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ASP.NET 2.0: A Developer's Notebook [Kindle Edition]

Wei-Meng Lee
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Book Description

When ASP.NET hit the street a couple of years ago, it was a real eye-opener. Microsoft's tool for creating dynamic, server side web applications introduced Web Forms, a feature with the same rapid drag and drop convenience enjoyed by Visual Basic developers, along with a method for creating XML-based web services. ASP.NET was more than an upgrade of Active Server Pages it was a quantum leap ahead.Now Microsoft has a new version of ASP.NET as part of its upcoming next generation release of the Visual Studio .NET development platform. ASP.NET 2.0 is already available in beta release, and web developers are anxious to get a good look at it. That's exactly what our new Developer's Notebook allows you to do.More than just an introduction to ASP.NET 2.0, this practical guide acquaints you with all of the new features through nearly 50 hands-on projects. Each one places emphasis on changes in the new release that can increase productivity, simplify programming tasks, and help you add functionality to your applications. For example, ASP.NET 2.0 includes master pages, themes, and skins so you can build applications with a consistent page layout and design. Other changes allow for the automatic creation of web pages for use on mobile devices, while wizards and controls allow you to perform frequent tasks (like data access) without having to write a single line of code.ASP.NET 2.0: A Developer's Notebook also includes suggestions for further experimentation, links to on-line documentation, and practical notes and warnings from the author regarding changes to the new version.The new Developer's Notebooks series from O'Reilly offers an in-depth first look at important new tools for software developers. Emphasizing example over explanation and practice over theory, they focus on learning by doing you'll get the goods straight from the masters, in an informal and code-intensive style. If you want to get up to speed on ASP.NET 2.0 before its official release, this all lab, no lecture book will get you there.

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About the Author

Wei-Meng Lee (Microsoft .NET MVP) is a technologist and co-founder of Active Developer, a technology company specializing in hands-on training on the latest technologies. He is an established developer and trainer specializing in .NET and wireless technologies.Wei-Meng speaks regularly at international conferences and has authored and co-authored numerous books on .NET, XML and wireless technologies, including .Net Mobile Web Developer's Guide, C#.Net Web Developer's Guide with CDROM, VB.NET Developer's Guide with CDROM, and Webmaster's Guide to the Wireless Internet (Syngress). He writes extensively for the O'Reilly Network on topics ranging from .NET to Mac OS X. He is also the author of Windows XP Unwired (O'Reilly & Associates) and is currently working on Programming the .NET Compact Framework, also from O'Reilly.

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  • File Size: 3927 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (June 7, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR2OK
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Overview of What ASP.NET 2.0 Offers August 11, 2005
ASP.NET 2.0: A Developer's Notebook for any programmer that wants to jump right in and discover what v2.0 has to offer. For anyone that is looking for an ASP.NET 2.0 reference book, this isn't what you are looking for. If you want a guide that will give you and overview of all the neat new features of what MSFT's newest set of toys gives you, this is a great guide.

The Author breaks the book into the major new parts of what ASP.NET brings to the table, highlighting the following topics:

- Improved posting to self pages and other pages

- Improved validation routines in 2.0

- Creating image maps with ADO.NET

- Creating master pages for a web site (very cool)

- Using TreeView controls on your page

- Adding drop-down menus to your site

- Using Web Parts to separate content on your pages

- Learning how GridView replaces DataGrid for viewing data

- Improved data caching with 2.0

- XML communication all throughout ASP.NET (how-to)

- Improved security in 2.0

These are just the major points that I have gotten out of this book, and it's quite a bit. Again, if you are looking at this book as a reference, this isn't what you are looking for. There are examples of all these topics, but the Author expects that you have some ASP and/or ASP.NET experience if you are using this book. This book is meant to be a "notebook" where it quickly gets to the heart of the matter, instead of dragging on and on and that's exactly what the user does.

For existing ASP.NET developers or any web developer who wants to learn why .NET is the present and future of web development, this is a great guide to learning all the new tricks that the wizards at Microsoft have come up with. I recommend this book to all web developers and I think you will find it extremely useful in your web careers.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Developres - By Developers... Finally December 27, 2005
ASP.NET 2.0: A Developer's Notebook, part of a new series by O'Reilly Media, takes a radically different approach to code-oriented textbooks, and it's about time. O'Reilly has done something wonderful in realizing that most developers simply don't have the time to read through 1200-page books trying to learn every little detail about a subject.

Instead, we usually only have a matter of days (hours if we're really unlucky) to learn enough about the language we're using to make the project work. That's what this book is about... getting the job done. This books aims to be the brain of a great developer poured onto paper. You won't find useless chapters on theory or elaborate references of class hierarchies and object properties. What you will find is page after page of hands-on code examples that you can actually use.

