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Essential ASP.NET With Examples in C# Paperback – February 21, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0201760408 ISBN-10: 0201760401 Edition: 1st

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The Microsoft .NET Framework is exactly what its name implies: A general system onto which a lot of application-specific technologies are stuck. Essential ASP.NET With Examples in C# assumes you know something about the .NET way of doing things, and want to know more about how you can use its ASP.NET facet to implement robust and stylish Web applications. Fritz Onion, in a manner typical of this series, introduces key ASP.NET concepts logically, and with lots of code listings that make it clear how the concepts should be translated into reality. The truth be told, Onion excels at combining conceptual information with practical examples. This is unusual among writers of technical books, who tend to be good at (at best) one or the other.

Typically, the author approaches a capability of ASP.NET--validation of submitted form data, say--by presenting a quick summary of the problem and then attacking it (or components of it) with code. The code segments (which tend not to be too long, and so relatively easy to trace and comprehend) are then dissected, and special attention called to details of particular interest to the local problem. It's a great way to learn if you already have a grasp of the basics, as you can either go hands-on with your own system or absorb the author's wisdom through the book alone. --David Wall

Topics covered: How ASP.NET works, and how to write effective software with it. Detailed coverage goes to HtmlControls, WebControls, the web.config file, form-data validation, custom controls, and state management. There's also excellent coverage of the often confusing HTTP Pipeline.

From the Author

I am the author of DevelopMentor's Essential course, which was first taught 2 years ago this month (Febrary 2003). This book is the culmination of refining 'the story' of through teaching it in many classrooms over the last 2 years. I have also had the opportunity to speak at several conferences and author a number of articles on, all of which fed into the book writing process.

My goal in writing this book was to provide a clear, concise reference to for developers that are already comfortable with concepts in .net. I strive to explain not just how to use the various pieces of, but also how and why they are built the way they are. In my experience, the most effective developers are the ones that truly understand the implications of the tools they use. I hope this book provides you with knowledge to become a better developer.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (February 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201760401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201760408
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,335,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Net book for experienced developers learning ASP.
He does an excellent job here, and his book is very readable.
James J Edelen IV
Yet it still manages to cover its topics very thoroughly.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
I recently read the excellent "ASP.NET Essentials with Examples in C#" by Fritz Onion, published by Addison-Wesley as part of the company's excellent .NET Development Series. Having been working with ASP.NET for more than two years, I tend to be a bit more skeptical of new ASP.NET titles when they take an omnibus approach, attempting to preview an entire technology in one book, rather than a specific part of a platform or the application of it.
This is definitely not the case with this new book, as it's a very refreshing overview of ASP.NET for those who have been working with it.
It's been my experience that with most titles taking an omnibus approach, a book will have one or two chapters that really shine, explaining some aspect of ASP.NET development better than most books. This book has several such gems. It features one of the better descriptions of proper surgery of machine.config/web.config that you'll find on the market today. Specifically, each element with an application's configuration file is examined, instead of the lackadaisical "here's a look at the more important ones" approach that so many authors sadly resort to.
It also sports a better description than most books about the ASP.NET worker process (aspnet_wp.exe) and the role of it within the context of an application. The book also does a good job of defining the HTTP pipeline and the importance of authoring custom modules to extend/enhance an application. Really good chapters on data binding and writing custom server controls also stand out. Both beginners and experienced developers will get a lot out of these helpful and very necessary explanations.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alexis Smirnov on April 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've ordered this book primarily based on rave reviews of fellow webloggers as well as the fact that every single book from AW .NET series was worth the money. This book did not disappoint.
Fritz has found the right to mix of giving the reader the theory and practical advice. The author assumes that the reader is familiar with .NET and is experienced in application design (I soooo wish more authors would make the same assumption!).
This book gives an experienced developer enough background to be able to make some of the most important design decisions such as when and how to separate presentation logic in custom controls; how to manage state; what data caching option to use etc.
The flow of Essential ASP.NET is absolutely impeccable. Every detail and feature of the technology is introduced at exactly the right place. I liked the flow of the book so much I've used it to put together a presentation on ASP.NET for our team.
A couple of points I wish would be better:
- The book has no description of ASP.NET Web Services - the only major topic omitted.
- There's a few graphics in the book that suppose to illustrate processing sequences. The layout of those graphics could have been done better and didn't really clarify the text they were trying to illustrate.
- The chapter on configuration spends a lot of its text describing how to work with .config files. This topic isn't really specific to ASP.NET and could have been shortened.
- The author gives valuable recommendations on design choices, but most of the advice is directed towards an Internet web application developers. I wish the author would give more consideration to options relevant to Intranet developers.
Overall: highly recommended for experienced developers.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Paul Wilson on May 5, 2003
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This book, Essential ASP.NET With Examples in C#, is intended for .NET developers that want to learn ASP.NET. It expects the reader to be familiar with the basics of C#, the .NET framework, and object-oriented practices. It does not assume any exposure to web development, nor does it cover html or other non-ASP.NET web concepts. This book is about learning the essential concepts; it is not a low-level introductory book or how-to book. This also makes it a good book for those already familiar with ASP.NET that want to learn the concepts better. If you have this background and want to learn the essentials of ASP.NET, then this book is highly recommended. There is also a version of this book with the Examples in VB.NET, so C# is actually an optional requirement.
Fritz Onion has been teaching ASP.NET for DevelopMentor from the beta days of ASP.NET and his experience shows. This book is definitely one of the easiest technical books to just sit down and read without getting bored. It explains each concept as one would expect from an experienced trainer, and the flow of the book is smooth. It assumes the reader is sufficiently familiar with the basic concepts and therefore avoids the usual details, while it goes into the underlying concepts deeper than any other general ASP.NET book that is available today. There is also a very good combination of the abstract principles and practical advice that you can use yourself. The quality of the print itself is also very relaxing since its larger than average print with extra white space.
The book starts with the objectives that ASP.NET set out to solve, including the code-behind model of VS.NET, and then proceeds with an in-depth overview of the server control concept, along with the built-in controls.
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