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Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5: Step by Step [Paperback]

by George Shepherd
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February 23, 2008 0735624267 978-3866455153
Get the hands-on, step-by-step guide to learning the latest enhancements in ASP.NET code name Orcas. ASP.NET continues to be an important application platform that delivers a simplified, high-performance, and powerful Web development experience. Building on your familiarity with the Microsoft .NET Framework and Microsoft Visual C#®, you can teach yourself the essentials of working with ASP.NET in the Microsoft Visual Studio® environment one step at a time. With STEP BY STEP, you work at your own pace through hands-on, learn-by-doing exercises. Whether you re a beginning programmer or new to this version of the technology, you ll understand the core capabilities and fundamental techniques for ASP.NET and begin building practical Web applications and Web services. Includes a companion CD with code samples, data sets, and a fully searchable eBook.

Features easy-to-follow, logically planned lessons to help you learn at your own pace

Delivers a solid understanding of how to use Visual Studio Orcas with ASP.NET to create Web applications and Web services

Includes a companion CD with code samples, data sets, and a fully searchable eBook



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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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press (February 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735624267
  • ISBN-13: 978-3866455153
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 7.3 x 1.5 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: #1,216,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent beginner book 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
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible book 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
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
1.0 out of 5 stars If you are new to ASP.NET do not buy this book February 7, 2009
By Steven
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars asp.net good learning start
Very good book for beginners and people who need a review. A good companion book if you are also studying for the MCTS test
Published 5 months ago by Edmund Gras
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I expected, considering the bad reviews
I was a bit leery of this book, considering some of the reviews I've read. But the overall number of reviews is small, and a small number of data points doesn't mean a whole lot. Read more
Published on November 6, 2010 by Just another reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for[...]
Being a Java and PHP developer with nearly ten years experience, and having read two other books about the C# language itself, I have chosen this book as an introduction to... Read more
Published on August 16, 2009 by Attila Marossy
3.0 out of 5 stars Touches on a lot
I gave three stars because it's content is largely ASP.NET 2.0 based. It touches on other unrelated topics like WCF (??) and Silverlight (???) but it does not go over the new 3. Read more
Published on July 30, 2009 by Michael S. Urvan
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing steps book
Author undoubtedly knows his subject very well. I could not use his ASP.NET 2.0 from 2005, it was missing steps and had lot of errors, not really meant for a beginner and not... Read more
Published on June 9, 2009 by Sam
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for practical use
It's a good fast read. Introduce the main selling points of .NET without the boring talk. Code sample and walk through of Visual Studio is an effective way of teaching most... Read more
Published on April 13, 2009 by Mark T. Chen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginning ASP.NET 3.5 reference - not for advanced programming.
This was a very good introduction to ASP.NET 3.5, but is not in-depth enough for the MCTS exam. From what I hear, Programming ASP.NET 3. Read more
Published on March 24, 2009 by John David Young
3.0 out of 5 stars One Language Too Few
I have not read this book but I looked through it and it looked interesting - the author appears to have an engaging way of communicating - but then I noticed its only done in C#. Read more
Published on August 3, 2008 by Cort Johnson
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