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81 of 89 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding 2.0 book! Nov. 10 2005
By David W. Jones - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a great book for learning 2.0 and Visual Web Developer 2005, then this is the book. Most of the Asp books I looked at still use notepad or something like that. This is one of the few the use VWD 2005. The book uses VWD that is part of Visual Studio 2005, but it is the same as one that you can download for free at [...] (not exactly, but very close). I really like the fact that it spent a little time talking about VWD 2005, explaining the ins and outs of it. With such great tools that are available from Microsoft, both free and to purchase, it does not make any since to use anything else, in my opinion.

This book uses both VB and C# code in the book. It is nice having both sets of code in the book and not a separate download. At first I didn't like seeing both languages. But as I read the book and worked thru the samples, it was nice to be able to see how it is done in both using both. I am learning C# now, but I need to be able to work with VB also. So this worked great.

This book would work well for someone who is just starting with 2.0. I think as long as you have some programming experience, you will be able to follow along. But an experienced .net developer will enjoy this book also, because of the detailed explanation of advanced topics. It starts off talking about web forms and controls then moves to web services and validation controls. It has a detailed section on Master pages and themes, two of the really cool new features in 2.0. It has a great section working with data, roles, site navigation, security, debugging, business objects and overall administration.

I am coming from a classic asp background, and was a little nervous about getting a "professional" book to start with. But after reading it for a week now, this is the book that stays on my desk all the time when I am writing code.

To sum up,

* Great book

* Easy to read and follow

* Uses Visual Web Developer and Visual Studio 2005

* both VB and C# code in the book (not as a separate download)

* Starts off slow enough for beginners

* Has advanced topics for pros.
47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Great For Newbies And Veterans Alike Nov. 15 2005
By Travis Illig - Published on
Format: Paperback
Not a stranger to ASP.NET 1.1, I picked up this book in an effort to see what's new in ASP.NET 2.0 as well as have a source on hand with examples and such that I can refer to as needed.

I couldn't be more pleased.

For those new to ASP.NET, this book runs through everything from the development environment to the structure of an application and uses detailed code snippets to allow you to create simple proof-of-concept apps using the technology being discussed. For the old hands, the new material is covered well and in many cases is compared and contrasted with previous versions so you know what benefits you're getting by upgrading to 2.0. Entire chapters are dedicated to some of the new features like personalization and themes, making sure that both newbies and veterans alike are brought up to speed.

Code snippets abound and exist in both VB and C#, so it doesn't matter what language you lean toward, there's something here for you. The writing style is clear and easy to understand so you won't get too bogged down in jargon. Note that this is definitely more of a "how to" type of book than a reference - if you find yourself asking "How would I...?" then this is the way to go. If you already know what you're doing and want the annotated class reference with super detailed information about the trivial inner workings of the framework, you may want to look elsewhere.

My only real complaint is the typesetting. The text could have been bumped up a couple of points for those of us who rely on glasses and the like, but the book is already upwards of 1200 pages long and I understand that printing volumes of encyclopedias isn't so effective for transport.

If you're into ASP.NET, add this one to your shelf - you'll be glad you did.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Correcting an earlier review Nov. 22 2005
By Jeff Deville - Published on
Format: Paperback
A previous reviewer (Sven) mentioned that the book omitted some more advanced topics. 1 of the examples cited was how to access MasterPage properties from a content page. Not only is this information there (page 263), but there are 2 examples, and the specific location is referenced in the Table of Contents as "Working with Controls and Properties from the Master Page"

Just thought I'd mention this since I chose to go w/ another book because of that review, only to find as I sit here and browse this book that it does in fact go into a good amount of detail. I hope the one I did order is as good.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Get a head start in your learning of ASP.NET 2.0 Nov. 28 2005
By Brian G. Scarbeau - Published on
Format: Paperback
For the past three years I've been teaching my high school computer science students webmatrix. In fact, I wrote curriculum for Microsoft and was the Technical Editor for some other curriculum. To keep up with the new technology, I realized I needed to start learning ASP.NET 2.0.
I started to read this BIG book and already I'm on Chapter 9 in only a week of reading. The book clearly explains the new features of ASP.NET 2.0 in a clear and concise manner. The screen shots and code examples in both C# and VB.NET are excellent. You can download the code from [...].
This is a great reference and should be on your christmas list!
Read more in my blog if you want:
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Professional ASP.NET Wrox! Feb. 10 2006
By Chris Love - Published on
Format: Paperback
You know how you read through many books and now Blogs trying to find nuggets, but often than not you just want to find the go to place for good solid reference? Well it seems like I find that each time the technology is interated, like now to .NET 2.0. I think I latched on pretty early to my GoTo book, Professional ASP.NET 2.0 from Wrox. Thoses guys seem to always get it right when producing books that I can really dig my teeth into and get things done.

First they chose some solid authors, Bill Evjen, Scott Hanselman, Farhan Muhammad, Srinivas Sivakumar and Devin Rader. I know Hanselman's blog real well,but the other guys are well published Regional Director types. I like those types =>.

Anyway, to the book. I think it really does a good job of breaking up the important pieces of what is new in ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005 into 29 action packed chapters with two good apendixes. I like this because I can just go to the chapter I need help on and get it, don't have to wonder or wander too much ti find the meat I need.

I found the chapters on Master Pages and Themes extremely well writen and helped get the concepts and start applying some advanced features pretty quickly to my latest sites (I will start posting reviews and links shortly). I was so relieved to see how these technologies work compared to creating skins for DotNetNuke, hey this is easy!

The next thing of importance to me was Users and Roles. Again this book hit a huge homerun with me. Within two or three days of coding and testing I had a pretty solid set of code for my web sites to reliably utilize the membership provider, which rocks by the way.

There are a lot of things that were merely reviews and introductions to new features of the VB framework, but I think those types of chapters are extremely important to have. I mean yah collections is not new, but generics are. I have not applied them yet, but I am sure I will.

The book is huge, well written, and worth every penny of the $33 it cost at Amazon! Which is another thing, books do not sem to be costing a small mortgage anymore, great!