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ASP.NET 2.0 Unleashed
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Top Customer Reviews
- Comprehensive. It really is a soup-to-nuts tour, with very little left out. At over 1900 pages, 34 chapters, it is the biggest computer book I've ever owned, and I have boxes of them.
- Tons of useful examples that actually work. They're shown in the book in VB.NET, but the CD has both VB.NET and C#. I'm working in C#. By useful, I mean that there is code here that I can see myself lifting for actual production work. I've tried dozens of the examples, and they all work.
- Author's voice is easy to follow and writes well. The book contains few or no typos. I hate paying $$$ for books that are thrown together with lousy editing and presentation; this is definitely a quality piece of work, from the writing perspective and also from the editing perspective.
That being said, this is a great book for people who already know ASP.NET and want to learn about the newest features. The code examples are excellent and are included on the CD in both C# & VB.NET.
Word of caution: if you're looking to come quickly up to speed on ASP.NET 2.0, this book is not what you want; it is the antithesis of crash-course. However, if you've got the basics covered, this will build upon them masterfully.
I will try to explain.
Well this book is a product of amazing quality, input and hard work from the author.
Here are the pros:
it is only written by one author.
It has complete code listings [it comes in at a wapping 1900+ pages] - and this cannot be underestimated, as lots of books give you snippets so you have to look in 2 or 3 places to understand what you're doing.
The code listings are on the disk and they are very very well organized by chapter. They are in VB and C#
The code listings all work
it has few typos, I'm reading it from front to back and I've come across very little that is wrong.
It progresses very nicely from the simple to the complex
it is intensely practical in the way that it's written being basically one long tutorial covering all the vital aspects ASP.net and how they relate to the .Net framework
the listings are in VB which is verbose and a worse choice for a thick book (obviously that's a subjective point)
often the examples contain scads of features (sqldatasource, objectdatasource etc...etc..) that are not explained until later in the book. This can be a good thing though
it's not the only book you can read because even though it goes through all the features it's not definitive and does not contain industrial quality or highly elegant code.
it's very light on theory.
Even having said all that, I still can't recommend this book enough because so much of what passes for computer books (especially on ASP.net) is so awful and incomplete that this tome stands out for the right reasons.
I'm not alone in praising it, even the father of ASP.Net Scott Guthrie gives it 5 stars, that has got to count for something
As a professional developer I like to understand the tools I use in my craft. Stephen does a great job of teaching you how ASP.NET works and then shows you how to use that knowledge to build professional ASP.NET applications. The book will address almost any type of task you will encounter during your ASP.NET development and show you how to do it right.
One of my favorite things are Stephen's tips that are spread throughout the book and help you avoid common (and sometimes very frustrating) issues that you would otherwise spend hours figuring out for yourself.
I recommend this book to any developer working on ASP.NET 2.0 from beginner to expert. You will not need any other book for your ASP.NET work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was purchased for a college course back in 2007. although it was great for it's time, it might be considered a little outdated now since we were using VS 2003 in the... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Jennifer Schmidt
Stephen Walther's book on ASP.NET 2.0 is an excellent introduction to, and reference for, the technology. Read morePublished on June 30, 2010 by Robert W. Holmes
This book contains a large amount of valuable information for beginners to intermediates developing in ASP.NET and/or VB.NET. It is easy to read and understand. Read morePublished on May 9, 2009 by Fred Williams
I'm at a moderate level of web programming experience and new to .net 2.0. I have referenced the book twice in a week for topics that I was having trouble googling. Read morePublished on May 16, 2008 by David W. Smith
We bought 5 of these for our staff. I haven't gotten too far into it yet as we're really busy but we are being forced to move to .net soon so we need some materials. Read morePublished on March 11, 2008 by Gary L. Richter Jr.
Generally speaking, it's a good book for new features of asp.net 2.0.
Unfortunately, this big book still not include, two important parts of asp.net, ADO.NET and Web Service.
I bought this book just a few weeks back. And I've noticed that there are no database files in the CD. Read morePublished on October 30, 2007 by Shirish Tummala
Trying to read most other book on asp.net 2.0 programming books are dull, boring, and mostly hard to follow. ASP.Net 2. Read morePublished on June 7, 2007 by K. Conklin
I've been read a lot of ASP NET books, but since I read this one my knowledge of using this tecnology has changed and a lot of concepts in this plataform as well. Read morePublished on May 13, 2007 by Raniere Silva