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ASP.NET: The Complete Reference [Paperback]

Matthew MacDonald
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Feb. 21 2002 0072195134 978-0072195132 1
Get the comprehensive low-down on all seven built-in .NET Framework namespaces--plus plenty of other useful information for developers, including relevant topics like security, Web services, database development, application deployment, and more.

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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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Concise, yet in-depth Aug. 18 2003
The single most useful book I've read on ASP.NET. I was extremely impressed with the meat-to-gravy ratio ( a welcome change from some of the recent WROX books, which unfortunately seem designed to destroy the maximum number of trees and are endlessly repetitious, with the same code sometimes being repeated in VB, then in C#, and occasionally in JScript.NET).
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good introduction to ASP .Net March 27 2002
I am a VB programmer moving to ASP.Net and this book was perfect for me. It covers everything from the basics up including making very definite suggestions on the best way to achieve the results you want. This includes things like the philosophy of database access on the net as opposed to client/server. I much prefer this to books that cover the langauge but don't offer real solutions. The author is brave enough to distinguish good solutions from bad. He also skips rubbish solutions that you'd never use.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real ASP.Net Book..! March 20 2002
ASP.Net is so different from ASP. I know that, having done Classic ASP for about 4 years now and ASP.Net from Beta1 onwards. And still this book changed the way I think of / do ASP.Net programming. The book can as well be titled "Object Oriented Approach to ASP.Net Programming". The author sticks strictly to best coding practices (than some easier way to code), goes thro most of the classes we will be using in ASP.Net and a lot more. He will go advanced but knows where to stop - telling you it's enouugh for ASP.Net (which I agree - I don't expect an ASP book to teach me .Net OOP tharoughly. I would rather turn to "OOP with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# Step by Step" by Robin A. Reynolds-Haertle or the forthcoming "Visual Basic .Net Object and Component Handbook" by Peter Vogel ). The author explains you as if he is working with you in a senior position and has a relentless style to drag you thro all of the features in-depth and their benefits that someone new to .Net programming may be scared. VB.Net is used in sample codes (he explains every new concept with code) but initially he gives a real good comparison of C# and VB.Net including how to do the same thing in both languages (And again if I want to learn C#, I don't want to learn from some ASP.Net book - I'd rather learn from "Microsoft Visual C# .NET Step by Step" by John Sharp, Jon Jagger or "Programming C#, 2nd Edition (O'Reilly Windows)" by Jesse Liberty or "Programming Windows(r) with C# (Core Reference)" by Charles Petzold )
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - excellent author May 20 2003
While reading reviews on another ASP.NET book I saw a recommendation for this book. I'm glad I did as this is an excellent book and Macdonald has become one of my favorite .NET authors. I've since purchased 2 other of his .NET books.
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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware: older than it looks
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 more
Published on May 5 2004 by Jim Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars The bible -- You just can not afford not to have it.
This is "THE" I was looking for. I have some other books for helping learning/developing. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2004 by Brick Pavers Installer Florida
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for newbie. Great if u have some ideas already!
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 more
Published on Nov. 16 2003 by Mahmudul Khan
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair at Best
I haven't enjoyed much of this book compared to the many other books which have more substance and focus. Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for learning ASP.Net
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 more
Published on Sept. 25 2003 by Walt
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
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 more
Published on Jan. 16 2003 by Tanggoman
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
I own 4 other books, and I keep coming back to this one. It's my first osborne book, but they've won me over! Read more
Published on Dec 24 2002 by Keith Murry
3.0 out of 5 stars incomplete book, missing code
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 more
Published on Dec 24 2002 by hongwei wu
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most helpful books I've read
You know when you're loking thru the myriad of books trying to decide which one is going to be your 'right hand' and not just a replication of the on-line help? Read more
Published on May 7 2002 by Channel4
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