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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (May 8 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470042583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470042588
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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From the Back Cover

ASP.NET 2.0 is an amazing technology that allows you to develop web sites and applications with very little hassle, and its power and depth enable it to host even the most complex applications available. Using code examples in C#, this invaluable beginner's guide shows you how to program web applications in ASP.NET 2.0 and see dynamic results with minimal effort.

Through detailed explanations and working C# code examples, this popular author team eases you into the world of ASP.NET development and gradually introduces you to all sorts of interesting ASP.NET tricks and tools. You'll quickly see how ASP.NET 2.0 is designed to ensure a significant reduction in the amount of code you have to write—and, in turn, to make your life easier.

What you will learn from this book

  • Why Visual Web Developer is an ideal environment for building feature-rich ASP.NET 2.0 applications with C#
  • How to secure web sites, providing login functionality and role-based access to content
  • Useful techniques for safely updating data, using ASP.NET 2.0's built-in data handling capabilities
  • How centralized site design can be easily achieved
  • How to add e-commerce functionality to a site
  • Methods for enhancing an application's performance

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone new to web programming who wants to program dynamic, feature-rich web applications in ASP.NET 2.0. It will also be ideal for programmers seeking to upgrade their ASP 3 knowledge to ASP.NET, or programmers from non-Microsoft web disciplines who need to learn ASP.NET 2.0.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

About the Author

Chris Hart normally works at Trinity Expert Systems Plc, based in Coventry (UK) but is currently on maternity leave. She's worked on several major .NET, SharePoint, and CMS applications. She enjoys having a job where she gets to learn and play with new technologies on a regular basis, often working on-site with customers. She's been using.NET since the pre-Alpha days, and yet still enjoys the fun of working with beta software.
Chris lives in Birmingham (UK, not Alabama) with her extremely understanding husband James and baby Nathan, and is discovering that motherhood is more challenging than developing a CMS systems for a major client. She's currently trying to work out how to make the  home network toddlerproof.
I'd like to thank James for being so understanding - this was the hardest one yet, and you were great. Thanks also to my brother Rob for your inspiring creativity - best of luck in your final year at Uni. Thanks to Lou for designing the Wrox United site, and for being such a fantastic friend. Finally, thanks to Nathan for waiting eight more days after I finished my final drafts before arriving into the world.
Chris Hart contributed Chapters 3-5 and 11 and Appendix C to this book.

John Kauffman was born in Philadelphia, the son of a chemist and a nurse. He received his degrees from The Pennsylvania State University, the Colleges of Science and Agriculture. His early research was for Hershey foods in the genetics of the chocolate tree and the molecular biology of chocolate production. Since 1993 John has focused on explaining technology in the classroom and in books.
In his spare time, John is an avid sailor and youth sailing coach. He also enjoys jazz music and drumming. In addition to technical material, he manages to read the New Yorker magazine from cover-to-cover each week.
John Kauffman contributed Chapters 1, 2, 7, and 8 and Appendix D to this book.

Dave Sussman is an independent trainer, consultant, and writer, who inhabits that strange place called beta land. It's full of various computers, multiple boot partitions, VPC images, and very occasionally, stable software. When not writing books or testing alpha and beta software, Dave can be found working with a variety of clients helping to bring ASP.NET projects into fruition. He is a Microsoft MVP, and a member of the ASP Insiders and INETA Speakers Bureau. You can find more details about Dave and his books at his official website ( ) or the site he shares with Alex Homer (
Dave Sussman contributed Chapters 6, 9, 14, and 15 and Appendix E to this book.

Chris Ullman is a free4lance web developer and technical author who has spent many years stewing in ASP / ASP.NET, like a teabag left too long in the pot. Coming from a Computer Science background, he started initially as a UNIX/Linux guru, who gravitated towards MS technologies during the summer of ASP (1997). He cut his teeth on Wrox Press ASP guides, and since then, he has written on over 20 books, most notably as lead author for Wrox's bestselling Beginning ASP / ASP.NET 1.x series, and has contributed chapters to books on PHP, ColdFusion, JavaScript, Web Services, C#, XML, and other Internet-related technologies to esoteric to mention, now swallowed by up in the quicksands of the boom.
Quitting Wrox as a full-time employee in August 2001, he branched out into VB.NET/C#programming and ASP.NET development and started his own business, CUASP Consulting Ltd, in April 2003. He maintains a variety of sites from, his "work" site, to, a selection of his writings on music and art. The birth of his twins Jay and Luca in February 2005 took chaos to a new level. He now divides his time between protecting the twins from their over-affectionate three-year-old brother Nye, composing electronic sounds on bits of dilapidated old keyboards for his music project Open E, and tutoring his cats in the art of peaceful co-existence and not violently mugging each other on the stairs.
Chris Ullman contributed Chapters 10, 12, 13, and 16 and Appendix B to this book.

