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ASP.NET 3.5 Enterprise Application Development with Visual Studio 2008: Problem Design Solution 1st Edition

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ASP.NET 3.5 Enterprise Application Development with Visual Studio® 2008

If you are faced with the many challenges that come with delivering business applications, experienced author and ASP.NET expert Vince Varallo is here to help. He arms you with the necessary tools for developing ASP.NET applications with Visual Studio 2008 that are elegant, easy to maintain, and can be extended to create solutions for particular problems.

Putting Wrox's popular Problem – Design – Solution format into practice, each chapter features an individual scenario and provides a description of the problem to be addressed, the design considerations for choosing a solution, and the solution that ultimately gets to the bottom of the problem. As Varallo walks you through the solutions, each of the business requirements are examined, while the latest enhancements in ASP.NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008 are used so that you can implement them in a reusable framework. Packed with code samples, this hands-on guide will provide you with a foundation that you can extend to meet the specific business needs of your organization.

What you will learn from this book

  • New features in the .NET Framework 3.5 such as lambda expressions, extension methods, partial methods, LINQ, and ASP.NET Ajax controls

  • Design patterns for using LINQ to SQL in the data access layer

  • Best practices for using patterns for data entry, auditing, workflow, and event notification

  • How to develop and customize server side controls

  • How to create a dashboard using the ASP.NET web part controls

  • Implement the Microsoft Exception Handling App Block

Who this book is for

This book is for developers and system architects who are responsible for designing or developing enterprise-wide applications, departmental applications, portals, or any form of business application. Experience with Visual Studio, the .NET Framework, ASP.NET, and C# is helpful but not required.

About the Author

Vince Varallo has been developing applications for over twelve years using Microsoft technologies and is currently the Director of Application Development for MTI Information Technologies. He develops marketing applications for the pharmaceutical industry using ASP.NET and SQL Server. Prior to working at MTI, he worked in the clinical and the financial industries on a wide array of projects such as clinical data management systems, internal portals, and treasury workstation software. Vince enjoys exploring new technologies but always finds time for golf, biking, and watching the Phillies. He previously co-authored Professional Visual Basic 6: The 2003 Programmer’s Resource.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470396865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470396865
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Travis Illig on May 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
I read through this book thinking, with a title like "ASP.NET 3.5 Enterprise Application Development with Visual Studio 2008," that it would take me through creating an enterprise-class application, complete with all of the things one would think are a part of such an app. As it turns out, I think the title should be something more like "Introduction to N-Tier Development in ASP.NET."

Each chapter is set up in the same format, and it's a decent format - outline the problem, explain the design, implement the solution. The chapters are:

1) A Framework for Enterprise Applications
2) The Data Access Layer
3) Designing the Business Logic Layer
4) The User Interface Layer
5) Exception Handling
6) Role-Based Security
7) The Workflow Engine
8) Notifications
9) Reporting
10) The Query Builder Control
11) The Dashboard
12) Auditing
13) Code Generator

If you go in never having built a multi-tier app where you separate your data access from your business logic and your UI, this is a good intro to that. The explanation of the separation and showing how to keep those things separated is a good education for the ASP.NET developer who has only ever just thrown a DataSource on a page and let the controls do the work.

If you have any experience with multi-tier apps, though, the goodness, unfortunately, is not to be found. Even if you have a light amount of experience, I probably wouldn't recommend this book since it could do more damage than help. There are several reasons for this.

First, there are little things through the code that are just bad practice.

The naming conventions for everything in this book are absolutely horrible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Huynh on March 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
Read this book recently and found out how clear and concise the author explained how to build an application from beginning to end, with alot of extras also.

The author did a great job explaining the concept of building an n-tier web application and why it was import to have the separation. The reading was easy to understand and follow, as were the sample codes. Explanations of the code were very detailed, which made comprehending the code easy.

Another interesting concept the author added was the email service application that he included. It was a very "neat" way of implementing how notifications are sent out.

I would highly recommend this book to anybody looking to learn ASP.NET as well as building an enterprise level applicaton!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Mains on March 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
The ASP.NET Enterprise Application Development book, which is part of the Problem/Design/Solution series, is setup as a book that illustrates the problem first, then moves to the design (and looks at various design possibilities), and finishes up with the solution to implement. The sample project for this book is a time-tracking opportunity, an application to log employee's time.

Each chapter of the book looks to layout the fundamentals of a business application, starting with the data access, business, and presentation layers. The rest of the book is spent looking at the various features that the application needed (exception handling, security, workflow, etc.). Most of the scenarios in the chapters use a code-specific implementation to solving the problem, rather than using other tools available to developers (for instance, the workflow chapter doesn't leverage Windows Workflow Foundation). Though there are a few tools used, like Crystal Reports and Enterprise Library.

The book has an interesting approach in how it implements the business logic; business applications are much different than personal web sites and other application types because they depend on the success of their business rules. That is one of the focuses of the book, setting up how to structure your code so that you may handle the various business needs of the application.

The chapters that create specific features for the application (reporting, workflow, etc.) use a code-specific approach to creating these features. The book lays out the changes to the database and data model, illustrates the stored procedures for the change, and then moves into the design solution. Each new feature has a new ASP.NET page that he demonstrates fully along with any changes to styles, master pages, etc.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Dumond on April 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
For those who've been waiting for ASP.NET 3.5 Website Programming: Problem - Design - Solution to arrive, wait no further -- there's a great ASP.NET 3.5 P-D-S book on the shelves right now, and this is it.

This book faithfully follows the very popular Wrox "Problem - Design - Solution" format, evolving chapter by chapter while analyzing business requirements, examining various design scenarios, and implementing a beginning-to-end solution in a reusable framework. The book uses LINQ to SQL for data access (though you could easily adapt this to Entity Framework or your third-party ORM of choice), and unlike the BeerHouse books, the emphasis is more on developing line-of-business applications. It covers a lot of important material the 3.5 BeerHouse book won't go into, such as workflow, notification, reporting, and auditing. It also incorporates a number of current architectural trends, such as dynamic querying, code generation, and so on.

For those not familiar with author Vince Varallo, you are in for a treat. His writing style is clear, concise, and easy to follow. Explanations are well-detailed and are liberally augmented by code samples.

Still waiting for your BeerHouse fix? I urge you to give ASP.NET 3.5 Enterprise Application Development with Visual Studio 2008 Problem - Design - Solution a shot. All in all, a very highly recommended read.
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