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  • Paperback: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (Aug. 10 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764572865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764572869
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,204,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

The changes in ASP.NET 2.0 are numerous, far-reaching, and exciting.

If you’ve been working with previous versions of ASP.NET, this book will give you a head start in understanding and applying ASP.NET 2.0. You’ll find code for the examples in both VB.NET and C#, so you are prepared to use either language.

ASP.NET 2.0 enables you to build powerful, secure, dynamic applications with up to seventy percent less code, according to Microsoft®. Step by step, this book will show you how ASP.NET 2.0 differs from its predecessor, what you need to do to make the transition, and how to use these extensive changes to enhance your development.

What you will learn from this book

  • How to use Visual Studio 2005, the new IDE
  • Fundamental changes to the ASP.NET page framework, including the code-behind model, new compilation features, cross-page posting, and RESX files for creating international applications
  • New procedures for handling and controlling data
  • How to use master pages to perform visual inheritance within ASP.NET applications
  • Options made available by the portal frameworks that are part of ASP.NET 2.0

Who this book is for

This book is for developers who have already been exposed to previous ASP.NET versions. It guides you through the available ASP.NET 2.0 public beta using examples in both VB.NET and C#.

About the Author

Bill Evjen is an active proponent of .NET technologies and community-based learning initiatives for .NET. He has been actively involved with .NET since the first bits were released in 2000. In the same year, Bill founded the St. Louis .NET User Group (, one of the world’s first .NET user groups. Bill is also the founder and executive director of the International .NET Association (, which represents more than 200,000 members worldwide.
Based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Bill is an acclaimed author and speaker on ASP.NET and XMLWeb services. He has written or coauthored Professional C#, 3rd Edition and Professional VB.NET, 3rd Edition (Wrox), XMLWeb Services for ASP.NET, Web Services Enhancements: Understanding the WSE for Enterprise Applications, Visual Basic .NET Bible, and ASP.NET Professional Secrets (all published by Wiley). In addition to writing, Bill is a speaker at numerous conferences including DevConnections, VSLive, and TechEd.
Bill is a Technical Director for Reuters, the international news and financial services company, and he travels the world speaking to major financial institutions about the future of the IT industry. He graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, with a Russian language degree. When he isn’t tinkering on the computer, he can usually be found at his summer house in Toivakka, Finland. You can reach Bill at He presently keeps his weblog at

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding overview of V2 for experienced ASP.NET devs Aug. 6 2004
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Format: Paperback
Bill Evjen, one of the most prolific writers on all things ASP.NET, presents his latest technical literary offering with his overview of the Beta 1 release of ASP.NET 2.0. I've been playing with ASP.NET 2.0 since the early alpha bits, and I got a lot of out of this title.

Admittedly not a primer for the .NET neophyte, Bill dives right into the major changes in the architectural, infrastructure and syntactical concerns facing next-gen web developers. The book is a quick read, containing 16 succinct but not light chapters on the major areas of building and administering ASP.NET web applications. Although the book takes a slight slant towards Visual Basic .NET, nearly all the code samples are presented in both VB .NET and C#.

The book's high points, in my humble opinion, are evident in the "Membership and Role Management", "Personalization", "Additional New Controls" and "Changes to 1.0 Controls" chapters, being an outstanding breakdown of V2's improvements and new features for those respective topics.

Also to be appreciated is a great compendium featuring the new languages shipping with both VB .NET 8.0 and C# 2.0, including new enhancements to both languages like generics, partial classes and anonymous methods. He also breaks down new language-specific improvements, such as VB .NET's new keywords and C# iterators.

In criticism, I would have liked to see a discussion of authoring the revamped custom control development model, which the book didn't cover. But in Bill's defense, that respective programming convention isn't quite finished yet. The only other thing lacking would be more descriptive ASP.NET 2.0 APIs, which is usually a hallmark of Wrox-produced texts (the only area to get such treatment in this title is the WebParts/Portal Framework APIs). But then again, moving towards more declarative programming is one of V2's goals, so this may be intentional.

