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Product Details

  • Series: Step By Step (Microsoft)
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press (November 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735622019
  • ASIN: B002KE5VYO
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 7.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,183,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Key Book Benefits:
- Provides step-by-step guidance on how to use ASP.NET 2.0 with Visual Studio 2005 to create Web applications and services.
- Features easy-to-follow, logically planned lessons, with necessary data sets and additional code samples on the CD.
- STEP BY STEP is ideal for anyone with a fundamental understanding of computer programming.

About the Author

George Shepherd covers Web-based and Microsoft Windows-based development with Microsoft .NET as a contributing editor for MSDN Magazine, as an instructor with DevelopMentor, and as the author of a number of programming books. As a research scientist with Rockwell Scientific, he develops large software systems for a wide range of clients. George is also a contributing architect for Syncfusion’s tools for .NET.

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This book is not a good learning resource for ASP.
Amazon Customer
It seems the intention of writing this book was just to get something out or the author has no idea how to write a "Step By Step" book.
Ben Hayat
The code, both in the text and the CD is laced with errors.
maddog

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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By tdm00 on November 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm completely new at ASP.NET let alone ASP.NET 2.0, so I picked this book up instead of the Introducing ASP.NET 2.0 book by MS Press. I found this book to be poorly done.

The first 5 chapters, I feel, are WAY over the head of anyone starting to work with ASP.NET. Compostie and Render controls in the first 5 chapters? Hello, how about starting with the validation controls or something. The later chapters deal some with TreeView, MasterPages and Skins, stuff I felt should have been somewhere in the first chapters.

I would not recommend this book at all. It is also only in C# code, you have to download the VB examples, but not VB text.
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59 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Ben Hayat on November 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
Don't waste your money and time on this book.

I can't believe someone actually allowed this book to be published as "Step By Step". It seems the intention of writing this book was just to get something out or the author has no idea how to write a "Step By Step" book.

The first three chapters are basically about the history of Web development and how ASP.Net is better. Then suddenly, in chapter four, he jumps into "Custom Rendered Controls". With a few short descriptions, he closes the chapter and the frustration begins. You begin to think, what is this chapter has anything to do with a "Step By Step" and do a project. Next he gets into "Composite Controls". He covers it in a hurry and it's to the next chapter. A very short overview of Validation, Treeview and MultiView.

You keep reading and thinking that I'm eventally going to get something going to finish a project. But you'll be building frustration than an ASP project.

This is by far the worst book I have ever read!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 13, 2006
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This book is not a good learning resource for ASP.NET. I had expected a step-by-step book to begin by showing how to create a simple project, then progress to the cool features of ASP.NET and how to use them. Instead, this book starts with five chapters on web server architecture. That says about all that needs to be said about this book.

This is my second bad experience in a row with a Step-By-Step book. MS Press used to have a great series in these books; but if recent experience is any indication, the series has taken a big fall.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Rucker on January 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
While I did manage to learn a few ASP.Net basics, this book is not very well written. At least half examples were incomplete in illustrating how to accurately setup the applications. I was forced to find other sources which allowed me to discover the holes in the example setup descriptions. Reading this book proved to be a painful process. Considering how much I liked the VB and C# 2005 Step by Step books, this book was very disappointing. If your looking for an ASP.Net book, this is not it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Farmer on January 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
Step by step, to me, assumes you will take the reader through a series of steps to accomplish a task or learn a skill. This book's content didn't seem to have a logical flow or feeling of steps at all. I felt so bogged down with the minutiae of how asp.net renders a page that the examples were useless and seemed thrown-in instead of supporting the content. Furthermore, the numerous typos made comprehending a challenge (we just finished helloworld.aspx and he calls it hello.aspx). To a beginner, these typos make navigating the content difficult. His examples also don't seem to follow suit with Visual Studio. In Visual Studio 2005 when you create a new HTML document, there is already quite a bit of text by default that describes DOCTYPE, etc. at the beginning of the document. His examples don't show this text. Remove it and you can get errors which start you troubleshooting and second guessing what is going on. And why take a beginner in this subject through ILDASM at the start? Quit trying to show off and start trying to teach. If the intent of this book was to be for beginners in the subject matter, it sorely misses the mark.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lionel J. Morrison on April 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
Okay I should read reviews more often! I picked up this book as a couple of the other MS Press books I have have been great. This book says you don't need to know anything about ASP.NET. Well after 5 chapters of painful reading and examples I feel like my brain is about ready to leak out of my ears. Considering I have 9 years of classic ASP/PHP development experience I find this rather amusing.

If your going to pick up this book you should have good fundamental understanding of C# 2.0 because this book isn't going to teach you. You will also need to get hold of Visual Studio 2005. You can try with MS Visual Web Developer Express but I fear you'll be wasting your time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JCC Viking on January 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
On the back cover, this book describes Step By Step as:

1. Hands-on tutorial for new and new-to-topic programmers

2. Focus on fundamental techniques and features.

3. Practice exercises

I am an experienced C programmer with no ASP.NET experience and very little web development experience. I figured the Step By Step approach would be a good way to get started. With this book, I found myself pretty overwhelmed early on. Although I believe the author does indeed know the subject matter, his presentation is a bit much for ASP.NET beginners. Based on the above description of Step By Step, this book misses the mark.
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