8.2

You probably noticed the following line of code in listing 8.2:

string firstName = this.Request.Form["firstName"];

You may be wondering just exactly what this refers to in the context of an ASP.NET page. Our page is, in fact, an instance of the System.Web.UI.Page class, thus giving us an object-oriented model of an ASP.NET page in keeping with the rest of the .NET Framework.