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ISBN-13: 978-0470187593 ISBN-10: 047018759X Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047018759X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470187593
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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Beginning ASP.NET 3.5 In C# and VB

To build effective and eye-catching database-driven web sites, you must first have a solid framework on which to run your web pages as well as a rich environment in order to create and program these web pages. Microsoft's ASP.NET 3.5 and Visual Web Developer 2008 combine forces to provide you with the ultimate platform on which you can create dynamic and interactive web applications.

Popular Wrox author Imar Spaanjaars begins by demonstrating how to obtain and install Visual Web Developer. With each successive chapter, he introduces you to new technologies that build on knowledge gained from previous chapters. You'll learn that both ASP.NET 3.5 and Visual Web Developer now come with an extensive set of tools that will help you smoothly program your web applications. With the knowledge you gain from this book, you will be able to create feature-rich, database-driven, interactive web sites.

What you will learn from this book

  • Ways that ASP.NET Server controls allow you to create complex web sites with very little code

  • How to use the extensive set of CSS tools that help you design your web pages

  • How to program responsive and interactive web pages with either C# or Visual Basic®

  • How to work with databases to create rich, data-driven web pages

  • How you can easily create a centralized and maintainable site design

  • How to secure your web site, providing login functionality and role-based access to content

Who this book is for
This book is for anyone who wants to build rich and interactive web sites that run on the Microsoft platform. No prior experience in web development is assumed.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

About the Author

Imar Spaanjaars graduated in Leisure Management at the Leisure Management School in the Netherlands, but he quickly changed his career path into the Internet world.
After working for a large corporation and doing some freelance work, he now works for Design IT (www.designit.nl), an IT company in the Netherlands specializing in Internet and intranet applications built with Microsoft technologies like ASP.NET 3.5. As a technical director and software designer, he’s responsible for designing and building medium- to large-scaled e-commerce web sites and portals.
He’s also the tech lead for Dynamicweb Nederland, the Dutch branch of the popular Danish Content Management System Dynamicweb (www.dynamicweb.nl).
Imar has written books on ASP.NET 2.0 and Macromedia Dreamweaver, all published under the Wrox brand. He is also one of the top contributors to the Wrox Community Forum at p2p.wrox.com, where he shares his knowledge with fellow programmers.

More About the Author

Imar Spaanjaars graduated in Leisure Management at the Leisure Management School in the Netherlands, but quickly changed his career path into the Internet world.

After working in the Internet business at various web agencies for the past twelve years, he now runs his own company called De Vier Koeden (http://devierkoeden.com), a small Internet agency specializing in consultancy and development of Internet and intranet applications with Microsoft technologies such as ASP.NET 4.5.1.

Imar has written books on WebMatrix, ASP.NET and Macromedia Dreamweaver, all published under the Wrox brand. He is also one of the top contributors to the Wrox Community Forum at p2p.wrox.com, where he shares his knowledge with fellow programmers.

Since 2008, Imar has been rewarded with Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his contributions to the ASP.NET community.

Customer Reviews

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I found the author of this book to be very clear and this book very easy to follow and learn from.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By James Skemp VINE VOICE on June 8, 2008
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I've picked up copies of Beginning ASP.NET 2.0; Build Your Own ASP.NET 2.0 Web Site Using C# & VB; Beginning ASP.NET 2.0 E-Commerce in C# 2005 From Novice to Professional; and Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5 Step by Step (the only one I can recommend). With all of these, I struggled to read them and didn't feel as though I learned much, or in the case of the last, failed to get much more than an overview of ASP.NET (albeit a good one).

However, with Imar Spaanjaars' book, I finally feel comfortable with ASP.NET 3.5.

In this book Imar works through the steps of creating of an actual, fully-functional, ASP.NET 3.5 Web site, that's actually not that bad (ignoring some questionable design).

Unlike other books, Imar covers both the Express and commercial versions of Visual Studio, in a very unobtrusive way. In addition, Imar doesn't rely solely on the ASP.NET components, but gives a good deal of actual programming, in both C# and VB (in a very clean, comfortable, way).

While it's true that he references a number of other Wrox books, such as Professional ASP.NET 3.5: In C# and VB (Programmer to Programmer), there is very little that needs to be examined to get a site up and running, that would suit the majority of business needs.

Overall, my faith in the ability of Web developers to write good books has been restored by this tome (and at over 700 pages, tome it is). A Web developer Imar is, and to us, as equals, is to whom he speaks. This is clearly seen in his summaries and tips, at the end of each chapter.

I give this book 5 stars of 5.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Magnus on September 5, 2008
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I work as a C (C++) programmer. Much of what I do uses MFC code to talk to SQL Server and Access. The company decided to migrate my software to the Internet and since it wasn't time critical, gave me the option of learning the technology and doing it myself. And so I have messed around when I had spare time for several months not really getting it to work. The two skills I felt like I really needed to acquire into order to be up and running were (1) the ability to access databases securely and reliably from a Web site (logins, etc.), and (2) the ability to call dlls (Web Services) from a Web site. This book gets me through the first, but not the second.

Part of the reason that I'm further along now is that I was using ASP.NET 2.0. Version 3.5 has added so many widgets to resolve common problems that it really feels to me from the perspective of a rank beginner like an entirely different beast, though under the hood, the fundamentals are the same. For example, the beginning ASP.NET 2.0 book I read devoted a whole chapter to Request and Response. There are just a couple references to them in this book, and they're not even mentioned in the index. Version 3.5 has been so structured that you don't need to know even these very basic details.

This is not a reference book. I couldn't easily look up how to add a background image to my master page having forgotten it, and having read it once, I'm now reading it again cover to cover and taking notes to create the reference I need, because I don't even remotely remember it all. And I will need to read the advanced book to get where I want to be.

Instead of a reference, you build a fully functional Web site throughout the course of the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Good-Energy Programmer on September 25, 2008
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Over the years I have read over 50 programming books. This easily ranks as one of the best. I am now on page 193 - and have made underlinings or notes on almost every page. First of all, it might be relevant to know that my background is classic ASP - but it's been a few years since I worked with it. Overall, the book flows beautifully and logically. Not only does the overall structure make sense, but the actual detail explanations are crystal clear. This book takes the reader on a logical course to understand all the key aspects of creating ASP.NET web sites (including key details of the Visual Web Developer interface). I am continually amazed at the flow, and the clear explanations of all relevant details. Additionally, I have posted a number of questions on the wrox forum website (look for the one that deals specifically with this book) and Imar - the author - quickly and thoroughly answered all my questions. My thanks to Imar for this work of outstanding quality - a truly helpful addition to the ASP community.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Torres on September 22, 2008
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This is the best programming book I have read thus far and I am reading 4 right now! I have found the author himself to be extremely helpful at p2p.wrox.com and quick to answer my few hang-ups during my reading. Note that the only negative reviews at the time of this writing are from readers who have not gotten [much] farther than the first chapter, but the book is 18 chapters long! There are indeed a few spelling and other textual errors but that is to be expected in some degree of almost any book, and none of them have impacted the technical aspect or effectiveness of this book.

If you want to get a good grasp on the asp.net framework, buy this book... and read it!
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