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on August 1, 2011
At almost 1500 pages, this book covers ASP.NET in great detail. It gives a good overview of just about any topic you can think of in the .NET 4 framework, and the explanations and code examples are clear. You couldn't really ask for much more.

I also appreciated the authors' honesty with respect to the subject of LINQ to Entities. While many authors (and unfortunately a lot of developers) have fawned over this technology (and ORM generally), the authors state with regard to LINQ to Entities: "At worst, this model breaks down the proper division of layers in a carefully structured component-based application, [and] confuses data retrieval with data processing". (Bingo! ORM in a nutshell. This idea that you should essentially model your data twice and largely ignore the primary purpose of your business layer which is to solve problems, not model data).

The authors go on to say: "It's no exaggeration to say that LINQ to Entities gives developers the most powerful tool for shooting themselves in the foot that they've had in a long time. If in doubt, and if you don't need the more powerful LINQ to Entities features, it's best to stick to the more modest approach of simple [what a concept!], straightforward [ORM isn't straightforward?!] ADO.NET commands." While this short passage may not seem that important in the context of a 1500 page book, it is enormously so. The development community has become somewhat smitten with ORM and the OO astronauts have won some battles in the larger war. This is why I appreciate the authors providing such important advice here.
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on June 28, 2012
This book is way too intense to review from a content perspective here. Suffice it to say that the breadth and depth are inspiring. Core ASP.NET technologies are investigated in great depth, with a lot of focus on role-your-own extensibility options, even when that means coding.

The later chapters serve as different creatures, and are more surface reviews of the newer technology families (well, new to ASP) such as MVC, Silverlight, and Dynamic Data. Still, they are valuable, and each chapter does dare to dirty its hands in some sort of customization scenario to serve as an example for what lies beneath the surface.

This is a core teaching text for a core technology. My only suggestion, really, would be that the next edition needs a little defragmenting, rethinking of overall structure and organization to reflect the latest state of the art.
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on August 6, 2012
I think of the APRESS .NET books as "company man" material. This is the kind of stuff that you learn from drudging away in an office. Anyone who wants to take their .NET seriously and make money will love it. Page after page of how to stuff that is often not found in the Microsoft certification books. Many coding texts give lots of theory and, frankly, too much science. This is the kind of book that will lead you right into professional life. Much like Programming Python this book assumes that you don't need to be taught the basics and are not a hobbyist.
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on January 14, 2011
This is really a book for pro ASP.NET developers, it describes a lot of issues about the subject. Actually, I have only read 5 chapters and I have learned very much compared to other books which teach you how to write an ASP.NET app but do not cover the inner workings. Nevertheless, I reviewed every topic covered in the index and I am sure I bought what I was looking for although patience should be on your side to read about 1500 pages.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to get an in-depth understanding of such a technology.
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on November 22, 2010
Even though I've been programming with ASP and ASP.NET since the Visual InterDev days, I found this to be an excellent source of information on all aspects of ASP.NET programming, the IDE, and publishing. The code examples and downloads are also very thorough, and I highly recommend this book from ASP.NET basics to Silverlight and ASP.NET MVC.
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on August 12, 2011
I love the way the writer wrote this book, it feels like you were in his course class and he talk to you. This is in contrast with the Microsoft books which write like MSDN.

This book contains 1575 pages, it includes almost everythink the ASP.NET programmer needs;

Recommend !
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on July 9, 2015
Very helpful to gain better insight of web forms programming.
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on November 19, 2013
I'm only on page 104 but it is a great book. It explains the important things, rather than a lot of details you may never use. I am very glad that I bought it.
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on December 11, 2011
It's an update book with a good coverage of most subjects in ASP.NET 4. If you are an ASP.NET web programmer and looking for a good book to improve your knowledge about specific subjects, don't miss this one.
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on October 16, 2013
Great Book to learn ASP.NET.

I would recommend this book to anyone learning ASP.NET.
It is a great book to have for coding in C#.
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