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Designing Microsoft ASP.NET Applications (Developer Reference)

2.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0735613485
ISBN-10: 0735613486
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About the Author

Douglas J. Reilly is the author of Inside Server-Based Applications (Microsoft Press, 1999) and Win32 Client/Server Developer’s Guide Addison-Wesley, 1996. Over the past five years he has been published extensively in technical magazines, and is the “Inside Btrieve” columnist for Btrieve Developer’s Journal. Doug develops real-world secure Web and multi-tier client/server applications in the healthcare industry.

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Product Details

  • Series: Developer Reference
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press (November 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735613486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735613485
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,275,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After working with ASP.NET for more than a year and a half, I am glad to see that the product is very near to its ship date. Perhaps this is why we are finally seeing some good books on the market.
Of all the ASP.NET books out thus far, this is the first that actually follows proper development practice, according to Microsoft. Let me explain:
* While most of the ASP.NET books slap code into the ASP.NET page (which is legal), the paradigm is separation of code and tags using a CodeBehind file. This is the first book that follows that paradigm, over all. The chapter on validation is the most glaring fallback.
* While most of the books on the market are placing their SQL code in the page, this one is actually using SQL stored procedures to create a data tier (thin, but still a data tier).
Now that I have worked through the good, let's look at the shortcomings. While there is a lot of good material, it is rather thin. This can partially be blamed on the breadth of ASP.NET, but it can also be blamed on a tighter focus. This is not a major shortcoming, overall, but, after spending the first few chapters introducing the framework, et al, you would think the author would have some form of object reference somewhere.
Shining moments:
* Validation controls - this is very useful stuff
* Working with Visual Studio .NET - some of the most useful screen shots I have seen.
* User controls - while a bit thin, a great into to real world user controls.
* ADO.NET - while the coverage is not in depth, the material that is there is well worth the read
* XML Web Services - nice, real world perspective
While a beginner might be able to pick up this book and run with it, the material is not aimed at those without programming experience. Keep this in mind if you are planning on using this book to learn your first language.
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I rounded up. I found this book very helpful for 3 reasons. Many books just throw code at you - pages and pages stuff that you can find in MSDN for example. What you need is perspective The first several chapters give a good summary of the technical underpinning. The following chapters show development with more emphasis on the IDE than any other books I've seem. After all, that's what most of us are using to actually develop apps.
The appendix on configuring IIS was also helpful. Most of what you need to know can be explained in one appendix chapter. If your are coming from a C++/Windows (not a web developer) background you really need a summary not another book to buy. Why all books don't have this is strange.
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I have to admit that I expected more from MS Press. This book doesn't appear to be simple enough for beginners or advanced enough to help existing developers architect solutions. Most of the information is presented in an elliptical format. Events, methods and properties of core classes are rushed in randomly with little introduction before fading away in obscurity. No detail is given to any important topics: the complete Page lifecycle, how the code-behind and aspx page eventually are compiled together, how state management is being performed on the server, internationalization best practices - essentially how to design an ASP.NET application. The most significant flaw is the use of alternating C# and VB examples, distracting the reader from the topic at hand by switching between the two languages randomly and without notice. Based on the numerous "VB programmers will notice..." references, I have to assume this text may be aimed at just that audience - VB developers with no previous web development experience. Better information on the topic can be obtained from the QuickStart tutorials or MSDN.
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As typical of many technical books, I don't like the title of this book. I didn't feel I was reading a book on how to architect a site built on ASP.NET. However, I did find this book to be a very useful tutorial on ASP.NET. It was an easy read and contained lots of useful tips and gotchas that are the result of the author's experience in working with .NET. The author's writing style is easy to tread through and contains lots of useful nuggets of info.
The other book I have on ASP.NET is Professional ASP.NET from Wrox, and I found this book complemented that book nicely. Where the Wrox book is a bit wordy and allows me to get lost in the details, this book is to the point and lets me see the forest for the trees...so to speak. While it didn't go too deeply into all the technical details of ASP.NET (hey, that's what MSDN is for) it did provide enought information for me to feel much more comfortable in ASP.NET after reading it. I recommend it to anyone looking to get a grasp on what ASP.NET is all about.
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I find myself agreeing with most of the reviews here!
Even though this books lacks a great deal of detail, and thus is hardly a definitive guide (it's title doesn't claim to be), it contains some very informative in-depth coverage, providing very useful insights. The explanation of concepts that you'll need for application design are more thoroughly done, and that has helped improve my view of how the pieces fit. I own four highly rated ASP.NET books, and I find more rigorous tutoring of critical concepts in this one than any of the others. They offer lots of detail, this one offers some important clues that you'll need to connect the dots, plus some detail.
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