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Murach's ASP.NET 2.0 Web Programming with C# 2005 Paperback – Mar 2006

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  • Paperback: 841 pages
  • Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates Inc (March 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890774316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890774318
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.3 x 4.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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About the Author

Anne Boehm has over 20 years of experience as an enterprise programmer. For the past 7 years, she's specialised in Visual Basic and .NET programming, and she's authored or co-authored books on VB.NET, ADO.NET, and ASP.NET. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This was a course I had feared, although the textbook was cheap online I had trouble understanding some of the content. Thankfully after reading it a few times and trying it out myself I was able to get a better understanding.

Great textbook for reference and for learning at least.
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The best book to take you from novice to intermediary with application development. It assumes you have an intermediate knowledge of C# or VB programming in the .Net environment depending on the book's language (2 seperate books) you have chosen to use and a basic understanding of HTML and XML. It covers all the core skills and knowledge you need to know about ASP.Net. The book is written to teach you the core skills with an application that flows throughout the book, yet it can be used as reference as every section of a chapter begins with a "how to" described on one page and code or diagrams on the opposite. Other than a few typos's and code fixes that every book has, this book is very comprehensive and succinct book that I have come across. It can be used with the free express versions of visual studio or the full blown editions of version 2005. I am an ex java programmer turned project manager and had no difficulty with the C# version of the book
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HASH(0xb3b7fe1c) out of 5 stars 4the Editon review June 16 2011
By George - Published on
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I noticed many of the reviews are for older editions to this book. Murach's ASP.NET programming books have been around for quite a while, with this one being the 4th edition. ASP.NET 4 was released a little over a year ago (April 2010, I believe). This book's release date shows April of this year (2011). So the older reviews might be helpful for a background on the book, but look for reviews after April 2011 for this book alone.
That being said, I have read many Murach's books over the years. They seem to follow a certain style. This one is no different.

The book takes the reader through building a website, while at the same time teaching the various aspects involved. Think the style is very useful for beginners and people coming over to the .NET framework as it applies to the web.
Because the reader is building a website, they get into areas that are not necessarily ASP.NET, such HTML, CSS and SQL. Still, they are areas that any .NET web developer should know.

The book is full of useful information on various topics that are helpful in the everyday world of web development. Topics like, forcing a page to use a secure connection, creating and handling shopping carts, handling back-button problems.

The chapter on AJAX was good with regards to the Microsoft's controls and how they work. With Microsoft including jQuery in with Visual Studio 2010 now, would have liked to see more of a discussion on jQuery had how it could have been used developing the book's website.
It is easy to pick up bits and pieces of ASP.NET 4, but this book endeavors to put it all together. I have liked Murach's books in the past and found this one to be of equal value.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3b84738) out of 5 stars Very thorough; a great guide to ASP.NET 2.0! April 26 2006
By S. Waletzko - Published on
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This book is a comprehensive tutorial that walks the reader through the basics of virtually every aspect of Web site programming in ASP.NET 2.0. The first half of the book is dedicated in part to programmers new to Web programming in general, or new to Web programming ASP.NET. The second half of the book delves deeper into more professional Web development techniques such as database access, SSL, user authentication and profiles, and even touching on Web services and reusable Web component design. Throughout, the authors do a good job of pointing out features that are new or specific to .NET 2.0, which makes this a valuable reference even for programmers with extensive ASP.NET development experience.

For every two pages in the book (it weighs in at nearly 900 pages) the content is repeated once in classic Murach style; the left-hand page is a detailed description of the concept being covered written in a conversational tone, and the right-hand page contains a recap of this discussion in bulleted-form, with screenshots and / or code samples. This layout is ideal for both novice and expert readers alike; beginners learn faster when a concept is restated / repeated, and experts can skim through the right-hand pages looking for content that is new to them.

The authors assume that the reader has a working knowledge of C# syntax (there is a VB version as well), but pretty much everything else involved in Web site development using ASP .NET 2.0 is explained in detail.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3b842c4) out of 5 stars Dynamic Web Pages the Microsoft Way April 8 2006
By John Matlock - Published on
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If you're even thinking about this book, you have an interest in or a project to do regarding connecting a database to a web site. This could be something simple like putting in a guest book, or more complex like a full fledged store. ASP.NET is Microsoft's vision of how this should be done (using purely Microsoft products of course).

