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ISBN-13: 978-0596510503 ISBN-10: 0596510500 Edition: 1st
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Book Description

Learn How to Build a State-of-the-Art Ajax Start Page Using ASP.NET, .NET 3.5, LINQ, Windows WF, and More

About the Author

Omar AL Zabir is the CTO and co-founder of Pageflakes, a Microsoft MVP, the author of a popular .NET blog (http://msmvps.com/omar), and a frequent contributor to Code Project. In 2006, Page flakes out-ranked iGoogle, Live.com, Netvibes, and Protopage in a review conducted by Seattle-based SEOmoz.org.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596510500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596510503
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. Yu on January 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've read the author's articles on Code Project, and when I found out he had written a book that built on them, I didn't waste any time getting my hands on it!

Being the one of the few developers in my group that work with the latest "cutting edge" technology, and with no one to answer the questions I have, this book has simply been the fountain of knowledge I'd been looking for. Definitely a must-read for those wishing to utilize the latest and greatest.

The book is well organized, and the writing style makes it an easy read (usually technical books put me to sleep, but not this one). It does assume that you've already had some experience using ASP.NET 2.0/3.5, Javascript, and so forth, so I agree that this book will be the most beneficial to seasoned and advanced ASP.NET developers.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Rodrigo Costa on May 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book explains the techniques behind the DropThings portal [...] showing some source-code (available at [...]) and giving a couple of tips and tricks of web 2.0 programming. The book is very interesting but it's for those developers who already know the technologies it covers (ASP.NET, C#, LINQ, WF and ASP.NET AJAX) and want to know "the best way to do it" or became aware of commom problems that big web 2.0 portals generally has.
Below is the main topics of each chapter:

Chapter 1 - Conceptual meanings of Web and ASP.NET.
Chapter 2 - How can you design your own Widgets Framework (Based on his ideas that lead him to develop his own framework) and things that you need to concern when you develop a big portal.
Chapter 3 - Tips and Tricks of developing rich client controls
Chapter 4 - How can you add LINQ and Workflow Foundation to your Data and Business Layers.
Chapter 5 - Developing Widgets itself
Chapter 6, 7, 8 and 9 - Reflections over performance (at Client, Server and "client-server" interaction)
Chapter 10 - Solving Deployment and "Go-live" problems.

Bear in mind this book don't teach you those technologies, it only leads you to use them in a better way based on the author's experience (Author is the PageFlake's co-Founder and CTO, so he really knows what he's talking about).

In conclusion, if you want to learn how you use those technologies (Asp.net Ajax, Workflow Foundation..), I recommend you to try other books. Otherwise, if you want to know more about how to create a scalable web 2.0 site, tips & tricks and the best practices of those techs at web, this book will hit at the bullseye.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Denny Ferrassoli on February 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
Omar is an excellent .NET programmer and I really enjoyed his book. This book gave excellent insight on running a high volume website with ASP.NET. It also dives into some of the new features of the .NET 3.5 framework. I really enjoyed the sections towards the end where he showed the type of hosting environment necessary to run a large scale website. I would also recommend subscribing to Omar's RSS feeds for excellent tips.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Box on January 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have bought several technical books over the past 16 years and have rarely read any cover to cover (I did skip the last chapter as it really didn't apply to my corporate environment). This book covers all aspects of developing a portal using ASP.NET and explains in great detail all the technical aspects of development and implementation. In addition to the diagrams and code samples, the CodePlex base and [...] examples are bonus references.

I would not recommend this book for novice/beginner developers. The reader should have experience in ASP.NET web development and core Microsoft technologies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Kobzeff on August 19, 2008
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This book is very well written. It provides lots of good tricks to handle real-world problems that come up when developing a website. One of the best ASP.NET books I have read. It is about developing a website all the way through, not about explaining the newer technologies. Not for beginners.
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