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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Not done very well Nov. 28 2005
By tdm00 - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm completely new at ASP.NET let alone ASP.NET 2.0, so I picked this book up instead of the Introducing ASP.NET 2.0 book by MS Press. I found this book to be poorly done.

The first 5 chapters, I feel, are WAY over the head of anyone starting to work with ASP.NET. Compostie and Render controls in the first 5 chapters? Hello, how about starting with the validation controls or something. The later chapters deal some with TreeView, MasterPages and Skins, stuff I felt should have been somewhere in the first chapters.

I would not recommend this book at all. It is also only in C# code, you have to download the VB examples, but not VB text.
59 of 70 people found the following review helpful
This book is USELESS... Nov. 16 2005
By B. Hayat - Published on
Format: Paperback
Don't waste your money and time on this book.

I can't believe someone actually allowed this book to be published as "Step By Step". It seems the intention of writing this book was just to get something out or the author has no idea how to write a "Step By Step" book.

The first three chapters are basically about the history of Web development and how ASP.Net is better. Then suddenly, in chapter four, he jumps into "Custom Rendered Controls". With a few short descriptions, he closes the chapter and the frustration begins. You begin to think, what is this chapter has anything to do with a "Step By Step" and do a project. Next he gets into "Composite Controls". He covers it in a hurry and it's to the next chapter. A very short overview of Validation, Treeview and MultiView.

You keep reading and thinking that I'm eventally going to get something going to finish a project. But you'll be building frustration than an ASP project.

This is by far the worst book I have ever read!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Not Step-By-Step Jan. 13 2006
By David C. Veeneman - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is not a good learning resource for ASP.NET. I had expected a step-by-step book to begin by showing how to create a simple project, then progress to the cool features of ASP.NET and how to use them. Instead, this book starts with five chapters on web server architecture. That says about all that needs to be said about this book.

This is my second bad experience in a row with a Step-By-Step book. MS Press used to have a great series in these books; but if recent experience is any indication, the series has taken a big fall.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Very Disappointing Jan. 27 2006
By K. Rucker - Published on
Format: Paperback
While I did manage to learn a few ASP.Net basics, this book is not very well written. At least half examples were incomplete in illustrating how to accurately setup the applications. I was forced to find other sources which allowed me to discover the holes in the example setup descriptions. Reading this book proved to be a painful process. Considering how much I liked the VB and C# 2005 Step by Step books, this book was very disappointing. If your looking for an ASP.Net book, this is not it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
ASP.NET for Rocket Scientist's April 4 2007
By Lionel J. Morrison - Published on
Format: Paperback
Okay I should read reviews more often! I picked up this book as a couple of the other MS Press books I have have been great. This book says you don't need to know anything about ASP.NET. Well after 5 chapters of painful reading and examples I feel like my brain is about ready to leak out of my ears. Considering I have 9 years of classic ASP/PHP development experience I find this rather amusing.

If your going to pick up this book you should have good fundamental understanding of C# 2.0 because this book isn't going to teach you. You will also need to get hold of Visual Studio 2005. You can try with MS Visual Web Developer Express but I fear you'll be wasting your time.