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Not a very helpful book
on July 16, 2006
I'm an experienced web developer but this is my first book on ASP.NET. I'm nearly finished with the book but I don't feel like I learned too much.
I can see that teaching .NET is different than other code-centric languages like Java where you'd start with a "Hello, World" app then move on from there. So, I appreciate that writing a good .NET book is probably harder than usual.
But, this book just doesn't work very well. First and foremost, it's rife with errors. Not just grammatical errors, but incorrect code, screenshots not matching the referring text, and others.
Also, the authors did not cover what I would consider the basics before moving to more advanced topics. There's no in-depth explanation of what code-behind is and how it works. Only a couple of the controls are taught, such as GridView. I guess it's up to the reader to figure out the rest.
Lastly, code is not taught at all. When the authors used code they explained what it did, but only so you understand the examples. There was no comprehensive effort to teach even the basics of coding.