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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (May 8 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470042583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470042588
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 18.5 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,395,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Logan Murray on Nov. 16 2006
Format: Paperback
This book was so basic, I had to return it because I wasn't learning anything. I read only the first three chapters, but by that time didn't know anything I couldn't have figured out just by fiddling around with the Visual Web Developer Express program for 15 minutes.

Most of the content seemed aimed at describing how to use docking windows and tabs and what the bloody properties window was! At first I trudged through, but when I finally came to a "beyond the scope of this book" statement, I simply couldn't take it anymore.

I say the title is deceptive because it has in nice big letters "with C#", however from what I gathered, although there may be little bits of code in each chapter, there is only a single chapter (and it's not until chapter 9, no less) that even deals with code extensively.

I gave it three stars because it does seem like it might be useful to someone who has never programmed before and wants to set up their own dynamic web site. For me, though, I was well "beyond the scope of this book" before I even started it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great ASP.NET book! April 30 2006
By Frank Stepanski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
With Microsoft's update to ASP.NET to version 2.0, everybody is getting re-excited with this stable web development framework from Microsoft. It seems every publisher is updating their existing ASP.NET 1.1 books with just the new features of the latest version. But not this book...

This book gives a great introduction to what ASP.NET is and what advances are available with the latest version. The whole goes through every aspect of ASP.NET 2.0 basics in developing an interactive, database-driven website (WROX United Applciation). Reviewing it this way really gives the reader how all the features of ASP.NET and what can really been done with it, instead of just explaining different topics individually.

The next chapter reviews the basics of site design and how to setup your ASP.NET pages with one of the big features of ASP.NET 2.0 with is Master Pages. The next chapter continues from Chapter 2 with the design attributes of the site and goes into greater detail of using Visual Studio 2005 in some great explanations of what dynamic content is.

The next couple chapters explain sing memberships, themes (new ASP.NET 2.0 feature), events (new events in ASP.NET 2.0), and a 2 great chapters (7 and 8) on reading and writing data using web controls. One of the most powerful features of ASP.NET (both versions) are the web controls (design and data). These controls provide instant functionality to displaying, formatting, storing data from the user or from a datasource.

This book assumes no experience in programming in C# or Visual Studio 2005 and starts from the basics to really teach the reader how to create your dynamic web site.

A great book from WROX for getting people up to speed on ASP.NET 2.0 for the beginner or the ASP.NET 1.1 user who needs refreshing on the latests features.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Have fun! July 22 2006
By Jeff S. Bridges - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Getting past setting the examples up. Whole directories are mentioned out of the blue where they didn't exist before. Unzip to <this> directory. Now open up <that> directory...

(Of course <that> directory isn't even previously mentioned)

And now let's work with *another* file/directory...that doesn't exist....

Sheesh...if you can't trust 'em to get *this* right, how can you trust 'em in the rest of the book?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5/5 for beginners like myself, some drawbacks Jan. 18 2007
By Joseph C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Overall, this is an excellent book for beginners like myself. After going through this book I felt confident in my abilities as an ASP.NET 2.0 developer, and it made excellent use of Visual Web Developer 2005. The idea behind this book is great, have the person learning the language and technology go through making an entire website.

However, for me there were a few things that bugged me about this process of making the website. It was sometimes annoying that at certain parts it was hard to keep track of what EXACTLY I was doing while "creating" the website. There might be a sentence here and there where you get confused.

Still, for the most part the book does a very good job explaining the coding that you did, as well as covering the important things in depth. I like the process the beginner goes through and I think it's the best book for beginning ASP.NET 2.0 with C# out there. It doesnt get the best rating from me because it could have used a bit more editing. Definitely worth the money.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Worst layout of a book EVER!! July 22 2006
By RPW - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I've had this book for 5 days going back and forth over Chapter 1, Chapter 2 and Appendix B...they just don't connect like the book expects them to.

You won't be able to get past chapter 1 without pulling your hair out!

It talks about download files to C:\website\WrokUnited

but then talks about access files from C:\website\WrokUnitedCS

and also throws in another unknown directory named C:\BEGASPNET2.

There has only been 1 directory that we have been told to create, and was C:\website\WrokUnited and it was from Appendix B!!

I guess these are the problem you have when more than 1 author writes the book...no one knows what the other is doing!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Where's the code? June 27 2007
By Michael L. Friscia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Sorry, this book is great if you are a drag and drop type of web programmer. I think it is great that visual studio allows the ability to virtually drag and drop and entire data driven website. But my problem is that if you don't understand the code behind it, when something breaks you can't fix it since I am unaware of any drag and drop tools that do that for you.

My point being this book should have been titled. "asp.net with c# only using the free visual web developer IDE for people who don't want to know what the c# code really looks like or how to write programs with it."

The only reason I gave it 2 stars and not 1 is because my gripes aside, they do enforce a lot of Best Practice in the excercises.

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