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Pro ASP.NET 3.5 Server Controls and AJAX Components

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ISBN-13: 978-1590598658
ISBN-10: 1590598652
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About the Author

Dale Michalk is employed with Microsoft Corporation in Dallas, Texas. He has been with Microsoft since 2001. He helps promote .NET as a development platform and assists companies interested in migrating to new technologies like ASP.NET. A former U.S. Army officer and West Point graduate, he spends his free time chasing after his young daughter, who keeps him extremely busy.

Rob Cameron is an industry architect with the Developer Platform Evangelism team at Microsoft, working on mobility and entertainment solutions. Rob has more than 13 years of solutions architecture and software engineering experience, with the last few years focused on the Internet, mobility, and entertainment space. You can read more about Rob s current work at http://blogs.msdn.com/robcamer.

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Product Details

  • Series: Pro
  • Paperback: 740 pages
  • Publisher: Apress (March 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590598652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590598658
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,764,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TDub on March 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Listen, I buy technical manuals the way some women buy shoes. I love reading and learning this stuff to stay ahead of the pack. So I don't expect this to be James Patterson or Dean Koontz. Alright? But this has GOT to be one of the most painful, and worst "Pro" books I have ever had the misfortune of purchasing.

First off, either the implied level of the book'S intended audience is wrong ("Pro"), or the writers have no clue as to the type of development real "Intermediate to Advanced" .Net developers do in the real world. I'm up to chapter 4 and haven't tried to run one line of code. The first problem is that all the code examples thus far, are bogged down and cluttered with Master Page code with does nothing to advance the concepts, but merely act as a cute and stupid advertisement for the book you're reading. Secondly, they take a concept that in and of itself is complex, and then, because of the examples they use, they dumb it down to a level that is so insipid, the experienced developer's eyes are glazed over, and he finds himself just skimming over the code, which normally is my favorite part of these types of books.

When you start getting to the meat of basic concepts, they introduce a "custom" textbox example. Ok, I thought, "They'll use this to show some basic concepts, and then move onto more advanced examples of custom controls." Wrong! They use this stupid custom textbox control throughout the first four chapters. When a developer has used complex data-binding templating with hand-coded AJAX, can you imagine how mind-numbing it is to look at four chapters of code for a f'kin textbox? Let alone actually type in, or go through the hassle of downloading and installing projects for this kind of dreck.
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By Soyka on December 15, 2010
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If you are an intermediate ASP.NET developer who has used just user controls so far (like me) then this book is just for you. It has opened a whole new world of ASP.NET and explained a lot of things not directly related to custom controls such as page life cycle.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Itai on January 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
So-so.

Chapters 1-6 are alright, hence the 3 stars, but the important chapter 7 about data-binding controls is quite opaque to someone with no prior knowledge. This chapter took the wind out of my sails, and the rest of the book, which i only skimmed through, offered nothing to correct the impression.

Consistently, the full texts of both the .aspx and the .aspx.cs files are listed, even when the code-behind is essentially empty!

The overall reading experience is dull and frustrating.
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Davidb Naas on January 8, 2009
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I thought the book was written for Simple Jack and not developers, I was looking for some complex samples but fell short to simple hello world samples. I t it it ma ma makes my brrbain bubu bucket water. In fact if I use this book I can be the dummist mother F*())) in the room.
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