Topics covered include:

* Master pages, themes, and skins for easily creating a consistent look throughout your site

* The Web Parts Framework (WPF) for building portal applications

* Security and membership controls for managing user authentication

* Data access via new data source controls and the GridView component

* Performance tuning your site by pre-compiling and fragment caching.

ASP.NET 2.0: A Developer's Notebook is a book for developer's who would rather learn by coding instead of just reading. This is the perfect book for developers familiar with ASP.NET 1.x who're looking to make the jump to ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005 without wasting every second of their free time. It throws you into the code immediately, allowing you to learn by example. The code samples are all easy to follow and you can re-use them in your own applications. This is a must-have for anyone trying to learn ASP.NET 2.0.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just what the doctor ordered September 9, 2005
just bought this book today and motoring thru it.

It is so orentated to a developer, I have been using VB since version3 and have bitten the bullet so I can do more, faster and better with net2.0

Things I liked about the book is that it is thin and its core stuff to 'just make it work'.

I can quickly be productive, build on my confidence and know where to learn more 'as and when I need it' and not get saturated with needless feature details. The book does seem to be all lab and is very suitable for those practical/kinesethic types that learn by getting their hands dirty and playing with something - it might not suit people who need to know everything before they start. Also the print style is very easy on the eyes, looks like someone has made margine notes in it and ample space for your own notes to. Wish this was the first book on ASP.NET2 I had bought.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has the right stuff August 5, 2005

By Wei-Meng Lee

Published by O'Reilly

ISBN 0596008120

Reviewed by Steven Mullins-HuNTUG member

Well let me say this was so chocked full of stuff I am still trying some of the tips and examples even after a month of reading it all the way through.

This has been the first book on .NET that has really shown the web page building that can be done. This has been a great read for the point of building a web space there are so many examples that is hard to keep up with all of them. This book really surprised me with the chapter 5 (Security), the last three of four books I have read or looked over have had very little to say about security and this was broken down from simple log-on to using the WAT (Website Administration Tool) to add users and even how to hash passwords.

One last thought was how well this book flowed; there are a lot of books that make it so that you have to do all the exercises in sequence to get the examples to work but with the O'Reilly books you can go straight to the chapter you want to work on and go right to it, that one point has made my last few book selections rather easy.

O'Reilly has the right stuff when it comes to real life work to get done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful For Beginners and Mid-level Developers
This is a well-written, easy-to-use book hitting the main points of ASP.NET 2.0. I've never read it cover-to-cover, but have gotten great use from it as a reference manual when I... Read more
Published on October 18, 2006 by James Holmes
3.0 out of 5 stars good introduction to ASP.NET 2.0
This is a pretty good introduction to ASP.NET 2.0 for folks who are already familiar with ASP.NET 1.1. All of the examples are in VB. Read more
Published on September 2, 2006 by Andrew Huey
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Beyond the Basics
This is a great book for taking your ASP.NET 2.0 skills beyond the basics. Learn valuable skills for improving your web sites such as data caching, partial page caching and... Read more
Published on June 18, 2006 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars An expensive paperweight
I really have not gained anything from this book. I bought the book having extensive 1.1 experience with a bit of 2.0 experience.

The examples are way to simplistic. Read more
Published on June 8, 2006 by Matthew Kull
4.0 out of 5 stars Get your hands dirty with 2.0
I bought this book after reading a couple of chapters at a local bookstore. It's very hands on, totally gets the job done. Read more
Published on April 24, 2006 by Maneesh Khare
5.0 out of 5 stars All Lab, No Lecture
This is definitely a book written by a developer for developers. The author assumes that you are familiar with ASP.NET 1.0 or 1.1 and Visual Studio.NET. Read more
Published on March 28, 2006 by Toi B. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the perfect Start to ASP.Net 2.0
I had working knowledge of ASP.Net 1.1 and this was the perfect book to move to ASP 2.0.

After going through this book I bought some thick ones from Wrox and to my... Read more
Published on February 7, 2006 by Techno
3.0 out of 5 stars Good tutorials and content, but it's all in VB.Net only
I was excited to get my hands on this book and check out the tutorials until I realized that they are all in VB.Net. No C# examples are to be found anywhere in the book. Read more
Published on October 16, 2005 by iOS Software Developer
2.0 out of 5 stars Shotgun writing style didn't work for me
If I had to sum this book up in one word, it would be 'scatterbrained' ...

I have referenced it a few times; most of those times I have found the topic I was looking for... Read more
Published on September 23, 2005 by Craig E. Poley
2.0 out of 5 stars Samples dont work without changes
In my daily buisness I appreciate those books that don't need much work for installing the samples. Either you open always a new project for each mini sample or the better way... Read more
Published on September 5, 2005 by Daniel Garavaldi
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