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Beginning ASP.NET 1.1 with VB.NET 2003 [Paperback]

Chris Ullman , John Kauffman , Chris Hart , David Sussman
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Book Description

Jan. 6 2004 Beginning
What is this book about?

This book teaches you how to build custom ASP.NET Web sites from the ground up. An expert team of authors uses their extensive ASP.NET programming experience to give you hands-on instruction in the best way to create Web sites with ASP.NET. This completely updated edition features new examples, and all code is written and tested for ASP.NET version 1.1.

What does this book cover?

Here's what you will learn in this book:

  • How to install and configure ASP.NET
  • Basic programming principles for Visual Basic. NET, such as variables, controls structures, and procedural programming
  • Techniques for applying these principles as you develop ASP.NET pages
  • The minimum amount of object-oriented programming necessary to work successfully and efficiently with ASP.NET
  • Key differences between ASP.NET 1.0 and 1.1, how to use the examples in this book with either version, and how to move from 1.0 to 1.1
  • Build ASP.NET sites faster using Microsoft's new, free WebMatrix tool
  • Techniques for extending your ASP.NET sites to incorporate related tools and technologies, such as using ADO.NET for data source access
  • Web Services for inter-Web site communication, and Server Controls for facilitating code maintenance and reuse
  • How you can make your ASP.NET site production-ready through proper debugging, optimization, and security

Who is this book for?

This book is for beginners who have no previous experience of ASP, VB, XML, object-oriented programming, or the .NET framework. A little knowledge of HTML is useful, but not essential. All the concepts you need to create dynamic ASP.NET Web sites are presented and explained in full.


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This book teaches you how to build custom ASP.NET Web sites from the ground up. An expert team of authors uses its extensive ASP.NET programming experience to give you hands-on instruction in the best way to create Web sites with ASP.NET. This completely updated edition features new examples, and all code is written and tested for ASP.NET version 1.1.

What you will learn from this book

  • Fast ASP.NET site construction using Microsoft’s new, free Web Matrix tool
  • How to install and configure ASP.NET
  • Basic programming principles for Visual Basic® .NET, such as variables, control structures, and procedural programming
  • Techniques for applying these principles as you develop ASP.NET pages
  • The minimum amount of object-oriented programming necessary to work successfully and efficiently with ASP.NET
  • Key differences between ASP.NET 1.0 and 1.1, how to use the examples in this book with either version, and how to move from 1.0 to 1.1
  • Techniques for extending your ASP.NET sites to incorporate related tools and technologies, such as using ADO.NET for data source access, Web Services for inter-site communication, and Server Controls for facilitating code maintenance and reuse
  • How you can make your ASP.NET site production-ready through proper debugging, optimization, and security

Who this book is for

This book is for beginners who have no previous experience in ASP, VB, XML, object-oriented programming, or the .NET framework. A little knowledge of HTML is useful, but not essential. All the concepts you need to create dynamic ASP.NET Web sites are presented and explained in full.

About the Author

Chris Ullman (Birmingham, UK) is a former Computer Science graduate who cut his teeth on UNIX/Linux administration and DBA work before moving to Wrox Press in the mid 1990s. He started as a technical editor working on SQL, UNIX, Access and Foxpro titles before moving into authoring and web development. He was with ASP from the Denali betas, and specced, lead authored and even tech reviewed on the best selling ASP book of all time, Beginning ASP 3.0. He also contributed on over 20 other books covering technologies from PHP, ASP.NET, C#, VB.NET, JavaScript, VBScript, ColdFusion, HTML, XML to Curl titles.

John Kauffman (Ogdensburg NY) is a trainer and writer working in Asia and North America specializing in connecting databases to the web. While teaching he keeps a list of student questions and mistakes and uses that information as the basis for future material in books.

Chris Hart (Birmingham, UK) is an application developer working on .NET Compact Framework / SQL CE for a UK parcel carrier company. She spent most of t he last four years in   the technical editorial team at Wrox Press, and has been programming on a variety of systems since the age of 10. She spends most of her time working with Microsoft technologies, and has been heavily involved with .NET since it was first released as an early alpha preview.

