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ASP .NET Kick Start 1st Edition

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"Every page exudes the excitement of learning something new and powerful . . . keeping you engaged from start to finish." -- asp.netPRO, April, 2003

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Visual Studio .NET is the premier development environment for creating .NET applications. The environment includes specialized tools for working with databases, XML files, and XML Web services. Building applications with Visual Studio .NET is a very different experience than building ASP.NET applications with a standard text editor. Visual Studio .NET performs a lot of invisible work in the background, and the environment makes a number of assumptions about the best way to build applications. It is difficult for even an experienced ASP.NET developer to use Visual Studio .NET effectively without any guidance. This book helps readers understand and begin using this complicated environment.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (December 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672324768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672324765
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,727,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Walther is a Microsoft Software Legend. He worked as a Program Manager on the ASP.NET team at Microsoft where he was responsible for making the ASP.NET Framework compliant with Web Standards such as XHTML and Accessibility standards.

Through his companies and, he has provided consulting and training services for companies across the United States including NASA, the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Verizon, the US House of Representatives, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Petco, and The Gap.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
I gave three starts to this book as an encouragement to authors to write books that make use of the Visual Studio (VS) Net
environment. There are still relatively few ASP.NET books that do so. Visual Studio is a proprietary environment but so is
ASP.NET. So it doesn't really make much sense to type in the code using Notepad or even Web Matrix because
you would lose the advantage of Intellisense which can probably trap 80% of the mistakes made by newbies.
The book is easy to read and follow. I have several ASP.NET books. This is the only one that I have read cover to cover.
But it may be too wordy for some people or too detailed for others with many "drag this and drop that"
type instructions that may be annoying for those who hate this.
The bulk of the book provides an introduction of how to add SQL server database connectivity to ASP.NET web pages.
There is very little in this book that someone couldn't find somewhere on the web. However, the price is modest.
Much of the material and examples were extracted from the author's larger"Unleashed" book.
Code listings are provided in both VB and C#. There are also a number of examples showing how to retrieve data from SQL using the ASP.NET database controls.
However, there is no CD or web site where you can download or copy the code. Luckily, there are very few typos.
Beware that you will not find much information "on creating ASP.NET Web applications" as is stated in the introduction.
The only item that remotely resembles an application is found on p. 418 and that consists of a simple login web page.
The rest are snippet demo items on how to populate a database control.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gerald on August 2, 2003
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I did a lot of research before picking up this .NET book. I must say it has exceeded my expectations by a long shot! It's simply fantastic! I just started ASP.NET programming, and it really helps that there are step-by-step instructions on how to do all the procedures. The author makes no assumptions as to readers' proficiency in using VS.NET.
Also it's great that examples are all given in both C# and VB.NET.
Get this book if you are (1) a VS.NET user and (2) are a beginner to ASP.NET but intend to be proficient in it and (3) use C# or VB.NET.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen E. Kennedy on January 28, 2003
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This is a great book. It is quick and to the point. The examples are focused and short, describing a toolset you can use to build pages.
However, it assumes you understand VB.NET and data websites. Certain steps you are asked to code are not particualary well documented, so it is not for beginners.
It assumes you will be using Visual Studio.NET to build your site. I am new to Visual Studio and this book makes the power of that product very clear, sort of like moving from a hammer to a hammer-gun.
It does not spend any time expaining why .Net is better, or run down the feature set of the .Net framework, or teach code writing. Instead it simply shows you how to use the .NET tools in the real world, the advantage becomes obvious if you have experience with classic ASP pages. I read the Wrox book on Beginning ASP.NET yet after 600 pages I still couldn't do anything meaningful, I was baffled as to why one would really make the effort to learn ASP.NET.
I wish I had started with this book first. Other stuff: The page layout in nice and clean, and the writing is easy to read and understand.
Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By shopzy on January 16, 2004
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This book from Stephen Walther has got everything right, especially for beginners. I wish I had seen this book a little earlier. The first part on Creating Web Forms is written very well. It neither scares the beginner nor does it bore him. Most book authors don't realize that beginners are only looking for a simple book through which they can gain confidence. The language in this book is simple and whereever the author uses sophisticated technical language he explains it. Very good book if you are looking to learn ASP.NET using Visual Studio.NET (doesn't matter if its C# or VB.NET route, code is written in both.). One other good thing is that the author takes you step by step because we all know that one cannot learn programming by reading but only by programming.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Williams on February 9, 2003
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Most of the books on .Net development stay away from Visual Studio.Net as if it were the plague, a creation of an "evil empire", or because of some variation on the "real programmers use Notepad" idea. Developers of that mentality please don't read this book because I want you to stay in that non-competitive hole you have dug for yourself.
I have been working with ASP.Net and Visual Studio.Net since beta 1 and quickly realized the need for and the advantages of using this IDE. The learning curve to use Visual Studio.Net effectively has been a long, fairly steep climb mostly because of the lack of any talented technical author(s) willing to take on the challenge of clearly documenting this comprehensive (and need I say complex?) design environment. Steve, thank you for taking it on and doing such a great job.
You really won't believe how much easier and faster database driven Web applications can be developed once you learn VS.Net. The control over the presentation (learn to use "auto format" and "style builder" for DataGrid "whatifs" and you'll be hooked), let alone the Server Explorer in either of the two Enterprise editions (which among other things can give give you the functionality of SQL Server's Enterprise Manager and Query Analyzer rolled into one) just nails it! You never have to leave VS.Net and that is something you have to experience to truly appreciate.
Steve gets all this out to you and more in an easy to read manner. His bio in his books say he was a Ph.d candidate in Linguistics and Philosophy at M.I.T. before he got hooked on the Web. The quality and clarity of his writing certainly reflects and is a tribute to this high level of education. I'll bet his mom's happy about it too.
There is one bug in VS.
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