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Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5: Step by Step Paperback – February 23, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-3866455153 ISBN-10: 0735624267

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press (February 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735624267
  • ISBN-13: 978-3866455153
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 7.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,628,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

George Shepherd is a .NET Framework expert who works at Rockwell where he develops some of the best third-party .NET tools available. He has been programming Windows since version 2.0 back in the late 1980s. For the debut of Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC) in the early 1990s, George co-authored the definitive reference for MFC, MFC Internals. During MFC s heyday as a powerful user-interface development platform, MFC Internals was part of the canon for serious MFC developers. George covers Web-based and Windows-based interface development with the .NET Framework as a contributing editor for MSDN® Magazine, and is a contributing editor for Dr. Dobb's Journal. He is also a co-author of the classic Microsoft Press® book Programming Microsoft Visual C++®. George regularly delivers seminars with DevelopMentor and is also a popular speaker at industry conferences. In his spare time, George plays a mean slide guitar.

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Sadly this book is very hard to follow.
Steven
I have to say that I was not very impressed with this book as an intro to ASP.
smudgedlens
If I find a better book, I will update this review again.
K. Williams

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Chad Adams on April 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've just finished the end of the book and I will say it's not too bad.

A little background about me before my full review, I'm a web developer with a design background, so I've done a lot of front-end design work for clients but I've also worked a bit of the back end with PHP, and Classic ASP. .NET was new to me and never worked with my preferred IDE, (ahem Dreamweaver) past .net 2.0, recently more and more clients are asking for ASP.net / Sharepoint work from me so I've decided to study up on ASP.net.

Strait to the point, the book isn't dry and it does what it says, it walks you thru chapter by chapter explaining every "technical" bit of data regarding ASP.net and "occasionally" telling you something interesting about one of the tools for real world use.

The pros for buying this book is that you get a clear understanding of ASP.net, the history and where it's going, as well as some simple tricks using VS 2008, LINQ, and ASP.net controls and forms, it also has sample code on the disc, and a PDF of the book on the CD for on-screen reference.

My only problem with this book, (like so many other developer books) is that they really don't give real-world scenarios for building a e-commerce site, or a blog, or a contact form for that matter. It's a better starter book than a "for Dummies" or "..in 24 years" but it does the job to get you started using ASP.net.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Skemp VINE VOICE on June 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
Based upon the title, 'Step by Step,' you might think that Shepherd's book will actually cover ASP.NET 3.5 in detail, piece by piece.

While it's true that he does this, he does it to very little detail. He also makes numerous assumptions throughout the text, which may have you scratching your head more than you usually would, picking up a new language.

As a general overview, this book excels, but search elsewhere, for example, in Spaanjaars' Beginning ASP.NET 3.5: In C# and VB (Programmer to Programmer), for specifics on how to actually build a site.

Overall, I've given this book 4 stars, of 5, since the information is valuable, as an overview.

My background: I've been working on the Web for approximately a decade, professionally for half of that. I've got background in PHP and ColdFusion, with enough knowledge to read and tweak classic ASP (however, I think classic ASP is ugly).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Williams on January 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Typically, a "Step by Step" book from Microsoft Press is considered a "Beginner's Book", introducing you to the topic of the book. For this book, it is not the case. You will need a good background knowledge of both HTML and Visual C#.

Also, as one other reviewer has already pointed out, the code examples in this book are full of errors. If you do purchase this book, refer to the code examples on the accompanying CD which does have the examples coded correctly. You will save yourself a lot of time and avoid frustration trying to debug it.

***Update***
I have now made it to chapter 10 (out of 24) and I am giving up. At this point you are actually instructed to copy the example code files and setup a SQL database for ASP.NET. I tried following the instructions, but it does not work. I will not waste anymore of my time. I am a "Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer" (MCSE) and have an Associates Degree in Computer Technology, so I do know my way around a computer. If I find a better book, I will update this review again. (That should be fairly easy!!)

****Final Update****
I found the perfect book. It is "ASP.NET 3.5 Unleashed" by Stephen Walther.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By smudgedlens on January 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you are getting into ASP.NET, then this book addresses the topic in detail, unlike other books that may discuss ASP.NET as just a topic on VB or C# programming. I have to say that I was not very impressed with this book as an intro to ASP.NET. I feel like the author made a lot of assumptions about the technical knowledge of the reader. Some portions contained useful information, but were written at a level which I don't think are suitable for a book called 'Step by Step'. I got a better understanding of ASP.NET from reading the section in the Visual C# 2008 Step by Step book by John Sharp.

I have found most of the ASP.NET information I need online, and have used this book mainly as a reference. I cannot think of any particular instances off the top of my head, so it probably isn't exactly fair to make this point, but I felt there were times when I came across important aspects of ASP.NET that were not mentioned in the book. Ultimately, I think if you are already pretty familiar with C# and feel comfortable with more advanced concepts in server-side web mechanics, then this might be the book for you. Otherwise, I would suggest getting something else...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven on February 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Sadly this book is very hard to follow. It is whittled with errors, (which I can overlook if corrected on the errata webpage) Which brings me to another point. The errata page is not published in the book. This is a significant annoyance since it will take you an hour to find it... I will save you the time: [...] (obvious right?) But this will not help you very much. It is woefully incomplete. To make matters worse this is not a wiki and information can not be easily updated. I also attempted to contact the author on his site: [...] But the email controls fail and he can not be contacted. My recommendation is to stay away from this book and find one from a publisher that supports their products.
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