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This book was so basic, I had to return it because I wasn't learning anything. I read only the first three chapters, but by that time didn't know anything I couldn't have figured out just by fiddling around with the Visual Web Developer Express program for 15 minutes.

Most of the content seemed aimed at describing how to use docking windows and tabs and what the bloody properties window was! At first I trudged through, but when I finally came to a "beyond the scope of this book" statement, I simply couldn't take it anymore.

I say the title is deceptive because it has in nice big letters "with C#", however from what I gathered, although there may be little bits of code in each chapter, there is only a single chapter (and it's not until chapter 9, no less) that even deals with code extensively.

I gave it three stars because it does seem like it might be useful to someone who has never programmed before and wants to set up their own dynamic web site. For me, though, I was well "beyond the scope of this book" before I even started it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9990b378) out of 5 stars Great ASP.NET book! April 30 2006
By Frank Stepanski - Published on
Format: Paperback
With Microsoft's update to ASP.NET to version 2.0, everybody is getting re-excited with this stable web development framework from Microsoft. It seems every publisher is updating their existing ASP.NET 1.1 books with just the new features of the latest version. But not this book...

This book gives a great introduction to what ASP.NET is and what advances are available with the latest version. The whole goes through every aspect of ASP.NET 2.0 basics in developing an interactive, database-driven website (WROX United Applciation). Reviewing it this way really gives the reader how all the features of ASP.NET and what can really been done with it, instead of just explaining different topics individually.

The next chapter reviews the basics of site design and how to setup your ASP.NET pages with one of the big features of ASP.NET 2.0 with is Master Pages. The next chapter continues from Chapter 2 with the design attributes of the site and goes into greater detail of using Visual Studio 2005 in some great explanations of what dynamic content is.

The next couple chapters explain sing memberships, themes (new ASP.NET 2.0 feature), events (new events in ASP.NET 2.0), and a 2 great chapters (7 and 8) on reading and writing data using web controls. One of the most powerful features of ASP.NET (both versions) are the web controls (design and data). These controls provide instant functionality to displaying, formatting, storing data from the user or from a datasource.

This book assumes no experience in programming in C# or Visual Studio 2005 and starts from the basics to really teach the reader how to create your dynamic web site.

A great book from WROX for getting people up to speed on ASP.NET 2.0 for the beginner or the ASP.NET 1.1 user who needs refreshing on the latests features.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9990b3cc) out of 5 stars Have fun! July 22 2006
By Jeff S. Bridges - Published on
Format: Paperback
Getting past setting the examples up. Whole directories are mentioned out of the blue where they didn't exist before. Unzip to <this> directory. Now open up <that> directory...

(Of course <that> directory isn't even previously mentioned)

And now let's work with *another* file/directory...that doesn't exist....

Sheesh...if you can't trust 'em to get *this* right, how can you trust 'em in the rest of the book?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9990b804) out of 5 stars 5/5 for beginners like myself, some drawbacks Jan. 18 2007
By Joseph C. - Published on
Format: Paperback
Overall, this is an excellent book for beginners like myself. After going through this book I felt confident in my abilities as an ASP.NET 2.0 developer, and it made excellent use of Visual Web Developer 2005. The idea behind this book is great, have the person learning the language and technology go through making an entire website.

However, for me there were a few things that bugged me about this process of making the website. It was sometimes annoying that at certain parts it was hard to keep track of what EXACTLY I was doing while "creating" the website. There might be a sentence here and there where you get confused.

Still, for the most part the book does a very good job explaining the coding that you did, as well as covering the important things in depth. I like the process the beginner goes through and I think it's the best book for beginning ASP.NET 2.0 with C# out there. It doesnt get the best rating from me because it could have used a bit more editing. Definitely worth the money.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9990bbc4) out of 5 stars Worst layout of a book EVER!! July 22 2006
By RPW - Published on
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I've had this book for 5 days going back and forth over Chapter 1, Chapter 2 and Appendix B...they just don't connect like the book expects them to.

You won't be able to get past chapter 1 without pulling your hair out!

It talks about download files to C:\website\WrokUnited

but then talks about access files from C:\website\WrokUnitedCS

and also throws in another unknown directory named C:\BEGASPNET2.

There has only been 1 directory that we have been told to create, and was C:\website\WrokUnited and it was from Appendix B!!

I guess these are the problem you have when more than 1 author writes the one knows what the other is doing!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9990bb70) out of 5 stars Where's the code? June 26 2007
By Michael L. Friscia - Published on
Format: Paperback
Sorry, this book is great if you are a drag and drop type of web programmer. I think it is great that visual studio allows the ability to virtually drag and drop and entire data driven website. But my problem is that if you don't understand the code behind it, when something breaks you can't fix it since I am unaware of any drag and drop tools that do that for you.

My point being this book should have been titled. " with c# only using the free visual web developer IDE for people who don't want to know what the c# code really looks like or how to write programs with it."

The only reason I gave it 2 stars and not 1 is because my gripes aside, they do enforce a lot of Best Practice in the excercises.