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ASP.NET AJAX in Action Paperback – September 3, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1933988146 ISBN-10: 1933988142

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications (September 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933988142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933988146
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alessandro "Garbin" Gallo is a Microsoft MVP in the Visual ASP/ASP.NET category and has been an active contributor for the Ajax Control Toolkit project. As a .NET developer/consultant with a primary focus on ASP.NET application design and development, Alessandro has been developing with ASP.NET AJAX since the very first CTP. Notably, he won the Grand Prize at the Mash-it-up with ASP.NET AJAX contest held by Microsoft in 2006.


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Very well written.
R. Callicotte
This is only one of two books out of my collection of 15 books that I have recently purchased in the last couple of years that I would consider excellent.
David Krinker
I highly recommend this book both for beginners who want to start with ASP.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jason Jung on September 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
I don't normally give a rave review about books unless I was really satisfied with the book, but this book really is a great book.

First of all, apart from it being an ASP.NET AJAX book, one of things I consider when buying a book is the overall flow of the book - the flows between paragraphs and the flows between chapters. On that note, ASP.NET Ajax in Action has a great flow. Especially the transitions of the book and the divisions of the chapters were well put into the book, so it could feel like reading a novel in some cases.

On the technical side, I like technical books that have a lot of examples that make good sense. This book is full of examples, which is very imporant for understanding a new technology. Another thing I like about th book is the detailed examplanations of the ASP.NET Ajax foundations. For example, it doesn't talk about UpdatePanel until Chatper 6 and 7, which most of ASP.NET developers like to just use for quick development. However, this book does a good job of illustrating the overall architecure of the Ajax framework, and does not neglect that Javascript is also a big part in developing Ajax-enabled websites. Unlike other ASP.NET Ajax books, this book has a few chapters dedicated to client-centric ASP.NET Ajax development, which is necessary for building hard-core ajax sites and components.

To conclude, this book is a must-have for asp.net developers and you can use it as both a reference book and a learning material.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Eric W. Engler on August 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
I do a lot of reading, and to the best of my knowledge my personal .NET book collection is bigger than anyone else's. The first thing I noticed about this book is the smooth and highly readable writing style - very rare to see in a technical book. As I read through the chapters it became clear to me that the content was no less stunning than the readability! The charts and tables are not merely a reprint of MSDN, and the authors dominated the subject without making it dry like a reference manual.

It was obviously their goal to ensure that readers already familiar with ASP.NET in general would become a subject expert on AJAX just by studying this book. The real world example code stands alone among the other books: this code works and it is highly relevant instead of being a bunch of contrived example snippets! There is no better book on ASP.NET AJAX.

I am looking for any other books from these authors - I'll order them without even thinking about it. There's a very short list of authors about whom I can make that statement. And I'll keep my eye on the Manning publishing company from now on. They know how to edit books well, and they selected the best authors available.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Christian Graus on October 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
I had written off ASP.NET AJAX as bloated and for beginners until I bought this excellent book. While I have done AJAX by hand in the past, I'm now a convert to the advantages of leveraging this powerful library. I highly recommend this book both for beginners who want to start with ASP.NET AJAX and those professionals looking to either leverage this library, or to be convinced that they need to.

The book is full of practical examples that I was able to apply immediately to my code, as well as thorough explanations that enabled me to expand on and understand the code provided
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. E. Karasek on December 30, 2008
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The book is an excellent book because it really describes what exactly happens in the ASP and AJAX post back process, and details the application interface models. It also contains an excellent tutorial for working with Javascript in the context of the Microsoft AJAX implementation with ScriptManager.

While there is a book web site with some updates, I feel that an updated book would be helpful that includes information about working with Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and JSON. Perhaps this is already in the works.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By maddog on December 26, 2008
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I thought this was a nice book till I got to ch 5. It seems that the quality of the whole book goes downhill at this point. In ch 5 I found the sample code wouldnt run. After spending too much time trying to fix it, I went to the author forum and asked for help. Within a few days, one of the authors posted a revised version of the code with updated connection data. Well this code could now connect but it had a slew of new errors. All in all I spent over a day trying to get this sample app work!. When I buy a programming textbook, I expect that code toworking. Being an experienced programmer I can fix typos and small errors, though I shouldnt have to - but difficult errors coupled with the fact that I dont yet properly understand the material just make matters confusing and discouraging. Code problems aside, the book seems to become rather breezy and slapdash from ch 5 on.

There is useful material in this book and it has some value but, overall, its a disappointment
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Heyer on October 14, 2007
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ASP.NET brought its own structure to the task of web development, formalizing some common practices and building a classical Visual/RAD development environment upon them. ASP.NET AJAX brings this into the realm of asynchronous communication, partial page updates, and client scripting. It's hardly the be-all, end-all of client-side development - but for the task of adding a faster, smoother, AJAX-style experience to an existing, postback-heavy ASP.NET site, it is well-developed set of tools.

This is not an AJAX book. It's a book on a framework, one which builds on another framework, and which uses AJAX techniques as a means to its ends. Frameworks change the game: as the name suggests, they're designed and used for the purpose of providing structure, but not necessarily easy access to a specific technology or techique. You will read this book to learn what that structure is, how to use it, and how to work around its limitations.

And you will learn it. This book is ruthless - everything an ASP.NET developer might need to know to move up to AJAX.NET gets pulled in, from a thorough Javascript chapter to basic authentication and cross-site-scripting security to the improvements coming in the forthcoming Orcas release, to common patters for use. I fully expected it to fall into the "tutorial-wrapped reference manual" trap that so many of these books do, but it never does. Nor does it spend too much time on any one topic. We get an introduction, discussion, example, further resources... and on to the next one.

The writing style is formal but not stiff, and relatively free of the sorts of scatter-shot proofing that seem all too common with first-edition technical books. Diagrams and code samples are clear, attractive, and plentiful.
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