Dave Sussman (Banbury UK) spent the first 10 years of his professional life as a developer, and he's now spent almost as much time as a full time writer. He's written over 25 books for Wrox Press, covering topics such as Access VBA, Visual Basic, ASP and .NET.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Complain Complain Complain June 22 2004
Format:Paperback
I almost didn't buy this book, because the reviews I had read of it here on Amazon were absolutely hideous. But, the price was right and it covers the subject(s) I need to know, and I had been satisfied with Wiley books before (see "Big Java"). Anyway, I'm on Chapter 5, and I would just like to state that, yes, there are mistakes, typos, you name it. Do they degrade the book's quality? Not in the slighest. This is already one of the best computer book purchases I have ever made. The only complaint I have about it is that it's a little dry--yes I know it's a Computer Science book, but still. But as far as the editing goes, it's not that bad. It's fairly easy to understand what they're saying, and in the few places there's a line that doesn't belong there, you can check on it, cross it out, move on with your life. This book is great, and despite what I have also read here, knows its target audience well--and its audience is old-school static HTML developers. The examples are great, the explinations thorough (sometimes too thorough). This is a great, inexpensive book for someone looking to learn both ASP.NET and VB.NET at the same time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars 1.0 Book is better for newbies March 17 2004
Format:Paperback
This book and its predecessor that covers version 1.0 are my first foray into learning Asp.net. I began studying using the older, 1.0 version and planned to switch over to the new book when it arrived. Now I am finding that the new book is *much* more confusing and less educational about the basics of asp.net, as so many of the exercises use the Web Matrix editor. The new book is teaching the student how to use Web Matrix at the same time it is teaching how to use asp.net. I for one find the simultaneous attempt to be confusing. I also have a friend who has been teaching a university class with the 1.0 book and I have told him to start early on updating his class materials for the 1.1 book. This 'revision' is more aptly called a rewrite, with some material being omitted, and portions of chapters being removed or relocated to another chapter. Bottom line is: if you are just learning, I'd suggest using the older 1.0 book, which avoids the Web Matrix overhead. Other resources can help you understand what's new in version 1.1 and the 1.0 book IS a good tutorial. Also, if you have been teaching a class using the 1.0 book, don't count on being able to use the same class materials lightly refurbished. You will have to prepare anew.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what the title states Feb. 18 2004
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Format:Paperback
I bought the VB.net edition of Visual Studio and found out very quickly that I didn't have any idea how to use it. (I had the VB 6 edition previously) The first thing that I did was purchase some books to get me started. I didn't really find anything that fit my situation (getting up to speed with the newer visual studio .net). Then, this book was released. From the title, I thought this would be just what I was looking for. Unfortunately, it doesn't really use the VB.net that I have with the standard version of Visual Studio.net
To anyone that does not understand what I mean, let me explain.
You can buy the boxed edition of Visual Studio VB.net (it costs about $100). It offers a very nice programming environment (IDE) that makes it easy to create windows AND web applications. The web applications are asp.net apps.
However, if you are looking for asp.net application development ONLY, you don't need the full version of visual studio .net You can go to the Microsoft website and download everything you need to get up and developing with asp.net. This book addresses this situation. As the previous review points out, this book really doesn't use the VB IDE to create the example programs.
The books is well written and I would recommend it for anyone looking to get started with asp.net who doesn't have the Visual Studio edition.
But, I still think the title is a little misleading.
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Format:Paperback
This is a good book that taught the concepts of ASP.NET in an understandable manner. The book uses a freeware product called "Web Matrix" to perform the examples. I was using an academic copy of Visual Studio 2003 and was totally confused as I followed along for the first week. Being new to ASP.NET, I didn't know the method of coding an ASP.NET web form using "codebehind" until two days after purchasing the book. The book does not discuss this until you get to the appendix. For newbies, information like this should be upfront. So, I spent a few days using Visual Studio.NET like "notepad" until I realized that I could code a web form almost like a standard windows form in VB.NET.
Since you don't need Visual Studio.NET to create ASP.NET pages explains why 99% of the books that I have encountered about ASP.NET don't teach from that perspective as well. Other than that, it is very good book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great if you don't have Visual Studio March 22 2004
Format:Paperback
Not a bad book. I would recommend this tome to anyone who has not yet been exposed to Visual Studio, because the book assumes you don't own a copy and teaches you using Microsoft's Web Matrix. Although Web Matrix is a powerful tool, Visual Studio is far easier to work with in the long run (and promotes better coding practices as well).
The general format and layout of the book is classic Wrox. I own many Wrox books and have substantially enhanced my IT career with these books and highly recommend most of them. This book is no exception and is definitely a beginner's book, covering all the basics and then going in-depth into a few nuts and bolts (but never getting too technical).
I recommend this book to brand new programmers. Classic ASP programmers should pick up the MS Press book ASP.NET Programming with VB.NET, Step By Step.
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