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Beginning ASP.NET 4.5 in C# (Experts Voice in .Net) Paperback – August 28, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1430242512 ISBN-10: 1430242515 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Experts Voice in .Net
  • Paperback: 922 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430242515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430242512
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Matthew MacDonald is an author,educator, and MCSD developer who has a passion for emerging technologies. He isthe author of more than a dozen books about .NET programming. In a dimly-remembered past life, he studied English literature and theoretical physics.

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Matthew MacDonald is a science and technology writer with well over a dozen books to his name. He's particularly known for his books about building websites, which include a do-it-from-scratch tutorial (Creating a Website: The Missing Manual), a look at cutting-edge HTML5 (HTML5: The Missing Manual), and a WordPress primer (WordPress: The Missing Manual). He's also written a series of books about programming on and off the Web with .NET, teaches programming at Ryerson University, and is a three-time Microsoft MVP.

In everyday life, Matthew is endlessly amazed by the odd, unusual, and just plain bonkers workings of the natural world. Those who don't have tech problems to solve can check out Matthew MacDonald's science books, where he debugs the quirks and complexities of the human brain (Your Brain: The Missing Manual) and body (Your Body: The Missing Manual). Both books include a mash-up of full-color pictures, trivia, and philosophical head-scratchers. Matthew lives in Toronto, with his wife and two daughters.

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This is a good book for the beginner to learn ASP.
Steve S. Chan
There's no way I could learn what I need to know by just reading this book.
Jessie MacMillan
I found the book to be very well-organized with some great examples.
Rob W.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rob W. on January 9, 2013
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This was my first foray into the ASP.NET world. I had previously worked on an Outlook plug-in that utilized C#, so I'm not unfamiliar with the coding language or the Visual Studio platform. As a result, the first few chapters were essentially review, though I read them anyway since there is usually a nugget or two I can pick up from the review. I found the book to be very well-organized with some great examples. In addition, all of the coding examples could be pulled from the website in situations where you get stuck. Relating to that, there were a few examples in the book that didn't seem to work right out of the box, but the process of figuring those out helped me to learn. I will say, and it has been repeated by other reviewers, that at times it was a little frustrating to learn about a particular concept and then find out chapters later that there is a much better way to do it and thus you'd gone over the other one essentially as reference (e.g. raw ADO.NET vs. LINQ and the Entity Framework). Now, I don't tend to mind that as much, as it gives me another opportunity to learn. Plus, you never know when you might need to use the older way to accomplish something (backward compatibility, customization, etc.).

I've experienced other reference guides that continue to build on one example, so you can see it evolve and how the newer items improve your life. This one, however, relies on disjointed examples. The pro of this is that you start with a clean slate each chapter (in some cases multiple clean slates depending on the number of concepts covered), the con is that you don't get a chance to see what happens when you drop some different code into a program that is already geared to run on something else, and being forced to compensate for it.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By EvilMustang on March 23, 2013
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I'm 120 pages into the book and there still isn't 1 example. I flip ahead and basically very few examples.. and tons of talk about debugging.

The book is clearly intended for someone who's familiar with programming in C# but just wants alittle help with Visual Studio or the unique aspects of ASP.net 4.5

Choose the Imar Spaanjaars book if your a beginner. 40 pages in and i've already made 2 simple websites. HUGE DIFFERENCE!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Beaulieu on January 18, 2013
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This is a great book overall, very thorough. However, it's annoying that the author doesn't tell you which file your working in. Which fortunately was pretty easy to determine, usually... there were a couple of times where i couldn't figure out what file he was working in because the code didn't represent any of the practice files yet required another page to make it run. It's just an annoying thing to waste time on when your trying to learn something.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 10, 2013
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I purchased this book given the specific approach to ASP.NET with C#. However, after grinding through the first four long review chapters I was ready to begin working with ASP, only to discover the very first example in Chapter 5 left me scratching my head. The author suddenly began modifying a sample without discussing the filename or where it came from, and often used words like "such as" when suggesting file names instead of specifics, such as (ha!) "call it THIS, because I'm going to start talking about THIS, not THAT, two pages from now."

The downloadable files provided only finished solutions, not pre-exercise solutions, so there's no starting point for the steps described in the book.

I did give it two stars as it does begin with a good summary review of important concepts. But, the end result, after reaching what appears to be the first excercise in chapter 5, the Currency Converter, I'm calling this a waste of my money and buying something else. My free Kindle preview of Imar Spaanjaars "Beginning ASP.NET 4.5 in C# and VB" has me convinced it is the better option for beginners.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bookloveralways on April 27, 2013
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It wasn't exactly what I expected, but it should have been. It truly is a beginner's book, more so than a lot of the books labeled as beginning/beginners, etc.

If you know absolutely nothing about ASP.NET and C# this is a book you should get to make a huge leap in understanding.
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By Echeban on June 17, 2014
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I read the entire book, them passed it on to one student after another in my research teams. everyone loves it.
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By cro on February 13, 2014
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Good for a beginner. I have PHP background and I thought this book was a perfect starting point for .NET
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Like others who have given this book a low rating I found there was no code for the examples he used in the book, there were mistakes in the code and he assumed you knew where his code samples in the book applied.
He would be explaining at great lengths something and then put in an example and you didn't know if he intended you to try the code sample or if it was just part of the explanation.
One plus for this book, and its the only reason I have given it a single star rating other than I have to, is it contains some very good reference material.
Maybe it would be better if he wrote this book directed to those looking for a reference book rather than a a getting started book.
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