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ASP.NET For Dummies

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ASP.NET examples, tools, and more on CD-ROM

Create complete ASP.NET applications: Cafe Chat Room and Classy Classifieds

Harness next-generation ASP.NET features to create dynamic Web applications Whether you're a Web development newcomer or a Classic ASP veteran, this friendly guide is just what you need to tap the power of the totally revamped ASP.NET. From Visual Basic.NET fundamentals and object-oriented techniques to using Web Forms to create interactive pages and harnessing ADO.NET to retrieve information and update databases, it's just what you need to take your pages to the next level.

all this on the bonus CD-ROM Complete source code for Cafe Chat Room, Classy Classifieds, Guestbook, and many more examples Eiffellanguage plug-in for ASP.NET Controls and Components: Sax Basic Engine ASP.NET Editors: ASPEdit 2001, Helios TextPad, and Antechinus C# Editor System requirements: PC running an ASP.NET hosting service or Internet Information Server on Windows.NET/XP/2000/NT 4.0. See the About the CD appendix for details and complete system requirements.

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About the Author

About the Author Bill Hatfield is the best-selling author of several computer books, including two editions of Active Server Pages For Dummies (on Classic ASP) as well as Visual InterDev For Dummies and Creating Cool VBScript Web Pages (all from Hungry Minds, Inc.). He is also the editor of .NET Developer and ActiveWeb Developer, two technical journals from Pinnacle Publishing for professional developers using Microsoft technologies. He's an independent corporate trainer and maintains a Web site ( dedicated to helping developers solve problems. He works from his home in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he now has a real baby (and therefore he can stop dressing up the cat in little outfits).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies (November 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764508660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764508660
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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85 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Webmaster At on November 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
In its 420 printed pages, ASP.NET for Dummies covers the key topics to get you up and running with ASP.NET. You learn the basics of obtaining and displaying information on your sites. You learn how to use built-in functions such as date routines, math routines, and browser routines. You even learn how to work with data and databases on the server. This includes coverage of Active Data Objects (ADO) - a key way of doing database access. Building ASP.NET Web forms is covered in detail along with using server side controls ranging from radio buttons to drop down lists. Programming topics such as arrays, array lists, and hash tables are also explained as well as shown in examples.
While ASP.NET for Dummies is "for Dummies," you should already be familiar with programming concepts. As with most Active Server Page-related books, ASP.NET for Dummies uses Visual Basic .NET as its choice of programming languages. If you don't know Visual Basic .NET, don't fret. The book spends several chapters teaching the basics of what you need to know in order to program for ASP.NET. If you have never programmed before, you will most likely find that this moves too fast. However, if you know a scripting language such as JavaScript or VBScript you should have no trouble keeping up with the coverage of Visual Basic .NET in this book.
It is worth pointing out that this book doesn't stop at just covering the creation of ASP.NET pages, but it also covers creating full-fledge ASP.NET applications. The book presents a couple of ASP.NET applications that are larger and more practical than standard book examples. Within the text of the book a chat room and a classified application are both included. On the CD there is also a guest book application. Code for all three applications is on the CD.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ash Mahajan on June 30, 2002
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I have used this book to help teach a beginning class in ASP.NET. I myself was new to this platform when I took on this class. Both myself and my students really appreciated this book. In particular I liked the fact that the author did not assume any knowledge of OO, .net framework, VB.NET, VB, and/or classic ASP. His code samples build in complexity over the span of the book, and I worked through 90% of the examples in the book and found them to be almost entirely error-free. If you already know something about web development, the HTML in this book may not entirely meet your "standards", but that's not the focus of this book. While reading the book may give you a good overview, the real value will come from actually typing the code. There are many ASP.NET books that are for beginners, but this one assumes very little knowledge on your part. I evaluated the "ASP.NET Step by Step" by MS Press, and the "Beginning ASP.NET using VB.NET" from Wrox Pub. as possible candidates for my course text, and while both of these books are exhaustive and excellent, they lack the simplicity and humor of this Dummies book. If you are a programmer who is migrating to the ASP.NET platform, perhaps you will be better served by these other candidates from MS Press and Wrox Pub. However, if you are not a programmer, then this Dummies book is the way to go. As a final piece of advice I would suggest that you supplement this book with other books/articles/online sources that speak more to the theory of topics such as "Web Services", "J2EE versus .net", "SOAP, XML", etc. Overall, I give this book two thumbs up and five stars without hesitation!!!
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jeffry Houser on February 9, 2003
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I've been doing web development for over 7 years. I have a Computer Science Degree and have written 3 books on ColdFusion. I bought this book for a really quick intro to .NET development.
Did I get it? Yes! The book seemed to be very well organized. The writing was solid and straight forward. I had no problem understanding or reading this book. I thought the chapter explaining how to get data out of a database was particularly good.
Now I can't give this book five stars. Why? There is too much information on web forms (I believe it was 5 chapters). The author tells us to forget everything we know about regular HTML forms. Web Forms are just a layer of abstraction over regular HTML forms (They submit onto themselves), it seems like a bad approach to understanding them. A full chapter is dedicated to 'fixing' web forms to deal with problems that come up when a form that submits onto itself. I don't see the benefit of using them and everyone I've spoken to who uses them is having major performance issues in production.
I can understand that web forms are a big thing touted by microsoft, but I would have preferred to see less real estate for web forms and have other topics, such as error handling, put into this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 2002
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I am an HTML developer who works with ASP websites all the time. I do not know ASP nor VB, but I wanted to learn ASP.NET because I know it will be everywhere in a year or so. I've had good luck with the 24 Hours/21 Days series from Sams Publishing so I got that book first. Big mistake.
I must have read the first three chapters three or four times and I was still confused. The author assumed a lot of knowledge of VB and ASP and I was totally and completely frustrated.
The other day I purchased ASP.NET for Dummies and I absolutely love this book. If you've never written ASP or worked with VB then this is the book you neeed to get. Bill explains everything in a simple way and each code example is explained.
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