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Beginning ASP.NET 2.0 [Paperback]

Chris Hart , John Kauffman , David Sussman , Chris Ullman

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Nov. 10 2005 Programmer to Programmer
  • This updated bestseller gets readers involved immediately with task-oriented examples that can help them build their own sites
  • Each chapter is designed to complete a part of the sample Web site, introducing technology topics as required
  • Makes extensive use of Microsoft’s new visual ASP.NET development tool, showing readers how to save time and write less code to achieve more results faster
  • The book provides examples in Visual Basic - the easiest language for beginning ASP.NET developers to learn


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"...right up there with the best...a well written, comprehensive and useful beginners guide to ASP.NET 2.0...." (www.devcity.net, July 2006)

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Beginning ASP.NET 2.0

ASP.NET 2.0 is an amazing technology that allows you to develop web sites and applications with very little hassle, and its power and depth enable it to host even the most complex applications available. This invaluable beginners' guide shows you how to program web applications in ASP.NET 2.0 and see dynamic results with minimal effort.

Using working examples and detailed explanations, this popular author team eases you into the world of ASP.NET development and gradually introduces you to all sorts of interesting ASP.NET tricks and tools. You'll quickly see how ASP.NET 2.0 is designed to ensure a significant reduction in the amount of code you have to write—and, in turn, make your life easier.

What you will learn from this book

  • Why Visual Web Developer is an ideal environment for building feature-rich ASP.NET 2.0 applications
  • How to secure web sites, providing login functionality and role-based access to content
  • Useful techniques for safely updating data, using ASP.NET 2.0's built-in data handling capabilities
  • How centralized site design can be easily achieved
  • How to add e-commerce functionality to a site
  • Methods for enhancing an application's performance

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone new to web programming who is looking to program dynamic, feature-rich web applications in ASP.NET 2.0. It will also be ideal for programmers looking to upgrade their ASP 3 knowledge to ASP.NET, or programmers from non-Microsoft web disciplines who need to learn ASP.NET 2.0.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.


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Amazon.com: 2.7 out of 5 stars  22 reviews
50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tutorial Format Showing How to Build a Site Dec 6 2005
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
With the 2.0 release it seems that ASP.NET has become ready for prime time. I found the earlier versions so verbose and so demanding that everything be done exactly right that I decided to wait for the next release and it's here. The addition of Visual Web Developer (part of Visual Studio 2005) has rounded out the picture. The use of an IDE like this gives a lot of assistance in speeding up the writing of code. It's a lot better than just using something like Notepad.

This book was written with an intent to appeal to people who want to program web applications that can store/display data into/from a database. It will help if you have at least some concept of basic web design with HTML.

This book is in tutorial form. It creates a web site for Wrox United (a mythical football team -- if it's mythical I wonder why not Quiddich). The book claims that you can go see the site at [...] but when I went there the domain name was parked waiting for data. The book takes a tutiorial approach to getting the site up (Maybe they're still working through the tutorial.).

You're going to spend a lot of time learning ASP.NET, I'd recommend you also getting the Wrox book Professional ASP.NET 2.0 in addition to this one. The two books have an entirely different set of authors, and even when they are talking about the same subject, they use different words. Sometimes just reading different words helps you to understand better. The Professional book is more complete and is in reference format.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a very helpful book July 16 2006
By Scott G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm an experienced web developer but this is my first book on ASP.NET. I'm nearly finished with the book but I don't feel like I learned too much.

I can see that teaching .NET is different than other code-centric languages like Java where you'd start with a "Hello, World" app then move on from there. So, I appreciate that writing a good .NET book is probably harder than usual.

But, this book just doesn't work very well. First and foremost, it's rife with errors. Not just grammatical errors, but incorrect code, screenshots not matching the referring text, and others.

Also, the authors did not cover what I would consider the basics before moving to more advanced topics. There's no in-depth explanation of what code-behind is and how it works. Only a couple of the controls are taught, such as GridView. I guess it's up to the reader to figure out the rest.

Lastly, code is not taught at all. When the authors used code they explained what it did, but only so you understand the examples. There was no comprehensive effort to teach even the basics of coding.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very cursory coverage of ASP .NET Sept. 20 2006
By Nadim Jubran - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a an ASP developer and an IT Professional, I wanted to get up to speed on ASP .NET 2.0, so I picked up a copy of this book.

I would not recommend it to others, as it is not very well written.

Also, the examples are very GUI-oriented without deviating too much from Wizards and such. If you're more interested in being able to write ASP .NET 2.0 code by hand, and fully understanding how it all works this book is not very helpful.

I also picked up a copy of Professional Asp.Net 2.0 (also from WROX) which, although more advanced, is easier to read and understand.

This book (beginning ASP .NET) is only useful if you want a quick tour of what ASP .NET 2.0 Can do, and not even a full tour at that.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Harder than it should be. Feb. 13 2006
By steve sandford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Although the book is well set out and easy to read you are constantly troubled by the errors in both the code and the dialog. Fortunatly a lot of the errors can be corrected

via the Wrox web site. I found it useful to download the working code for the book and compare it with the text to correct many errors. Should a reader really need to do this? Unlike a previous reviewer I had no trouble viewing the example WroxUnited site.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible May 17 2006
By Josh Schmidt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am a big fan of Wrox books, my bookshelf is a sea of red. That's why I felt pretty comfortable picking up Beginning ASP.NET 2.0 without really doing any research. I know Wrox, I know how their examples are written, the conventions they use, etc. I was also really looking forward to building the sample site. For me doing is the best way to learn.

Imagine my disappointment when not even through Chapter 2 I realize that this particular book throws out all I've come to love about Wrox. The examples are confusing to say the least, and if you are one of those (like me) who would prefer to actually build all of the sample code instead of just downloading it, then you are just out of luck. The vast majority of eveything I've come across requires you download and use the code for each chapter (you do get to type a line or two here and there). Then you get to figure out the file hierarchy, which odds are is nothing like what you are currently using. I know my hierarchy doesn't rely on drilling down 5 folders into my web root to get to things. It gets even more fun when the book tells you to go to a particular menu and select something thats not even there. Eh, maybe MS moved something before the book went to print. But how do you explain the book and the (required) sample code being different?

I will not be finishing chapter 3. I may keep this book on my shelf in the hopes that at some point I'll be able to use it as a reference, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

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