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ASP.NET Website Programming: Problem - Design - Solution, C# Edition Paperback – Mar 28 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (March 28 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764543776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764543777
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,120,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Product Description

From the Publisher

This book is for developers who:

Use ASP.NET and C#

Use Visual Studio .NET Professional or above, or Visual C# .NET Standard

Want to build content-based websites --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

ASP.NET Website Programming shows you how to build an interactive website from design to deployment. Packed with solutions to website programming problems, this book will have you building well-engineered, extendable ASP.NET websites quickly and easily.

What you need to know

This book is for developers who:

  • Use ASP.NET and C#
  • Use Visual Studio® .NET Professional or above, or Visual C#® .NET Standard
  • Want to build content-based websites

What you will learn from this book

With ASP.NET Website Programming you will learn to:

  • Provide flexible user accounts integrating with ASP.NET’s built-in security
  • Create fully featured discussion forums
  • Generate revenue from advertising
  • Build a web interface for managing the files on your site
  • Add opinion polls, email newsletters, and news management
  • Deploy the finished site on a live server
  • Build modular websites using good, n-tier coding techniques

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I've been programming in ASP for about 3 years, have developed dozens of web applications. I've read and understood Beginning ASP.Net 1.0 (VB ed) by Wrox, as well as Visual Basic.NET How to Program (by Deitel), and decided to purchase ASP.NET Website Programming PDS. I'm sad to say I can't make heads or tails out of this book.
It seems to me that this version was written in haste just to get it out to appease the publishers. Explainations of the code is totally insufficient.
Unless you consider yourself an expert in VB.NET and VS.NET, I'd avoid this book like the plague. Seriously, I'm not some fool off of the street, and I can't even get the source code to work on my local machine! The Wrox P2P forums are of no help too. Apparently, there are more than a few people running XP pro that have the VB edition of this book that are having considerable difficulties with this book.
Buyer beware. I want my money back personally.
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I can see why the C# version won such acclaim. This book really touches a lot of good topics, and does teach you a lot.
a) The site and code are FULL of errors (Sickening they released it that way). Example there are comments "Why is country hard coded to spain" Gee .. you shouldn't be asking us that, and You go to My Account, and click on "Sign Out" and poof .. error .. Damn, that is a pretty basic thing to miss.
b) Misprints/errors/inconsistencies with the site. Y'know .. it is hard enough to learn something, and then you make it tougher .. damn.
c) The site, needs to be downloaded. No CDROM. Damn, 60 bucks for a small book and you can't even give a CDROM? How cheap is that?
On the good side, if you have the patience of a saint, and don't mind banging your head a bit on an iron wall, this book does have a lot to teach, .. as long as you are willing to learn as a good student, and challenge everything you read in this book by actually typing it out YOURSELF, rather than copy pasting it.
Final Conclusion: Is this book good for you? Depends, if you are ultra patient and are willing to deal with irritating mistakes, then yea this book has a *LOT* to teach. And yea, if you are not a seasoned ASP.NET developer .. stay away .. trust me, stay away. :)
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When it comes to technical books, I usually spend a lot of time browsing through books (in the book stores) and reading reviews (in the internet) before commiting myself to a title. After all, technical books are not cheap and there is nothing more frustrating than one that has been badly written.
The C# version of the book had great reviews and, most importantly, was pitched at a level that went beyond the beginners level. Although many books do not dare to miss the beginners bit, I was happy to see that this book had ommitted it as, once you have mastered the basic stuff, wasting a good part of the book with it can be a bit annoying.
In spite of being a VB.NET programmer, the C# version of the book offered me the chance to see how professional developers designed a complete web site using a very clever three-tier, modular architecture. Moreover, the variety of techniques used in the different modules of the book allowed me to see first-hand the different tools that can be used to perform similar tasks (e.g. the use of XSL to create pages content from XML documents). In spite of being months old, the book still hasn't visited the shelf as a lot of the solutions I have developed are based on the examples shown in it.
The VB.NET version of the book (which I bought I soon as soon as I could), is not only as good as the original (a lot of the content has been copied verbatim), but obviously much more useful if you develop in VB.NET. The book has allowed me to learn a lot of VB.NET syntax I was not aware of and, most importantly, has thrown some light into some aspects that were not clear in the C# version of the book (partly due to my inexperience in that language).
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I agree with the frustrations that Joel shares about the book. It is not for begineers and it assumes you are comfortable with Visual Studio. The authors glance over a lot of simple concepts (setting up the project, folders, keys, namespaces) and instead concetrate their effort on the more important fundamental concepts (developing really useful web applications using three tier design). This decision can frustrate beginers that are starting with ASP.NET and VS.NET, but should be acceptable to more experienced programmers.
However, let there be no mistake, despite the shortcommings, this is a great book and there are very few in its class. Almost everyone agrees (, the book has no equal and if you stick with it you will be rewarded.
Finally, I have to disagree with your comments about the VB.NET version. I have spent many weeks with the C# version and several days with the VB.NET version, and I can assure you the frustrations you talk about are common to both editions and have nothing to do with translation (even the .snk file location!). Demian and Norbert's translation has answered a lot of the questions I had accummulated and solved a lot of the bugs from the original. This, and the fact that the code is better laid out and makes for more pleasant reading, means I would recommend the VB.NET version over the original.
The bottom line, the book is not perfect and but is outstanding where it counts. Stick with it and you will be rewarded.
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