Mastering Web Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Paperback – Dec 5 2005
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From the Back Cover
Be Right at Home in the World's Most Powerful Web Development Environment
For large-scale web application development, Visual Studio 2005 is the most capable product around. This book shows team members and leaders how to use its power in several key dimensions. You'll master dozens of built-in features for creating a large, high-performance website based on ASP.NET 2.0. You'll work seamlessly with dynamic data, both reading from and writing to databases. And throughout, you'll learn how Visual Studio 2005 supports a more efficient group process in terms of design, development, and deployment. And everything is brought together with the enterprise-scale example, "ABC Incorporated," that runs throughout the book. This is a book no web developer, and no web-dependent organization, should be without.
- Reaping the benefits of master pages and themes
- Generating site maps and other navigational aids automatically
- Building a shopping cart application for your website
- Adding search functionality to your website
- Creating a flexible user environment using Webpart technology
- Increasing application performance using client-side and server-side scripting technologies
- Giving users the ability to change the website's theme to meet specific needs
- Using components and controls to add special effects and user customization
- Improving team efficiency using modern development and design techniques
- Monitoring and responding to usage statistics
- Combining technologies to get the best possible results from large applications
- Making your site accessible to everyone
Master Standards-Based Web Development Techniques New to Visual Studio 2005
Discover How Visual Studio 2005 Solves Team Development Issues, Such as Source Code Control and Application Design
Simplify Database Application Development without Compromising Security or Reliability
About the Author
John Paul Mueller is a freelance writer and technical editor who has written over 300 articles and 68 books, most recently Microsoft Windows XP Power Optimization (Sybex 2005). He's contributed articles to such magazines as DevSource, asp.netPro, InformIT, SQL Server Professional, Visual C++ Developer, Hard Core Visual Basic, and Visual Basic Developer. You can reach John on the Internet at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit his website at: http://www.mwt.net/~jmueller/.
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I saw this book and bought it here on Amazon because it seemed that it might have some valuable content on Visual Studio 2005 - and there is very little information available about VS 2005 at this moment except the Microsoft literature. Now I am confused about the book because I really can't determine what product the author was using when he wrote the book. The book is about a product called Microsoft Visual Web Developer - not about either Visual Studio 2005 Professional or Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition. It appears that there is valuable content here and although the product he was using was probably pretty close to Visual Studio 2005 Professional the author definitely writes about functionality that I cannot yet find in Visual Studio 2005 Professional. My issue is that I really would like to know up front what functionality that the book covers is not included in VS 2005. Of course it's possible that I will find a hidden configuration option in VS 2005 that will suddenly turn it into Visual Web Developer but in one place in the book the author says that he is writing a book on Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition - but I can't find reference to it anywhere. My guess is that he was writing on an early beta of VS 2005 but that a number of changes have occurred between when he wrote and what is being shipped. I am an optimistic and will give the book 4 stars now because of what appears to be valuable content, but that rating could go up to 5 stars or down to 2 stars depending on how close the material is to what I need to understand Visual Studio 2005 Professional. Also I was bothered by the fact that within 15 minutes after opening the book the binding began to fall apart.
I have contacted the author to try and answer this question but as of the writing of this review have not gotten back a response.
The book is perhaps best read as a complementary exposition of Visual Studio and ASP. Hence, it goes into the important ideas of a master page and themes, which are new features of ASP 2. Since you are inherently dealing with dynamic HTML pages, then a master page is a very logical factoring out of a common look for a set of pages. Mueller points out that the emphasis is on your bottom line. Use of these can save you development time. As well as producing more robust code, because by centralising, there is less chance of error when manually maintaining many pages.
If you are planning a large website, chances are you will need a back end database. In the context of this book, the preferred choice is supplied by Microsoft - SQL Server. So Mueller furnishes a good tutorial on using Visual Studio to connect your ASP pages to an instance of SQL Server.
Also, with the continued danger of attacks, the book shows how to sterilise data that a user would type into one of your pages. Vital in stopping SQL injections or any attempt to access the operating system. Here, the use of Validators in ASP is a great help, in reducing what you have to write. The only quibble is that Mueller could have used the term SQL injection, as that is the common description of many of these attacks.
The heft of the book reflects Mueller's coverage of these and other topics. All of which are nowadays necessary to developing a website.
"When you installed Visual Studio .NET 2005, you might have been surprised to find a bonus-Visual
Web Developer. This new product fills a gap in the Visual Studio product line and is Microsoft's recognition
that Web development has become a major part of the application market." So the book is about Visual Web Developer and should have been entitled as such.
There is a chapter later in the book about migrating your VS 2003 projects and the final chapter ( Chapter 25! ) has the following "This chapter addresses the code movement process from a little project to big project perspective.
It assumes that you've experimented with Visual Web Developer Express and now need the full capabilities
that Visual Studio can provide." Too little too late... Unless you want to find out about Visual Web Developer, buy something else.