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Programming Microsoft® ASP.NET 2.0 Core Reference Paperback – November 9, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0735621763 ISBN-10: 0735621764 Edition: 2005 ed.

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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 2005 ed. edition (November 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735621764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735621763
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Completely revised and updated for ASP.NET 2.0, this book expertly illustrates the intricacies and uses of the technology—in a single, pragmatic volume.

Key Book Benefits:

• Delves into the core, must-know topics for developers working with ASP.NET 2.0, and advances their mastery with essential skills

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

• Provides hands-on code examples to illustrate concepts and build skills mastery

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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I've read terse and boring tech stuff but this is the complete opposite, it's just fluff.
NET 2.0 since Beta 2 (and worked with v1.x for 3 years prior), I learned new things from this book.
R. Carlson
The author advises that this book should not be the first to be read on the subject of ASP.
James F. Houghton

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By James de la Bastide on April 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
The book is not quite what I had expected it to be. Many here are saying that it is not a book for beginners, but I think that is not true. The book tends to lean a little more to the fact that the reader is not an experienced programmer and had not used .NET in the past. It has the typical Anatomy of an ASP.NET Page and deployment discussions.

I would not call the book a 'Core Reference' if your definition of a reference is a book to refer back to when you have a specific question on how something works. There is a lot of useful data here, but it is interrupted with trivial examples and in my mind basic knowledge. If you are an experienced .NET developer, a cursory read in the bookstore will be more than enough to get to know the new controls in ASP.NET 2.0. The MSDN will fill in the blanks. This is probably a good book to use as a study guide for the new certification exams, but not a book that I will be using a reference for the ASP.NET 2.0 controls.

Of particular interest are the SQLDataAdapter class and changes in the 2.0 viewstate. The Web Controls are glanced over, but if you know ASP.NET 1.x it doesn't matter. There is a large discusssion on the new Bindable Grid Controls, but they once again are very limited compared to what is available via 3rd party controls (Not an issue with the book, but the controls themselves).

Overall the book is decent. I don't think it is a must have for your programming library, but good to be pick up if you are generally new to .NET and want to work with the latest version.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By John Brunton on March 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have been programming ASP.NET for 3 years and my knowledge was increased by Dino's book: Programming ASP.NET (ISBN 0-7356-1903-4). This new book, Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 has a lot of promise of learning what is going on "under the hood". While all this information is good/nice to know, it isn't what an experienced ASP.NET 1.1 developer needs to know day one toward learning what is new in ASP.NET 2.0. I would, rather, recommend Murach's ASP.NET 2.0 upgrader's guide (ISBN 1-890774-35-9) to get you up to speed very quickly to the new features in 2.0. It is like looking at the earth from 50 miles high whereas Dino's new book is at the 1 mile level. It is good, no, very good but when your making a living at laying code you don't have time to stop what you are doing and learn new versions (every year or two). That's why I recommend Murach's book for a first look into 2.0 and then Dino's book to fill-in the details.

By the way, excellent work Dino!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By James F. Houghton on November 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
Learning to program is a hands-on activity. The best teaching texts are those that provide example programs which the student can reproduce, tinker with, and observe, to learn the concepts illustrated thereby.

Unfortunately this book does not take that pedagogical approach. The textual descriptions are high-level, supplemented by abstract and simplified diagrams, as well as tables that list in exhaustive (and exhausting) detail the various classes, their methods, properties, &c. One looks in vain however for a good program to illustrate how an actual ASP.Net website might work (I gave up looking after Part I).

The author advises that this book should not be the first to be read on the subject of ASP.Net 2.0. Accordingly, I read a more basic text on the subject, which, through well-constructed sample programs, gave me a firm grasp of the basics and whetted my appetite to learn more advanced techniques I could use to build practical websites. I hoped this book would supply those techniques, but I was disappointed.

This book might be of use to a developer who already knows the essentials of ASP.Net 2.0, and needs a desk reference for use in day-to-day programming tasks. As a learning tool, it is about as useful as trying to learn a foreign language by reading a dictionary.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Craig Bolon on April 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
In his book, "Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0, Core Reference" (Microsoft Press, 2006), Dino Esposito follows a strategic approach that complements other books on the topic, such as "Professional ASP.NET 2.0" from Bill Evjen and four others (Wrox, 2006) and "Programming ASP.NET, 3rd Edition" from Jesse Liberty and Dan Hurwitz (O'Reilly, 2006).

Although not a Microsoft employee, Esposito writes from "inside the base." He explores capabilities of ASP.NET 2.0 in topics that will be familiar to developers experienced with previous Microsoft environments. The early chapters contain some Microsoft "evangelism," although they are free of the usual "incredibly" and "great" and "powerful." They explain how ASP.NET 2.0 overcomes limitations of some previous Microsoft systems. You can also skip to the ends of chapters for short sections that Esposito calls "Just the Facts."

A Web-enabled programming infrastructure provides two major services: server object representation of HTML pages and state management. In his first three chapters Esposito outlines ASP.NET 2.0 strategy and mechanisms for object representation, removing nearly all the mystery left by Microsoft's documentation. He also describes how support for localization works, a notable feature of Microsoft environments for many years that is mostly neglected in other ASP.NET books. Although XML is heavily used in ASP.NET 2.0, Esposito provides in this book only a brief description. His older book, "Applied XML Programming for .NET" (Microsoft Press, 2003), provides a detailed description in the context of ASP.NET 1.0.

After explaining ASP.NET 2.0 object services, Esposito digs into controls and data management for more than 400 pages before returning to strategy in presenting state management.
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