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ASP.NET 2.0 Instant Results

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From the Back Cover

If you're looking to quickly create dynamic Web pages with ASP.NET 2.0, your programming efforts just got a whole lot easier. Featuring a dozen ready-to-use projects on the book's CD-ROM that you can use immediately, this reference is a helpful guide that dives into working code so you can learn it rapidly.

Each project features step-by-step set-up instructions. The description of each project enables you to understand and then modify it so you can reuse it in different situations. By the end of the book, you'll be on the fast track to creating your own site from scratch.

CD-ROM includes the source code for all 12 projects

  • Online diary and organizer
  • File share
  • Chat server
  • Survey engine
  • CMS
  • Blog
  • Photo album
  • Customer support site
  • WebShop
  • Appointment booking system
  • Greeting cards
  • Bug base

Who this book is for

This book is for intermediate-level programmers with some .NET experience who need a quick-start reference book so they can use ASP.NET 2.0 at once.

Instant Results guides are packed with unique, ready-to-use projects that are perfect for the busy programmer. They require minimal set-up, and can be modified, enhanced, and reused in real-world situations.

About the Author

Imar Spaanjaars graduated in Leisure Management from the Leisure Management School in the Netherlands, but quickly changed his career path into the Internet world. After working for a large corporation and doing some freelance work, he is now working for Design IT, an IT company in the Netherlands that specializes in Internet and Intranet applications built with Microsoft technologies like ASP.NET. As a software designer and lead developer, he’s responsible for designing, building, and implementing medium- to large-scale e-commerce web sites and portals.
Before this book on ASP.NET 2.0, Imar wrote two books about Macromedia Dreamweaver, called Beginning Dreamweaver MX and Beginning Dreamweaver MX 2004, both published under the Wrox brand.
Imar is also one of the top contributors to the Wrox Community Forums at where he shares his knowledge with fellow programmers.
Imar lives in Utrecht, the Netherlands. You can contact him through his web site at

Paul Wilton got an initial start as a Visual Basic applications programmer at the Ministry of Defense in the UK before finding himself pulled into the Net. Having joined an Internet development company, he spent three years helping create Internet solutions. He’s now running his own company developing online holiday property reservation systems.
Paul’s main skills are in developing web front ends using DHTML, JavaScript, and VBScript as well as back-end solutions with ASP, ASP.NET, Visual Basic, and SQL Server.

Shawn Livermore (MCAD, MCSD, PMP) [] has been architecting and developing Microsoft-based solutions for nearly a decade. Shawn consults as an architect for Fortune 500 clientele, leveraging time-proven methodologies and exceptional communications, within highly visible projects. His range of technical competence stretches across platforms, but specializes within Microsoft .NET development and server-based products such as Biztalk and SQL Server, among others.
His experience implementing enterprise-level Microsoft solutions is extensive and has led to successful business ventures with numerous firms.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox (March 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471749516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471749516
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,775,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Santa-Maria on August 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
The only reason I give this book a 4-star review is the fact that I wish it said somewhere in the description that the code provided as VB, and that there was no C# examples.

The examples work very good for the most part, with a few corrections and the publisher's forum for this book is a great source of info. Imar, one of the authors, has been very helpful in helping me translate one of the chapters to C#.

Definitively not a beginner's book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on July 14, 2006
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While I don't think this book is the one I'd pick for my first introduction to ASP.NET, I think it just might well be the second. It's a great concept that I haven't seen before. Basically the book consists of twelve web applications that are coded in ASP.NET, these include:

* Online diary and organizer

* File share

* Chat server

* Survey engine


* Blog

* Photo album

* Customer support site * WebShop

* Appointment booking system

* Greeting cards

* Bug base

You can start by looking over these applications to pick up a bunch of programming techniques that these authors (who have a lot more experience in ASP.NET than I do) use in their coding. There is a pretty good chance that one of these applications might well serve as an ideal starting point for the next application you're starting on. Using this working application as a starting point you can start making changes a little at a time rather than having to start programming with a blank sheet of paper.

I'm sure that a purist programmer will say that you should start with a blank sheet, but remember that we are talking about beginning to intermediate users. The publisher calls this series of books 'Programmer to Programmer.' Here you have a trio of pros showing how it should be done. The pro programmers in your organization don't have the time to work with the beginners.

Of course there's a CD with all the code so you don't have to re-type it.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Phelan on May 10, 2006
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I'm new to ASP programming and have read a number of ASP and ASP related books. In a nutshell, this book helped put all the pieces together. The other books showed me how to use all of the various features in isolation, but when I sat down to actually build a site I had trouble deciding which tool to use and how best to make everything work together.

This book contains 12 real-world examples demonstrating the most important features that I would like to incorporate in my sites. Each chapter of the book is an in depth explanation of each application. While I bought this book merely to serve as a reference for implementing features I was having trouble with, I've found it extremely profitable to go chapter-by-chapter reading the explanation of each application. Reading this book is like being able to pick the brain of an experienced developer regarding applications he has written.

Unless you are an experienced ASP developer you'll almost certainly want to purchase a traditional ASP book, but I highly recommend this book as an additional resource to help put all the pieces together!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Richard White on May 15, 2006
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I operate a small yet dynamic web design/ development business where time is of the essence and sometimes we may not have the time to study new languages as they are released.

The approach we decided to take was to purchase a range of books based on languages that are currently in demand and in our own time self study or tackle the theory when needed. This has proved to be a key factor in our current success.

The only issue I had found was the majority of the books available teach you key principals but not necessarily an array of concepts in which these principals are applied. This is where ASP.NET 2.0 Instant Results fell from the heavens into my book collection.

ASP.NET 2.0 Instant Results puts the concepts first followed by key factors used to implement them.

Action Learning

Before starting my business I worked with an organisation based on a Philosophy called Action Learning which integrates learning with work rather than learning first and apply your new found skills afterwards. One of the key benefits of this philosophy is that the experience you gain through learning at work enables you to remember it for a lot longer... experiential learning!

I have found that the way in which I use ASP.NET 2.0 Instant Results integrates with my style of learning as I use its concepts/ resources when appropriate plus its direct style of writing is effective in my approach. .. similar to reference material.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeff K. on May 3, 2007
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[...] ASP.NET 2.0 Instant Results helps you quickly create dynamic Web pages with ASP.NET 2.0." This description made me think this book would offer "step-by-step" examples of how to go about designing and building .net applications from scratch. In fact, the opposite is true.

This book works in reverse, by offering you several already made applications, then the authors discuss how the applications function, the classes, controls and so forth. The only instruction you will get to "quickly create dynamic web pages" is from yourself, after you have studied all the examples and learned enough to do it on your own!

Now, this is good stuff, don't get me wrong. However, the term [...] instant results" is completely misused when refering to this book. You will not get "instant results" in any way, shape or form. If you are new to programming .net, it will take you many hours of studying to understand the concepts of the applications. If you wish to modify the applications for your own use, again, you will need to understand them first, and this will take time.

But again, it is a good reference to study how to design and construct applications based on multi-tier architecture, which is what you want to use. So, I give it high marks for that. It is a good book. I'm glad I bought it and I'm spending a lot of time with it. Just don't think it's an "idiot's guide" kind of thing. It's not.
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