Murach's ASP.NET 3.5 Web Programming with C# 2008 Paperback – Oct 10 2008
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Anne Boehm has over 20 years of experience as an enterprise programmer. For the past 7 years, she's specialized in Visual Basic and .NET programming, and she's authored or co-authored books on VB.NET, ADO.NET, and ASP.NET.
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To remain a concise reference, there are bound to be omissions. For example, the text gives good information on the HTML structure of tables, but does not mention that a table may be added to a web form by using the drop-down menu in the Visual Studio IDE. On a positve note, the one page summary of regular expressions is the most helpful and useful summary of regular expressions that I have seen.
For professional programmers, this will not be the only book on ASP.NET that you will want in your library, but it is a very good concise reference.
For someone totally new to ASP.NET I would recommend reading
Beginning ASP.NET 3.5: In C# and VB (Programmer to Programmer) before moving on to the Murach book.
But it appears this book assumes you already have experience with both so you feel lost at times. For example, one of the very first exercises says to create a checkout page. It has 7 or so items they want you to do, but don't really give you any tips on how to accomplish them? If you get stuck you have no where to go, to look for help on the exercise. It wants you to add code to your pages, but I have no idea what the code will be!
As I've been reading this book, I feel like I jumped into an already started project and being asked to complete someone else work, and not sure how to do it.
First, if you have NO knowledge of ASP.NET or C# programming, it might be difficult for you to understand some of the concepts in the book. I think that is the reason some people give it a rating in 4.
THEREFORE, if you have NO knowledge of ASP.NET or C# programming, I highly recommend you to read some books like <ASP.NET for dummies> or <Head first, learning C#>, or <Apress, Beginning ASP.NET>.
HOWEVER, if you have read preliminary knowledge of ASP.NET and start to build your own website, NO BOOK IN THE MARKET right now can surpass the quality of this book when you use it as the reference. IT IS CONCISE, EASY TO READ, CLEAR TO THE DETAIL. IT can guarantee you to have a very good understanding of ASP.NET applications.
FINALLY, this book is also THE BEST REFERENCE book for people who may not read ENGLISH very well. English is not my first language. I can't master programming in ASP.NET without the help of THIS book. For Non-native speakers, DON'T BUY those RED COVER WILLEY BOOKS. I spend a lot of time reading them and doesn't help me a lot. TRY to buy a reference book also in your own language.
1. The book explains the basics so that a beginner can follow along and learn.
2. At the same time the book gives in depth 'why's' for various things (not just how's) so that the reader will finish the book with a reasonably deep understanding.
3. The book is replete with solid code samples, that all work as written (not always the case with all computer books)
I highly recomend this book.
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