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Beginning ASP.NET 4.5 in C# (Experts Voice in .Net) 2012th Edition

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About the Author

Matthew MacDonald is an author,educator, and MCSD developer who has a passion for emerging technologies. He isthe author of more than a dozen books about .NET programming. In a dimly-remembered past life, he studied English literature and theoretical physics.
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Product Details

  • Series: Experts Voice in .Net
  • Paperback: 885 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2012 edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430242515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430242512
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was my first foray into the ASP.NET world. I had previously worked on an Outlook plug-in that utilized C#, so I'm not unfamiliar with the coding language or the Visual Studio platform. As a result, the first few chapters were essentially review, though I read them anyway since there is usually a nugget or two I can pick up from the review. I found the book to be very well-organized with some great examples. In addition, all of the coding examples could be pulled from the website in situations where you get stuck. Relating to that, there were a few examples in the book that didn't seem to work right out of the box, but the process of figuring those out helped me to learn. I will say, and it has been repeated by other reviewers, that at times it was a little frustrating to learn about a particular concept and then find out chapters later that there is a much better way to do it and thus you'd gone over the other one essentially as reference (e.g. raw ADO.NET vs. LINQ and the Entity Framework). Now, I don't tend to mind that as much, as it gives me another opportunity to learn. Plus, you never know when you might need to use the older way to accomplish something (backward compatibility, customization, etc.).

I've experienced other reference guides that continue to build on one example, so you can see it evolve and how the newer items improve your life. This one, however, relies on disjointed examples. The pro of this is that you start with a clean slate each chapter (in some cases multiple clean slates depending on the number of concepts covered), the con is that you don't get a chance to see what happens when you drop some different code into a program that is already geared to run on something else, and being forced to compensate for it.
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I'm 120 pages into the book and there still isn't 1 example. I flip ahead and basically very few examples.. and tons of talk about debugging.

The book is clearly intended for someone who's familiar with programming in C# but just wants alittle help with Visual Studio or the unique aspects of ASP.net 4.5

Choose the Imar Spaanjaars book if your a beginner. 40 pages in and i've already made 2 simple websites. HUGE DIFFERENCE!
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This is a great book overall, very thorough. However, it's annoying that the author doesn't tell you which file your working in. Which fortunately was pretty easy to determine, usually... there were a couple of times where i couldn't figure out what file he was working in because the code didn't represent any of the practice files yet required another page to make it run. It's just an annoying thing to waste time on when your trying to learn something.
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It wasn't exactly what I expected, but it should have been. It truly is a beginner's book, more so than a lot of the books labeled as beginning/beginners, etc.

If you know absolutely nothing about ASP.NET and C# this is a book you should get to make a huge leap in understanding.
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I've been coding in c#.net for almost 10 years now, i started it right out of college and hadn't really had a lot of experience with c# or .net. I learned most everything on research and other books/coworkers. So its safe to say even after 10 years coding in it I'm no expert. I thought I'd pick this book up to see if there was anything I hadn't learned yet and being that it's 4.5 framework it would be up to date.

Thankfully I did already know 90% of what is in this book (affirmed that I wasn't a beginner hahaha) , but i did manage to learn a few new things like caching and a few things about viewstate. I liked how things were explained and after skimming through every page of this book, i felt very comfortable handing it off to coworkers for them to brush up on things. We hired a new programmer this week and I plan to have him read through it so that he's up to date on things.

Its a great reference book for if nothing else!
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this book uses a lot of insider lingo so if you are truly a beginner I would steer away at first. If you want to become a professional programmer this is your book. It dissects the code well. The chapter layout doesn't seem to be logical. I skipped the first two chapters then read them last. Overall it is a great reference and anyone who wants to become an asp.net programmer will need to have this in their library.
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I am just starting out with C# and this book has the approach of "throw all the info you can" in the very beginning. If you're new to learning C# then this is a good book as it has good examples of code and talks a lot about the syntax. While this book doesn't have any questions or exercises like many other books, I find this to be a very good book for references as I am constantly going back to previous chapters to review material.
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If you really want to understand the framework, this is a great book! I came from a background of Java and the book did an extremely good job at explaining things in enough detail without drawing it out and watering it down. Good clean content -- buy it.
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