- Paperback: 600 pages
- Publisher: Manning Publications (September 3, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933988142
- ISBN-13: 978-1933988146
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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ASP.NET AJAX in Action
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About the Author
Alessandro "Garbin" Gallo is a Microsoft MVP in the Visual ASP/ASP.NET category and has been an active contributor for the Ajax Control Toolkit project. As a .NET developer/consultant with a primary focus on ASP.NET application design and development, Alessandro has been developing with ASP.NET AJAX since the very first CTP. Notably, he won the Grand Prize at the Mash-it-up with ASP.NET AJAX contest held by Microsoft in 2006.
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Top customer reviews
This books filled that need for me - it's the perfect introductory text for marrying ajax concepts with those of ASP.NET. They spend just enough time on background information. The examples are plentiful and well explained. This is my first "In Action" book and I am definitely going to become a fan of the series.
I purchased this book due to the abundance of positive reviews. Unfortunately, the author/publisher fails to include in their description that the examples are based in C#. I was looking for VB. (Note to ALL publishers of technical books: Be VERY SPECIFIC in your Product Description as to what language your examples are based in. If you don't, then you are just pushing paper for the purpose of making a sale....) While I have some experience in C#, converting the examples to VB became a nightmare! And, even when I did try running the examples in their native C#, several failed.
While the depth and coverage of the material is very good, giving plenty of under-the-hood information about AJAX and Microsoft's implementation of such, this is almost nullified by the fact that the code examples are continually presented out of order. A (very annoying) example of this is in chapter 5 where the author attempts to explain how to make cross domain calls to the Yahoo mapping API. The author provides the code to create a webservice (GeocodeService) that includes a reference to a class (Location) that isn't provided until later, which has a reference to another class (YahooProvider) that isn't explained until after that...(lather, frustrate, repeat, or should it be rinse, repeat, lather?) Had the examples been presented from inside-out it would have been easier to code and follow in a step-by-step manner. Instead, you are constantly required to read ahead, then code from back to front. Annoying to say the least.
Had the examples been better organized, and more explicit on including that button, the onclick event, the assembly reference, etc., it would have been a four or five star book. Instead, the frustration factor made the attempt to learn-by-example impractical.
Back in 2007, this book probably was a bit more relevant, as is often the case with *any* programming book. But to still charge over $30 for this useless garbage?
If this doesn't sum up the worthlessness of the book, I don't know what else could:
** There is an ENTIRE CHAPTER dedicated to XMLScript **
Avoid this book at all costs!!
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