From the Back Cover
Following in the tradition of the earlier ASP.NET Unleashed books,ASP.NET 4.0 Unleashedis the one and only indispensable book for building ASP.NET websites. The ASP.NET framework is huge. The size and richness of the framework requires and deserves a comprehensive book on the features of ASP.NET 4.0. This book will contain hundreds of code samples and in-depth tutorials on nearly every aspect of the ASP.NET 4.0 framework. It includes thorough coverage of eagerly awaited new features such as MVC and the Entity Framework. The author, Stephen Walther, is perfectly qualified to write this book. He works as a Program Manager on the Microsoft ASP.NET team, giving him an intimate and inside knowledge of ASP.NET. Over the previous 8 years before re-joining Microsoft, Stephen provided ASP.NET training and consulting for companies and organizations across the US, so he knows the topics that are most relevant to professional ASP.NET developers. Finally, Stephen is a well-known member of the ASP.NET community. He is a Microsoft Software Legend, a frequent speaker for INETA, and a frequent speaker at conferences such as TechEd and ASP.NET Connections.
About the Author
Stephen Walther is a Senior Program Manager on the Microsoft ASP.NET team. He works on ASP.NET Web Forms and ASP.NET Ajax. Before joining Microsoft, his company provided training and consulting for organizations such as NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, the National Science Foundation, and Verizon. Walther got his start with the World Wide Web by dropping out of MIT and developing two large commercial websites. He created the Collegescape website, used by more than 200 colleges (including Harvard, Stanford, and MIT) to accept online college applications. He also developed the CityAuction website, the auction website used by both Snap! and CitySearch. He is the author of several editions of ASP.NET Unleashed.
Kevin Hoffman has been programming since he was 10 years old, when he got his hands on a Commodore VIC-20 and learned BASIC. He has eaten, slept, and breathed code ever since. He has written applications for scientific instruments, military applications, small businesses, and Fortune 500 enterprises on virtually every platform and language ranging from Symbol Barcode readers running PalmOS to the iPhone, ASP.NET, Rails, and everything in between. Kevin is the chief systems architect for Exclaim Computing, where he builds custom architectures and application solutions for a wide range of clients and industries. He regularly contributes to articles for magazines such as MSDN Magazine and is the author of the Kotan Code blog (http://www.kotancode.com).
Nate Dudek is the development lead for Exclaim Computing, a company focused on providing technology solutions for a variety of platforms, including mobile, web, enterprise, and cloud computing. He has presented at conferences, written several articles, and is constantly mentoring and teaching developers on software development best practices, software architecture, and new technologies.
For the past ten years, Nate has architected and developed software for a variety of industries, including real-time systems for power utilities, enterprise resource planning systems for service-based companies, and eCommerce systems for web businesses. He holds a B.S. degree in computer science from Clarkson University with a minor in software engineering and mathematics. Nate writes about all areas of technology on his blog, Caffeine Dependency Injection, at http://www.caffeinedi.com.