With the exception of Bill looking a bit harried on the cover, it's a masterful work: well-rooted in the ASP.NET fundamentals while accommodating advanced topics, accompanied by relevant, code-heavy examples, all written in Bill's very appreciated friendly voice, with the right timely intermingling of humor.

Bravo and cheers, Bill! Great work!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
For VB users & beginners only Jan. 26 2005
By D. Riggins - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was unimpressed by this book. MSDN documentation was 10x better, they failed to include any reference to Remote Scripting or Callback methods, they didn't add in any reference of how to use client side script handlers or a number of features you would expect that are included in 2.0. If you want an update to all the past controls that you already know then this is great, if you want to delve deeply into the advanced new features of ASP.NET 2.0 then I don't recommend this. The author also is obviously a VB developer but pads the book by using a generic converter for most of his code, quite a poor display in my opinion.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Beta, Remember Beta, Not Yet a Bible. Nov. 22 2004
By John Matlock - Published on
Format: Paperback
Note that this is a book based on the Beta release of the software. Usually, emphasize usually, Microsoft Beta software is actually pretty far along and most of the changes from Beta to production are really just bug fixes and not changes in the look, feel, and functionality of the product. But this is not to guarantee that changes won't be included in the final release.

The biggest change I can see in ASP.NET 2.0 is on their approach to eliminate much of the intense coding that ASP.NET required. ASP.NET was quite verbose - doing a program was rather like writing War and Peace, and you had better be exactly right in your spelling, grammer, and punctuation. The goal was to reduce the amount of code needed by two thirds. And it appears that they've accomplished this.

The next major point seems to be that ASP.NET is integrated more closely with the rest of .NET. You use Visual Studio 2005 to build any type of .NET component, including ASP.NET. When microsoft says Integrated Development Environment, they mean it. All of their applications are tied together, some loosely, some more tightly, and the indications are that in the future they will be much more tightly.

All in all, this book is just what it says, a Beta Preview. It presumes some understanding of version 1, and tells you what's happening in version 2. It is amazing to see the amount of access and availability to resources within Microsoft that Mr. Evjen had to produce this book
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Nice book May 7 2005
By ZubairDotNet - Published on
Format: Paperback
The book has 15 chapters and they are wisely categorized, starting from an introduction to ASP.NET 2.0 and why was it needed with some of its new features at a glance, it also discusses Visual Studio 2005 IDE enhancements and the new server controls like Grid View and Details View controls for effective display of information. It also has a chapter dedicated to Personalization and Membership and Role Management which is an awesome new feature.

It also discusses Web Parts and Portal Framework and some of the language enhancements in VB 8.0 and C# 2.0. The book also features SQL cache invalidation and its benefits, lastly it gives us an insight into the additional new controls shipped with ASP.NET 2.0 like Mutliview & View Server controls and Wizard Server control.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone seriously thinking to know more about ASP.NET 2.0 but note that this book was written for Beta 1 of ASP.NET, therefore there are some changes in the Beta 2 for example <a href="[...]" target="_blank"><strong>Directory Naming Changes</strong></a> and <a href="[...]" target="_blank"><strong>Compilation Model Changes</strong></a>, visit <a href="[...]" target="_blank"><strong>Updated Changes for Beta 2</strong></a> and <strong><a href="[...]" target="_blank">Features postponed for ASP.NET 2.0 Beta 2</a></strong> for more information.

Happy reading!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive, terse, guide to 2.0 Nov. 17 2004
By Jack D. Herrington - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a very well written guide to the new features in ASP.NET 2.0. The new controls are covered in depth, as are portals and personalization. Themes and skins are given their own chapter. The book is code and screenshot heavy. Exposition is kept to the bare minimum and sometimes less. The material is also terse and advanced enough to only be suitable for those who are familiar with ASP.NET 1.0.