DOM objects freely. Additionally, it is not unreasonable to expect advanced candidates to thoroughly understand its internal workings and be able to explain how DOM differs from an event-based interface like SAX.

  13. What is SOAP and how does it relate to XML?

    The Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) uses XML to define a protocol for the exchange of information in distributed computing environments. SOAP consists of three components: an envelope, a set of encoding rules, and a convention for representing remote procedure calls. Unless experience with SOAP is a direct requirement for the open position, knowing the specifics of the protocol, or how it can be used in conjunction with HTTP, is not as important as identifying it as a natural application of XML.

  14. Can you walk us through the steps necessary to parse XML documents?

    Superficially, this is a fairly basic question. However, the point is not to determine whether candidates understand the concept of a parser but rather have them walk through the process of parsing XML documents step-by-step. Determining whether a non-validating or validating parser is needed, choosing the appropriate parser, and handling errors are all important aspects to this process that should be included in the candidate's response.

  15. What are possible implementations of distributed applications in .NET?

    .NET Remoting and ASP.NET Web Services. If we talk about the Framework Class Library, noteworthy classes are in System.Runtime.Remoting and System.Web.Services.

  16. What are the consideration in deciding to use .NET Remoting or ASP.NET Web Services?

    Remoting is a more efficient communication exchange when you can control both ends of the application involved in the communication process. Web Services provide an open-protocol-based exchange of informaion. Web Services are best when you need to communicate with an external organization or another (non-.NET) technology.

  17. What’s a proxy of the server object in .NET Remoting?

    It’s a fake copy of the server object that resides on the client side and behaves as if it was the server. It handles the communication between real server object and the client object. This process is also known as marshaling.

  18. What are remotable objects in .NET Remoting?

    Remotable objects are the objects that can be marshaled across the application domains. You can marshal by value, where a deep copy of the object is created and then passed to the receiver. You can also marshal by reference, where just a reference to an existing object is passed.

  19. What are channels in .NET Remoting?

    Channels represent the objects that transfer the other serialized objects from one application domain to another and from one computer to another, as well as one process to another on the same box. A channel must exist before an object can be transferred.

  20. What security measures exist for .NET Remoting in System.Runtime.Remoting?

    None. Security should be taken care of at the application level. Cryptography and other security techniques can be applied at application or server level.

  21. What is a formatter?

    A formatter is an object that is responsible for encoding and serializing data into messages on one end, and deserializing and decoding messages into data on the other end.

  22. Choosing between HTTP and TCP for protocols and Binary and SOAP for formatters, what are the trade-offs?

    Binary over TCP is the most effiecient, SOAP over HTTP is the most interoperable.

  23. What’s SingleCall activation mode used for?

    If the server object is instantiated for responding to just one single request, the request should be made in SingleCall mode.

  24. What’s Singleton activation mode?

    A single object is instantiated regardless of the number of clients accessing it. Lifetime of this object is determined by lifetime lease.

  25. How do you define the lease of the object?

    By implementing ILease interface when writing the class code.

  26. Can you configure a .NET Remoting object via XML file?

    Yes, via machine.config and application level .config file (or web.config in ASP.NET). Application-level XML settings take precedence over machine.config.

  27. How can you automatically generate interface for the remotable object in .NET with Microsoft tools?

    Use the Soapsuds tool.



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