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Professional ASP.NET 2.0 (Programmer to Programmer) Paperback – November 10, 2005
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From the Back Cover
Professional ASP.NET 2.0
ASP.NET allows web sites to display unique pages for each visitor rather than show the same static HTML pages. The release of ASP.NET 2.0 is a revolutionary leap forward in the area of web application development. It brings with it a wealth of new and exciting built-in functions that reduce the amount of code you'll need to write for even the most common applications.
With more than 50 new server controls, the number of classes inside ASP.NET 2.0 has more than doubled, and, in many cases, the changes in this new version are dramatic. This book will alert you to every new feature and capability that ASP.NET 2.0 provides so that you'll be prepared to put these new technologies into action.
What you will learn from this book
- The idea of the server control and its pivotal role in ASP.NET development
- How to create templated ASP.NET pages using the new master page feature
- Techniques for debugging and handling errors
- The various frameworks that will enable you to extract, create, manipulate, and store XML
- Ways to package and deploy ASP.NET applications
- How to retrieve, update, and delete data quickly and logically
Who this book is for
This book is for experienced programmers and developers who are looking to make the transition to ASP.NET 2.0.
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
About the Author
Bill Evjen is an active proponent of .NET technologies and community-based learning initiatives for .NET. He has been actively involved with .NET since the first bits were released in 2000. In the same year, Bill founded the St. Louis .NET User Group (www.stlnet.org), one of the world’s first such groups. Bill is also the founder and executive director of the International .NET Association (www.ineta.org), which represents more than 375,000 members worldwide.
Based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Bill is an acclaimed author and speaker on ASP.NET and XMLWeb services. He has written or co-written Professional C#, Third Edition; Professional VB.NET, Third Edition; and ASP.NET 2.0 Beta Preview (all Wrox titles), as well as ASP.NET Professional Secrets, XMLWeb Services for ASP.NET, Web Services Enhancements: Understanding the WSE for Enterprise Applications, Visual Basic .NET Bible, and ASP.NET Professional Secrets (all published by Wiley). In addition to writing, Bill is a speaker at numerous conferences, including DevConnections, VSLive, and TechEd.
Bill is a Technical Director for Reuters, the international news and financial services company, and he travels the world speaking to major financial institutions about the future of the IT industry. He was graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, with a Russian language degree. When he isn’t tinkering on the computer, he can usually be found at his summer house in Toivakka, Finland. You can reach Bill at email@example.com. He presently keeps his weblog at www.geekswithblogs.net/evjen.
Scott Hanselman is currently the Chief Architect at the Corillian Corporation (NASDAQ: CORI), an eFinance enabler. He has more than 13 years’ experience developing software in C, C++, VB, COM, and certainly in VB.NET and C#. Scott is proud to be both a Microsoft RD as well as an MVP for both ASP.NET and Solutions Architecture. Scott has spoken at dozens of conferences worldwide, including three TechEds and the North African DevCon. He is a primary contributor to “newtelligence DasBlog Community Edition 1.7,” the most popular open-source ASP.NET blogging software hosted on SourceForge.
This is the third book Scott has worked on for Wrox and certainly the most fun. His thoughts on the Zen of .NET, programming, and Web Services can be found on his blog at www.computerzen.com. He welcomes email and PayPal’ed money at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farhan Muhammad is the Chief Architect of ILM Professional Service. He is also the Microsoft Regional Director (RD) for the U.S. North Central region. As an RD, he focuses on providing the vital link between Microsoft and the developer community. He has been a board member at the International .NET Association (INETA), where he actively helped support developers’ communities worldwide. He leads the Twin Cities .NET User Group, a developers’ community of more than 1,200 members in Minnesota dedicated to sharing .NET knowledge among developers. He has also written Real World ASP.NET Best Practices (Apress, 2003).
S. Srinivasa Sivakumar is a Solution Architect for Microsoft India. Srinivasa has co-written more than 15 books and more than 40 technical articles for major publications. A list of his published materials is available at www3.brinkster.com/webguru/.
Devin Rader is an Infragistics Technology Evangelist and is responsible for writing Infragistics reference applications and .NET technology articles, as well as the worldwide delivery of Infragistics’ technology demonstrations. Devin is an active member and leader for the International .NET Association (INETA) and believes strongly in the software development community. He helped found the St. Louis .NET Users Group in November 2000 and is a frequent speaker at community events nationwide. Devin writes the monthly ASP.NET Tips & Tricks column for ASP.NET Pro magazine, as well as .NET technology articles for MSDN Online. He has served as the sole technical editor for a number of works, including Web Services Enhancements: Understanding the WSE for Enterprise Applications, ASP.NET Professional Secrets, and ASP.NET 2.0 Beta Preview (all published by Wiley).
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Top customer reviews
I've been using ASP 1-3 since about 1998 on fairly large scale production apps, so have some experience with it. I've tinkered with ASP.NET 1.x and have taken classes on it, but haven't worked with it on a production app yet.
I've ordered a couple of .Net 2.0 books, this was the first to arrive. I've been to the recent MS events RE: VS2005 including the launch event, and have been looking forward to getting this book to clear up some questions.
I really liked the explanation in the book regarding the new folders VS 2005 uses. Same for the overview of the IDE. I wish there was more coverage, but as mentioned, this book is about 1200 pages already. This subject needs multiple books to cover it all.
I like the writing style for the most part, better than some of the other Wrox books I've got (especially one dealing with Sharp Develop). The first few chapters are great (the IDE, etc.) but you can tell someone else wrote the chapters covering some of the components.
I'm learning a lot from this, but it's also leaving me with questions. For example, in .Net 1.1, you could set a default namespace for a web app which was then used for all the code you created. I don't see that in VS 2005, nor do I see any explanation about why it might not be necessary or how to do it if I wanted to. Maybe it'll be explained later in the book.
Overall, so far I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a good overview of a lot of aspects regarding ASP.NET 2.0. It won't answer everything in depth, but it does provide a good kickstart. It's certainly more fun (for me anyway) to read a book than to read online documentation from MS.
Another thing I don't like about this book is that it dives into technical details without give you the whole picture about what is a proper ASP.Net website.After reading this book you would not have a concept in your mind about how to build an ASP.Net. It's just bits here and bits there.
First Off, ASP.Net 2.0 is awesome, and what you can do with it is amazing. After a month of writing in it, I have cut my development time down in half compared to PHP, or even just ASP classic. I had no idea just how powerful it was. Microsoft did a great job on this one.
As far as the book goes, If your good in classic ASP, Visual Basic, Visual C, then this is the book for you. I read the first couple of chapters, and had a complete understanding of what ASP.net was, and what you can do with it. The next couple of chapters shows off the power of the server controls, so you know what to choose when needed. You get code examples in C Sharp and VB. The middle of the book show the use of XML, ADO, Data Binding, SQL Server 2005, which is now a snap. The end of the book shows off what you can do with mobile phones, and how to make a Windows type setup program for your ASP.Net project when your done. The example code is useless, but does show how to use the languade in the proper context.
The book works and gives your the information you need, if your an experienced programmer and already know vb or C real well.