While there are many books that look at .NET, this one starts from the basics and covers topics that are part of the landscape of Web development. For example, this text opens with a discussion of static versus dynamic Web pages, and a survey of earlier Web scripting languages, before turning to ASP.NET itself. Throughout this text there are patient explanations of basic Web and programming standards, like HTML forms, XML, and SQL, that underpin Web development today, whether in ASP.NET or not.
When it comes to ASP.NET, there's an admirably approachable tour of the VB .NET language itself, beginning with basic features and moving on to its more object-oriented features. The emphasis is on tapping the powers of ASP.NET rather than reinventing the proverbial wheel, when it comes to classes. Coverage of new conventions, like the new ASP.NET event-driven programming model, get ample attention. Throughout this text, the authors keep .NET internals (which can often sound esoteric to newcomers) to a healthy minimum.
Other essential APIs like ADO.NET for database programming show how to connect to databases and bind data to controls. Solid coverage of the new support for debugging and tracing in ASP.NET will show you how to get more productive. Several chapters look at how to build re-usable components, whether custom components or code-behind forms. A digestible tour of the basics of the much-touted Web services rounds out this book, which sets a high standard for approachability.
The new .NET can be daunting, but the tutorial in Beginning ASP.NET 1.0 with Visual Basic .NET can put basic Web development on the new Microsoft platform within reach for most any reader, whether you have previous VB experience or not. --Richard Dragan --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This is one of two editions of Beginning ASP.NET 1.0. This version presents all code examples in Visual Basic .NET. The C# version of the same title (Beginning ASP.NET using C#, ISBN: 1-861007-34-5) will be available from June 2002 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The book is well outdated (as of mid-2004).
I'm just finishing the Begining ASP.NET with VB.NET 2003. Read more
I have been a fan of wrox books in the past, but this is not one if their better ones. The writing was poor overall, and there were times where I read the infomration three times... Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2003
Many wrox books are great, but this one was a disappointment. As an "classic ASP" developer I found the examples unhelpful and impractical, the information spread out,... Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2003 by Stephen E. Kennedy
I wanted to create a simple web application with this book that would allow for authenticated users to add content and allow non-authenticated users to simply view content. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2002 by Charles Profitt
I am a developer and teach sometimes as well. The book on ASP 2 was great. Easy to read and the students could understand it. This new book on ASP.NET is nothing like the old one. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2002 by Arthur B
I have heard that ASP.NET is completely different from ASP, so I decided to go ahead and purchase this book despite the fact that I have been programming ASP for a long time. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2002