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ISBN-13: 978-0470502211 ISBN-10: 0470502215 Edition: 1st

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Build rich web sites with the latest version of ASP.NET

ASP.NET is the part of the .NET Framework that enables you to build rich, dynamic web sites. The latest version—ASP.NET 4—boasts numerous improvements to the previous iteration, including Web Forms enhancements and jQuery support. This step-by-step book walks you through building rich web sites with ASP.NET 4 and is packed with in-depth examples in both C# and VB. With hands-on exercises that take you right into the action, you'll learn how to build web sites firsthand while you get a good look at what goes on behind the scenes when you view an ASP.NET 4 page in your browser.

Beginning ASP.NET 4:

  • Demonstrates how to build ASP.NET 4 web pages

  • Explains adding features with pre-built server controls

  • Reviews working with the development tools to create ASP.NET web sites

  • Shares techniques for creating consistent-looking web sites

  • Teaches you how to implement jQuery and AJAX techniques in your web sites

  • Shows you how to work with databases and the Microsoft® ADO.NET Entity Framework

  • Addresses securing and personalizing your site

  • Investigates exception handling, debugging, and tracing pages

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.

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Imar Spaanjaars is a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP and runs his own company called De Vier Koeden in the Netherlands, specializing in Internet and intranet applications built with Microsoft technologies like ASP.NET 4. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including ASP.NET 2.0 Instant Results and Beginning ASP.NET 3.5 in C# and VB, and is one of the top contributors to the Wrox Community Forum at
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 840 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (March 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470502215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470502211
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 (, 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, 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

It is well written and VERY easy to use.
Consider getting and introductory book on C# or VB to supplement this book of you have never used either language before.
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn ASP.

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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful By James Skemp VINE VOICE on March 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
While I've already read Beginning ASP.NET 3.5 by Imar Spaanjaars and moved rather far beyond it, when I had the opportunity to recieve his new book on ASP.NET 4 for review, I took it.

Would I still feel strongly about recommending his work as *the* #1 choice for those new (or relatively new) to ASP.NET? Would it offer enough new content over the previous iteration that I'd recommend a new purchase if someone had the first?


First, if you're just getting started with ASP.NET, this is once again *the* book to start with. The way the book reads makes it extremely easy to keep up with where he's at, and why. At the end you'll end up with a functional site, having built it yourself, using a good deal of ASP.NET functionality.

The book also assumes little experience with HTML and CSS, which makes this book a fairly good start for anyone who wants to get started with creating Web sites (using ASP.NET), even going into the developer tool Visual Web Developer 2010.

The book itself is a *vast* improvement over previous iterations, with a much more solid wrap and softer (but still thick) pages. (Although the pages must be somewhat thinner, since the previous iteration of this book is about the same depth as this one, even though this has ~70 more pages.)

The guitar on the cover has left me guessing a bit, all the way from 'rock star' to 'hero' to 'he creates a music-related site' but if you don't get stuck on such things, you'll be fine.


If you've purchased and read the previous iteration of this book, Beginning ASP.NET 3.5, you might be wondering if it makes sense to pick this up.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Sébastien G. on May 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
I really loved this book! This book is so amazing, i don't know where to start!

You actually learn a LOTS in the book even if its a starting book for ASP.NET.
Actually, ive learned more than expected! This is the first time i buy a WROX book and
i am impressed!

I am a PHP web developper that wanted to learn ASP.NET so i already have a background
in web programming but you do not need to have a background in order to read this book!

It is so easy to read and the information is so interesting that each time you turn a page
you want to learn and know more !

Here, a list of the positive things i found about the book :

- Lots of great examples step by step with a section that explain you the whole process each time.
- Code are written in both C# and VB.NET.
- Very comprehensive writting. The author explain everything and make things clear!
- Very informative even if you are an advanced user in ASP.NET.
- The book cover a nice project which go from a subject to another easily.
- The book refers others book in the WROX collection which is useful if you wanna extend your knowledge later and
i really appreciate this cause sometime you never know where to look at after you've read a book! It refer to others place
if you want to dig into advanced subject later which is really great!
- After you've read the book you know how to make complete website using AJAX and JQUERY along with databases!
- Cover LOTS of subject, even cover AJAX and JQUERY.

Since nothing is perfect, i have only one constructive remark about the book :

- I know that this book is not intended to be a reference book but this still would be interessting
to have some reference section somewhere.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Douglas A. Drake on May 4, 2010
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First off, this is one of the best instructional books I've ever read. Imar has a way with explaining things that makes it easy to follow and understand. But it gets even better. I had a question on something that was related to one of the topics in the book, but it wasn't covered specifically. Imar's email address is in the book so I thought, well maybe, if I emailed him, there was a slim possiblity that in a few days he might answer the question. Less then 10 minutes after I sent the email I got a return email with the answer to the question. I was amazed!

He did ask that I post my questions to the forum in the future so that if others had similar questions he could just point them to the forum instead of answering the same question over and over. The forum also gives other readers a chance to learn from each others questions. So that's the way I'll address any questions in the future, but I have to say I am very impressed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MR G L WEBB on October 1, 2010
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I have found this text to be a concise, interesting and useful introduction to ASP.Net.

As a "non-Windows" database programmer (Pick/UniVerse/UniData) with a smattering of VB6 experience, I have recently embarked on a serious re-training project in C#.Net and ASP.Net. As is often the case with many a "newbie", the combined depth and breadth of the .Net/C#/ASP development environment can be daunting. I am enjoying using this text, as I feel that it is easing me into the subject with clear and simple explanations of each topic, and without laying on too much of the heavy, in-depth detail too early in the knowledge acquisition process.

I was initially attracted to Wrox "Beginning..." texts when I purchased a copy of "Begining Visual C# 2010" at a local bookshop. The presentation of digestible tracts of information, followed by "try it out" exercises, then an explanation of "how it works", is common to both texts and works very well for me. I feel that it is paramount to any professional to have in-depth knowledge of their chosen vocation. I will not get that from any introductory text on the subject, but I feel that this one is providing a solid introduction in an interesting and comprehensible manner.

I would like to thank Mr. Spaanjaars and the Wrox team for a fine text that is good value for money.
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