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ASP.NET 4 Unleashed Hardcover – October 24, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0672331121 ISBN-10: 0672331128 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Unleashed
  • Hardcover: 1920 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (October 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672331128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672331121
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.2 x 2.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 (


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


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I recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn and use
Mr. Rolan E. Logan
Since all the sample code can be downloaded from the companion website, I really don't understand what was the point of that.
Denis C.
I always learn something knew when i open this book up and read it.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have been working with ASP since the initial beta came out back in 1997. As anyone can attest, working with ASP was both exciting and extremely frustrating. ASP.NET changed all that.

From one release to another, Microsoft has continued to improve upon its flagship product for developing Web Pages. What once was a hair pulling experience, has now become a more rewarding adventure.

With the new Visual Studio 2010 and ASP.NET 4, Microsoft has once again raised the bar on things you can do with a web page.
Trying to get a handle on all of the changes can be a daunting task. Not to belittle Microsoft, but their documentation this go around is probably the worst that ever came out of Redmond.

But thanks to books like ASP.NET 4 Unleashed, that is no longer an insurmountable hurdle. What Kevin Hoffman and Nate Dudek have done to Stephen Walther's book is fantastic.

Continuing in the same vein, they run through the every part of ASP.NET programming. From the base controls that mirror their HTML counterparts, to the more rich controls that really bring life to your applications, this book details it all.
One of the things I liked best was that they not only gave an example of how to use a control, but they gave you an explanation as to WHY you would use the control.

With data access being so much a part of a web sites life these days, they devote over 380 pages to extracting data from a data source and displaying it on within your site. With great examples of GridView, DetailView, FormView, Repeater, ListView and even the Chart Controls, you will have your site displaying data and looking sharp in no time.

I personally appreciated the section on Themes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C J Marsh on December 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I read this book recently from the perspective of an experienced .NET developer who hasn't done much web application development for a while. I found it to be an excellent resource on ASP.NET, but I suspect that it might be a bit overwhelming for the novice. For the intermediate to advanced developer however, it's an invaluable reference. The subject matter is addressed in a sensible manner, with good explanations and examples. The order in which areas of ASP.NET are covered works well, moving from basic to more complex topics. I would recommend either reading this from cover to cover, or just dipping into it as a reference - both are useful.

The reader is initially given a good introduction to the ASP .NET framework and how it works, moving to an explanation of some of the basic controls and how they should be used. The explanations and examples were good, and this section would probably be sufficient for a web developer to get up and running with the framework. Next, the authors mainly talk about centralised presentation - following on from part 1 this would probably be enough to get a web developer working on a real project in conjunction with a software engineer.

The next section talks in detail about the basic mechanisms for consuming and displaying data; I particularly liked the thorough treatment of the GridView control. By the time you've finished with this section you'll be in a position to develop simple web applications that are consistently styled and able to retrieve and persist non-volatile data. Having said this, the book is structured more as a reference with examples, so IMO a novice may need to spend a bit of time on these sections playing around with the examples to gain a firm understanding of the concepts.

Experienced .
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Witerski on January 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Let me start by saying that I am Software Architect with over 30 years in the business, and have been through the entire MS suite. I am primarily an infrastructure type guy focused on frameworks, web services and back end database base optimizations using C# and some VB.Net. I spend 15-20% of my time on ASP.Net, and have been working with ASP.Net for 5 years now. Over that period of time I have collected the usual plethora of SAMS, WROX, O'Reilly, and Microsoft books on ASP.Net.

I have to agree with most of the other reviews that have been written about this book. At 1781 pages, it is a well laid out, complete, good looking reference text for a beginner or intermediate user only. It lacks the gory technical details for us subject matter expert types and leaves you wanting more. Because of all my other ASP.Net material, when I read this book I felt like I had seen all this material before and the authors did a poor job pointing out exactly what was NEW in ASP.Net 4.0. For almost $60.00 US I felt a little cheated.

I was able to identify the new charting control, the new URL routing engine, and the use of the ADO.Net entity framework as new material in ASP.Net 4.0. Not so sure that was worth $60 US to me.

The code samples are extensive and all work. You do need a copy of VS2010 however.

If you're new to ASP.Net, or are looking for quick desk reference, this is an excellent choice.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Denis C. on December 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book tries to cover a lot of ground and that makes it a convenient all-in-one reference for beginners interested in finding out about different aspects of creating web apps with ASP.NET. However, this also makes the book pretty shallow, since the more things you want to touch, the less in depth you can go about any particular one of them when trying to keep the book to a reasonable size. Granted, it's a big subject and entire books can be written about any one of the chapters presented here. But even at close to 1900 pages, this book doesn't really offer a whole lot of information and the reason for that is that at least half the book is spent on displaying full source code and various graphics of configuration windows or browser renderings. Since all the sample code can be downloaded from the companion website, I really don't understand what was the point of that. Why spend 3 pages to display neatly formatted contents of the an entire .aspx page, when there are only 3 lines that pertain to the subject being discussed in that chapter? Or what's the point of wasting a whole page displaying a base-64 encoded string of ViewState, when simply stating that your page size increased from 5K to 15K because of it would suffice? This book could've been scaled down to about 1000 pages without sacrificing much content or legibility by eliminating such excesses.

The authors state that the book can be used as a reference for experienced developers and I disagree with that.
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