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Beginning Active Server Pages 3.0 Paperback – Jul 11 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (July 11 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764543636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764543630
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 5.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews
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Filling an important spot in the Wrox Programmer to Programmer series, Beginning Active Server Pages 3.0 is an excellent introduction to the new version of ASP released for the Windows 2000 platform. This guide expects no previous ASP knowledge or even previous Web development experience.

Its friendly style makes this book welcome reading at all skill levels. The material is carefully presented to avoid losing readers who are totally new to ASP programming, yet it still provides impressive technical coverage, beginning with the very basic concepts behind ASP programming and moving forward to advanced coding techniques.

As each topic is presented, relevant screen shots and useful code snippets under the heading "How It Works" complement the text. The chapters also include step-by-step exercises to familiarize you with new techniques and tools. An extensive case study application takes you through the entire development process as well. If you're interested in Web coding Microsoft-style, this is the right place to start. --Stephen W. Plain

Topics covered: ASP language fundamentals, server- and client-side scripting, ASP object model, cookies, error handling, scripting objects, recordsets, transactions and COM+, XML introduction, ADO object model, and VBScript reference. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Who is this Book for? Anyone building a web site --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
All programming books are both overwritten and underwritten.
When you begin reading and learning the content is simply too much. As you progress you find yourself seeking other resources for "filler" information.
I didn't realize until I grew frustrated with the book how effective it was. I had gone from a complete beginner to someone who could put together access driven web applications and I didn't even realize how far I had come.
I now have over 30 programming and database books that is use as resource guides for particular problems etc. Each book helps me get past a certain problem/hurdle. Like a lawyers library I couldn't proceed without it.
That is simply the nature of programming these days. We beginners often underestimate the amount of knowledge expert programmers have. The trick is to take what we can from each resource. In order to progress we must keep adding to the resource collection.
This book is the staple of my collection. I refer to it almost daily and as my knowledge base expands I find myself making better use of it.
So its a must for the beginner in my opinion. Whether you just want a foundation to take free script from ASP Programming sites, edit it, and add it to your projects or you are looking to chase a programming degree or career this book gets you rolling.
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In the beginning of Chapter 3, there is a paragraph that sums up the entire book:
"When I first started to study Chinese my tutor ... gave me a Chinese-English dictionary, a Chinese grammar book and a primer. But he placed all of these books in a basket and said they were not to used until the next week. In the first week he instructed me just to listen and and memorize some phrases. That week, I had to accept on faith the content, sentence structure, pronunciation and grammar. But by Friday I could at least walk into a Chinese restaurant, order a bowl of rice and pay for it."
That pretty well desribes how this book progresses. The authors start you off with some simple ASP and then build on that in the later chapters. I basically went chapter by chapter and did all of the "Try It Out" projects. By the end, I could understand ASP code and I was able to adapt it to the project I was working on.
The book is rather wordy, but not in a boring way. The authors' target audience is people with almost no programming experience, and I think they do a good job explaining things to that audience. I had done some web coding before, so I usually skimmed the text to look for the techniques I was not familar with. As I worked on my real-world project, I would refer back to the book when I wasn't sure how to do something.
I like the book because it has lots of hands on examples, right up to a full blown web application called "Wrox Classifieds". It's easy to look up a specific ASP technique and get right to the explanation of how it works and how to code it. An added benefit are the Appendices, which include a complete description of the ASP 3.0 and ADO 2.5 Object Models and a VBScript reference.
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By the time I finished reading this book and working through the examples I was writing somewhat complex ASP pages and publishing them on the web (thanks to some cheaper ASP compatible ISPs). It is clearly written (there are typos but they're not insurmountable) and shows instant results through coding.
An unexpected corollary to this book is that it actually helps with general Windows database programming. The database portions of this book basically deal with ADO, and this knowledge is applicable to Visual Basic 6 database projects (there are nuances, of course, and one must learn VB, Access and/or SQL Server, but the underlying theory and methodology is very similar). So you actually get more out of this book than you realize.
Possessing a working knowledge of HTML is a good thing before taking on ASP 3.0. The book will move slower if you don't. Also knowing something about JavaScript or VBScript will help, but the book does address this (it mostly uses VBScript with ASP 3.0), though having general knowledge of how scripting languages work (e.g., which runs from the server and which from the client and how and why) will speed up learning ASP.
This book will not prepare you for ASP.NET or ADO.NET. Those are different animals, and the book predates them both. Regardless, there is a lot of ASP 3.0 out there, and it will not likely go away soon. At the moment you have a choice: learn ASP 3.0 or learn ASP.NET. It depends on your needs. If you end up choosing ASP 3.0, this is the book to start with.
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This was used as a textbook for a class I took at the University of Washington.

I'm very familiar with the O'Reilly books, which are often quoted as being "the books to have" when it comes to technical resources. I believe that this book has an advantage over many that I've seen, in that its explanations really break things down, providing very clear descriptions and reasoning behind the scenes. I obtained much better understanding from this book than I have from any of the O'Reilly books.

I used the 'Wrox Classifieds' example in Chapter 15 as both a final project and a fund-raiser. I changed the code so that it was more of an auction site rather than a general classifieds section. Working with a team at my company, we organized a fund-raiser/online auction on our corporate Intranet. Using donated items and services, we were able to raise over $10,000.00 in support of a company-sponsored project. These funds will be used to help build a 2-acre garden at a hospital in Naples, Fl. where cancer patients and their families can go to rest and reenergize.

Not only is it helping teach future developers, but it's also being used to help support social causes.
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