ASP.NET: The Complete Reference Paperback – Feb 21 2002
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From Library Journal
These two titles represent the spectrum in ASP.NET guides. Both will be useful in conjunction with guides on related languages such as Visual Basic .NET (see Computer Media, LJ 4/1/02) and C#. A Beginner's Guide lives up to its name; the first two chapters explain how to set up .NET and how ASP.NET fits into the entire framework before teaching general programming basics. That information sets the stage for the discussion of topics such as using Visual Basic .NET to program for ASP.NET, web services, and ADO.NET. Mastery checks at the end of each chapter make this a useful self-study resource for all public libraries. Intended for those with previous experience in ASP or Visual Basic, The Complete Reference spends little time on programming basics but is much more thorough than A Beginner's Guide. It will serve as a helpful reference for advanced developers. Appropriate for large public libraries and college libraries supporting programming curricula.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Back Cover
The Most Comprehensive ASP.NET Resource Available
Get up to speed on ASP.NET--a core Web development platform in the new Microsoft .NET Framework--with this definitive resource. You'll learn how the .NET Framework really works, master the Visual Studio .NET development environment, and learn best practices for developing powerful ASP.NET applications. Systematically covering both basic and more advanced topics, this comprehensive guide will help you take advantage of ASP.NET's pre-built functionality and show you how to program the event-driven form model, access XML Web services, work with relational databases, and much more. You'll also find helpful security information for safeguarding your site and providing subscription services. Thorough and organized, this one-stop reference will show you everything you need to expertly work with ASP.NET.
- Learn the fundamentals of the .NET Framework
- Explore the basics of object-oriented programming as well as Visual Basic .NET and C# syntax
- Interact with a Web page's user interface through its object layer
- Employ ASP.NET's built-in data-binding features and advanced data controls
- Design robust Web services and access them from multiple platforms
- Create your own reusable components and Web controls for ASP.NET applications
- Get at-a-glance reference information for every ASP.NET Web control and configuration setting
- Boost performance of any Web application through caching
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Top Customer Reviews
While all the examples are brief, the coverage (in terms of the diversity of problems that are handled) is very extensive. "The Complete Reference" is probably a misnomer, since the online .NET framework documentation is vast, and each topic can only be touched on rather than covered in depth, but this book does a superb job in giving you enough knowledge in being able to make sense of the online docs. The examples are the right degree of complexity, with just enough lines per examples to illustrate a point (such as overriding the Render() method when creating your own control).
The only minor glitch (which would make me give it 4 1/2 stars) is that the README info in the examples file (which you download from MacDonald's site) isn't quite accurate - you MUST create a folder called C:\ASP.NET and make this a virtual directory using Internet Services Manager- if you create any other directory, none of the Visual Studio projects that are part of the bundle will open and run correctly.
The other thing I liked about the book is that it left me wanting more. The style is very easy to read and I found myself spending hours trying the samples etc. If I got stuck I could move back to earlier sections to cover the basics.
This book actually deserves 4.5 stars but I'm limited in my selections. To get the full 5 stars I would have liked more details on data access and certain other areas. I also had to skip things far to basic like the few pages introducing SQL.
DON'T buy this book if you want a bible. There are plenty of those out there that cover every little detail about ASP.Net.
DO buy this book if you want a good introduction to ASP.Net. I'm writing a commercial web page and I don't know if I'll need to buy another book, this one could supply enough answers along with a little more research.
That said I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has been familiar with ASP and done some programming and want to learn ASP.Net completely, tharoughly.
He's an excellent author because as well as being highly technical he is also an EXCELLENT TEACHER and writer. He seems to intuitively know what you will have questions about and goes into explanations for them. He uses graphics and other learning aids (a lost art in many books it seems) and he explains things well. To me, he also teaches at the appropriate level. That is, he doesn't drop down and cover basics you should already know but he does cover things that experienced developers should have questions about.
Whenever I am needing to learn about a different aspect of .NET now I look to see if Macdonald has published a book (the guy is incredibly prolific!) and I buy his book.
Most recent customer reviews
I bought this book last week, thinking it was a new book because the date is in this year. But, as I started skimming through it, I think now it is really an old book, that has... Read morePublished on May 5 2004 by Jim Smith
This is "THE" ASP.net I was looking for. I have some other ASP.net books for helping learning/developing. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2004 by AstonishingSystems_Com
This is a good book to learn asp .net if you have background of Client/Server side programming from any other language such as PHP. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2003 by Mahmudul Khan
I haven't enjoyed much of this book compared to the many other books which have more substance and focus. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2003
Matthew MacDonald writes an excellent book. He knows how to write well and shows awareness for the reader. I have read several other books on this subject. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2003 by Walt
The author has done an excellent job in presenting the inner workings of ASP.NET. I used to buy only WROX for my technical book collection but after this, I now have an... Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2003 by Tanggoman
I own 4 other asp.net books, and I keep coming back to this one. It's my first osborne book, but they've won me over! Read morePublished on Dec 24 2002 by Keith Murry
Many of the code example in the book are simply missing on the website to download. And the book is confusing and doesn't explain much on the code it provide. Read morePublished on Dec 24 2002 by hongwei wu
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