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Programming Microsoft® ASP.NET 2.0 Applications: Advanced Topics (Developer Reference) Paperback – April 12, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0735621770 ISBN-10: 0735621772

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Product Details

  • Series: Developer Reference
  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press (April 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735621772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735621770
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,093,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Fully updated for ASP.NET 2.0, this reference focuses on the advanced uses and intricacies of the technology.

Key Book Benefits:

• Delivers detailed, fully updated, and hard-to-find insights on advanced programming topics for ASP.NET 2.0 in a single, pragmatic volume.

• Features instructive, hands-on code examples that illustrate advanced capabilities

• Examines the new controls and infrastructure in ASP.NET 2.0 in depth, while also providing updated information on classic features such as controls and working with ADO.NET.

• Supplements and extends the author’s Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 Core Reference book with additional, more-sophisticated techniques and examples.

About the Author

Dino Esposito is a well-known ASP.NET, AJAX, and Microsoft Silverlight® expert who has written or co-written several popular books, including Microsoft ASP.NET and Ajax: Architecting Web Applications and Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 4. He is a regular contributor to MSDN® Magazine and speaks at industry events such as DevConnections and Microsoft TechEd.

More About the Author

Dino Esposito is a well-known ASP.NET and ADO.NET expert at Solid Quality Learning, a global provider of advanced education and mentoring for Microsoft technologies. He speaks at industry events, including Win-Dev and Microsoft TechEd, contributes to MSDN Magazine and other publications, and is the author of several Microsoft Press books.

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It provides valuable coverage of the ASP.
Sam T. Frederick of Los Angeles
There are many things that he covers that you come across on a day-to-day basis and he explains those topics well.
I cant find anymore words to say this :D I keep this book by my computer all the time.
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63 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Craig Bolon on April 3, 2006
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Dino Esposito's book, "Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0, Applications," is best described as a second volume of "Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0, Core Reference" (also Microsoft Press, 2006). Opposing industry trends in computer books, Microsoft Press does not publish a table of contents for potential readers. Unless readers can inspect a copy at a bookstore, as I did, they will have difficulty deciding whether the book has content useful to them.

The two volumes combined are about equal in coverage to "Professional ASP.NET 2.0" from Bill Evjen and four others (Wrox, 2006). Esposito's strategic emphasis is not as significant for the "Applications" volume as it was for the "Core Reference" volume. The second volume mainly covers additional class libraries, such as those for "web parts," that are more likely to be of use in commercial portals and sales sites than in professional, Web-enabled applications. However, it is in this "Applications" volume rather than in the "Core References" volume that Esposito presents such critical topics as the ASP.NET 2.0 resource, role and image management services and the tree and menu controls.

In Esposito's two volumes combined one gets about 1,550 pages at twice the price of about 1,250 pages from Evjen, et al. Besides about 300 more pages, what one gets in return for the extra cost is coverage of some extra topics, such as resources, and generally clearer and more consistent descriptions of ASP.NET 2.0, free from gushing enthusiasms. Esposito also provides tables of properties and methods for the major classes. The items in these tables are the same as those in Microsoft's documentation, as furnished with the Visual Studio tools and available without charge on the Web, but often Esposito's explanations are both clearer and more detailed than Microsoft's opaque and perfunctory style.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David Douglass on July 10, 2006
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The two books of this series (Core Reference & Advanced Topics) offer broad and deep coverage of ASP.NET.

All the important topics of ASP.NET web sites are covered in a mostly tutorial with a little reference fashion. The books are well researched. The coverage of what really happens during compilation, request processing, and expression evaluation is excellent. The books avoid being an MSDN rehash. By carefully pointing out which ASP.NET versions support which features, the books will be useful for working with any ASP.NET version. No matter what you're working on you'll find something useful in these books. Note that web services are not covered.

The terms "core reference" and "advanced topics" (which MS press is using on all the non beginner books) make no sense at all with these books. If you're serious, you need both books. Think of them as volumes 1 and 2 of a single book.

I do have some issues with these books. The biggest mistake was recommending the use of GDI+ (through the System.Drawing namespace). This is not supported. The System.Drawing namespace page in MSDN states "Classes within the System.Drawing namespace are not supported for use within a Windows or ASP.NET service. Attempting to use these classes from within one of these application types may produce unexpected problems, such as diminished service performance and run-time exceptions."

I didn't enjoy Dino's writing style. It's verbose (at times), he uses odd words to describe things, and was boring even by tech book standards.

The chapter on configuration was difficult. It would have better to cover configuration throughout the book, in the context of what was being configured, instead of a single all configuration and only configuration chapter.
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I own Dino's last book (Programming ASP.NET 2.0 Applications Advanced Topics) and this book continues his excellence in writing about advanced topics in ASP.NET. There are many things that he covers that you come across on a day-to-day basis and he explains those topics well.

The topics in this book are not simple. That's why sometimes I think people who have reviewed this says it can be a hard read. Well, again that's because the topics are NOT SIMPLE. When you are diving into creating your own custom controls, Virtual Path Providers, Asynchronous Commands & Callbacks, Http Handlers and the rest, of course the language is going to have to be pretty verbose...there's not really a good way around this unless you're going to write a 1000 page Head First type of book that explains it in more simple terms.

You will search the internet for a while trying to find this kind of information. I don't know how many times I have opened Dino's book to find what I'm looking for especially when we need to create custom providers, controls and to just really understand the processing of and all the low-level details that can really become overwelming. Dino does a nice job by not overly explaining things (since you could to way into depth on many of these advanced topics) but also does not leave you short in most of his sections.

His examples are more real-world also as well as his explaination and solutions while talking about a topic. I have been at 3 .coms and all of us used his book to figure out how to do a lot of advanced tasks quite literally by him explaining (examples Virtual Path Provider, custom Http Handlers, etc.).

He also takes the time to show you diagrams more than any book I've ready on the processes.
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