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I'm not a programmer, but I play one in the office.
on March 20, 2002
I enjoy the tone of this book and Mitchell's website, 4guysfromrolla.com; but as a non-programmer, I haven't learned ASP in 21 days. I've had a difficult time applying my knowledge.
The book is definately for beginners, but of course, not all beginners are created equal. I, for one, didn't need to spend two days looking over HTML code for making forms. I know how to do that part. What I don't know is how to collect the information and do something with it. And I seem to be slow picking up that understanding.
In short, this is a good book for beginners, but it strays a bit from the point. To give you more of an idea (since you can't just flip through the book right now), I'll summarize the book subjects for you:
Week 1 starts off with the easy stuff, discusses VBScript functions and control structures, and deals with variables and objects. The final chapter on the Response Object is the best of the seven.
Week 2 has a couple light chapters on forms before getting into the Request Object, Session Object, and reading or writing to the server. One chapter is on components, another on error handling.
Week 3 starts easy again with a few words on databases. It moves on to the Connection and Recordset objects for three chapters, and throws in SQL statements and other techniques at the end.