- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press (November 14, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321146425
- ISBN-13: 978-0321146427
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,372,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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ASP.NET Development with Dreamweaver MX: Visual QuickPro Guide Paperback – November 14, 2002
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From the Back Cover
By combining the application development features of Visual Basic with the power of C ++, Microsoft's .NET framework is bringing revolutionary power toWeb developers. However, to tap that power, developers need to figure out how to work within the .NET framework--and for that there's ASP.NET Development with Dreamweaver: Visual QuickPro Guide. In clear, direct language, reinforced by lots of visual aids, this task-based guide shows readers how to use Macromedia's popular Dreamweaver software (completely updated to support ASP.NET) within the .NET framework to create more powerful Web applications than ever before. Starting with the basics, readers will learn how Dreamweaver integrates with the .NET framework before moving on to more advanced topics like ADO.NET database interaction and extending the .NET framework through user controls. In the process, readers will also discover how to take advantage of Dreamweaver's fantastic Web Services integration--again in the context of the .NET framework and the new object-oriented features available to .NET languages. Peppered throughout are the inside tips and timesaving techniques readers have come to expect from this popular series. For anybody who wants to create .NET applications from within Dreamweaver MX, this guide is mandatory.
About the Author
Joel Martinez creates enterprise-level Web applications for theinsurance industry and is the technical Editor of MX inSite magazine.This is his first book for Peachpit Press.
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1. FULL OF TYPOS. Come on guys ... were you in THAT much of a hurry to get this book on the shelves that you couldn't have reviewed it first? Did you write this book in one night? Syntax is very important, ESPECIALLY in a programming book! This book is HORRIBLE and USELESS because of all the typos. You stole my money. Mind giving me a refund?
2. Screen Shots WAY too small ... I had to break out the magnifying glass to read the screen shots. The screen shots (for the most part) are actually correct. The text is usually not.
3. Last but not least, the flow of this book is enough to make you want to give up learning ASP.NET. The instructions are too confusing. For example: "Step 1: Create a new web form". Huh? This example on page 92 has nothing to do with creating a web form!
I would not recommend this book to anyone. Complete waste of money.
A couple of reviews mention errors in the book. I've found that DW itself generates bad VB code. The book uses C# in its examples, so if you opted to work in VB you won't have anything in the book to compare your generated output with. You should have enough VB.NET knowledge to recognize bad code when you see it and make the necessary corrections. In fact, I'd say that this book is intended for people who know both DW and ASP.NET and want to learn how the two work together, not for people who know one technology and want to learn the other.
The book doesn't deal with ASP.NET code-behind files at all. The authors state that they're a great idea, but because DW doesn't support them directly and they're difficult to integrate, the book won't attempt cover them.
Seriously, this book really only scratches the surface of what ASP.NET and Dreamweaver MX can do. I have gained more knowledge of the subject from the Macromedia Dev site and it's free. It's funny because the cover even says "in-depth explanations", yeah right. Their idea of explanations is, we're not going to cover that in this book.
To top it off, there are major typos! Here's an example:
Page 87 in the book, the code in step 8 says Page.BindData(); works? Nope! You have to look at this very small screenshot of the sample code (I mean tiny screenshot) to find out it should be DataBind. That is not the only one, I just got use to getting my magnifying glass out and typing the code from the screenshot and no, I do not have bad eye site! But when you follow the screenshot you do not get the "in-depth" explanations of what you are typing.
Sorry guys but this book was obviously rushed and definitely not visual!