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Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5: Step by Step
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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.
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).
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.
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!!)
I found the perfect book. It is "ASP.NET 3.5 Unleashed" by Stephen Walther.
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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Very good book for beginners and people who need a review. A good companion book if you are also studying for the MCTS testPublished on November 3, 2013 by Edmund Gras
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 morePublished on November 6, 2010 by Just another reviewer
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 morePublished on August 16, 2009 by Attila Marossy
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 morePublished on July 30, 2009 by Michael S. Urvan
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 morePublished on June 9, 2009 by Sam
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 morePublished on April 13, 2009 by Mark T. Chen
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 morePublished on March 24, 2009 by David Young (@deepinthecode)