The Microsoft products used in the ASP.NET approach include the operating system (Windows - possibly XP Professional, more likely Windows Server), Internet Information Service (the web server), Visual Studio (the integrated development environment that includes C# - pronounced 'C Sharp'), and the database (probably SQL Server).

The book covers these software products. It uses the Murach two-page presentation where the left hand page gives a text description of an issue, and the right hand side a more visual description of the same issue. I happen to like this format a great deal. One page tends to say the same thing in a different way. Sometimes one way is preferred (preferred means that I understand it better), sometimes the other.

If you're serious about this subject, I think you also will need a book on the SQL language for the particular database you will be using. SQL is a programming language all by itself. If you just use ASP, you will be tempted to do things in ASP that would be better done in a more complex SQL statement.

A great book, not for the total computer novice, but if you're planning a web site and want dynamic pages that have data coming out of a web site ....
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3b84c90) out of 5 stars Very easy to follow format June 16 2006
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I read most of this book over a weekend and that's a first for me. Generally, computer books are dry and boring. I was yet to finish reading any of them in its entirety and I have been programming for over a decade. But this book uses a clever approach of giving you expanded information on a topic on a page (generally the left one) and a bulleted summary description on the opposite page. So you can read the explanation, which is very well written, and then recap with the description. Or you can skip the explanation all together and still undertand the concept. The examples are good and illustrate the concepts quite well. The only reason I give this book four starts instead of five is that the database for the examples was specific to the MSDE version of SQL Server. I have both SQL Server 2000 and 2005 developer edition and could not attach the database to any of them. I was forced to download MSDE from Microsoft and intall it on my system. A waste of space in my opinion. The author should make available versions of the database of a higher version of SQL Server. Other than that, I am very happy to own this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3b84c78) out of 5 stars Great for Beginning Programmers!! Oct. 6 2011
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When I get a book to review that is an update from a previous book, I first check to see if it is only a book that adds a Chapter "What's New in `xxx' or is it truly revised throughout to present the material in a way that reflects the latest version of the subject matter. I then check to see what the professed purpose of the book is, who it is aimed at, and how well it meets both of these.

Murach's ASP.NET 4 Web Programming with C# 2010 is the successor to Murach's ASP.NET 3.5 Web Programming with C# 2008. Both books are aimed at the novice web programmer with the purpose of getting the programmer up speed as quickly as possible.

My answer to both of these questions is positive on both counts. Although a review of the table of contents would tend to indicate that Chapter titles and section titles are the same in both books, the material within has been updated and improved. A `newbie" can certainly become capable of creating websites using ASP.NET 4 and C# in short order within the first few chapters of this book. More advanced features and/or capabilities are added in a logical way building on previous chapters.

One of the best features of the book is the style in which material is presented. The facing page contains full code not just snippets to illustrate the topic being covered. This allows the user to fully see how each feature is correctly implemented. It also serves as a reinforcement of each item presented if you read through both the main page and the facing page. This serves to clarify each topic in a very positive way.

An excellent "Crash Course in HTML and CSS" is presented in Chapter 5 with good examples etc. This serves as an excellent foundation to understanding what is happening on both the server and client.

Additionally Exercises have been added at the end of each chapter to ensure the reader can use the material presented in each chapter.

The new features in ASP.NET 4 are mostly covered in a way that incorporates them at the most logical point in the book. Comparisons to earlier methods are shown etc. The main new feature that's covered is WCF services, the successor to web services in earlier editions of this book.
This book is also laid out in a very logical manner, allowing it to serve as a reference manual after initially using it for instructional use. The fully expanded table of contents makes it very easy to find any topic.

Overall, I would have no trouble recommending this book to anyone who wanted to learn how to program in ASP.NET 4. My one reservation is that ASP.NET 4.5 will be released in the next few months and you might want to wait until the next revision of this book is published that includes those new features.

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