- Series: Developer Reference
- Paperback: 722 pages
- Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (August 22, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735615829
- ISBN-13: 978-0735615823
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,529,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Developing Microsoft® ASP.NET Server Controls and Components (Developer Reference) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Nikhil Kothari is a developer on the ASP.NET team and has developed many of the complex controls that ship with the .NET Framework SDK.
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Although it is a little dated, there is nothing I noticed that is incorrect even compared to the latest Framework versions; however, it does mention DataGrid instead of GridView, and it discusses design time Verbs (context menu items on the design surface) as opposed to the newer ActionItems (SmartTag items on the design surface). The inner workings of controls hasn't changed that much, so since this isn't about existing controls so much as creating them, I don't think the age compromises the text very much at all. MS deployed the CLR/Framework with stunning completeness right off to the start.
The writing is clear, and the level of content depth and content review is very apt. Most people wanting to get into creating their own controls will probably have a background in ASP.NET strong enough to make this a fairly easy read as tech manuals go.
Very good tone. Example code in the text itself seems well chosen and isn't cut up into tiny bits that make it hard to track; in fact, it's pretty generous. If you're like me, you learn as much from clear-cut examples as from the writing, so that gives this book the 5 stars, especially given the two great summary examples in the last chapters of the book.
Reading this book is like watching the author dissecting the whole asp.net before you step by step!
Yes, you might realize this book is bloody good after reading the 1st Chap, but you might also find at the same time that this book is very hard to follow. Yes, it is a tough book. Because this book is .net professional-oriented and also because of .net framework's intimidating scale and convoluted hierachical structure itself.
This book will definitely bring your understanding of asp.net to the highest possible level(The impossible level is to aquire source code of core asp.net implementation from Microsoft.LoL)
Once you've truely digested this book (not swallow), you will find how trivial it is to build an asp.net page!You can now build powerful controls by your own and they would be used by others! (Copyrights! Aha!)
However, some need to be familiar with more or less the whole map of CFL to get a quick understanding of this book with less pain and reading this book itself is a procedure of learning CFL within the whole ./web namespace! Its really challenging!
Why I said this book is for all .net versions. because new controls or components provided by .net 2.0 or above just abstract some codes in this books to a higher level(packaging them into new classes and that's it). In other words, this books contains some arguably genuine source code from Microsoft! Precious!! Its my Precious! LoL
Happy studying! Thx Nikhil, brilliant work!
This is truly what technical writing should be: clear, concise, well-organized, well presented, with useful exercises.
If you need to learn how to write ASP.NET custom controls, in detail and in depth, this is clearly the book to buy.
I recommend it highly.
at the beginning level. I find this books
more dificult to go through than the wrox books
but there is very books that cover this area
Examples for chapter 13-14 don't work.
I would prefer if the examples were more simple
and explained better.
I will finish this book soon, but I do know that
I will need to get another book on server control
with better explanations to fully understand this
The book is fairly complicated but only because control development happens to be complicated. If you are expecting a book that will simplify custom control development this isn't it. If you find a book that simplifies control development and it serves your purposes that is great but you will certainly be missing out on a great deal of the power available. If you are serious about non-trivial control development and are looking for a book that explains custom controls then this book is very nearly perfect.
I have this book open on my desk everyday as it answers questions I have been unable to find answers to anywhere else.
If you are developing controls and you don't enjoy being frustrated or hacking endlessly away trying to get your controls to work properly, buy this book.