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Programming Microsoft® ASP.NET 2.0 Core Reference (Developer Reference) 2005 ed. Edition

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Completely revised and updated for ASP.NET 2.0, this book expertly illustrates the intricacies and uses of the technology—in a single, pragmatic volume.

Key Book Benefits:

• Delves into the core, must-know topics for developers working with ASP.NET 2.0, and advances their mastery with essential skills

• Examines the new controls and infrastructure in ASP.NET 2.0 in depth, while also providing the latest information on classic ASP features such as controls

• Provides hands-on code examples to illustrate concepts and build skills mastery

About the Author

Dino Esposito is a well-known ASP.NET, AJAX, and Microsoft Silverlight® expert who has written or co-written several popular books, including Microsoft ASP.NET and Ajax: Architecting Web Applications and Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 4. He is a regular contributor to MSDN® Magazine and speaks at industry events such as DevConnections and Microsoft TechEd.


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Product Details

  • Series: Developer Reference
  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 2005 ed. edition (November 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735621764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735621763
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,704,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is the perfect reference for any Intermediate/Advanced ASP.NET programmer. It may not be as helpful if you are a beginner because the coverage is too wide and too deep to keep the interest of a beginner. But it is a must-have as a desk reference when you get past the beginner stage.
We looked at many books on the general subject of .NET and the specific subjects of VB.NET, ASP.NET, and ADO.NET to learn how to successfully create Web Applications that users love. There are a lot of books out there on .NET that are more confusing than helpful. And most books - just touch the basics, don't give detailed explanations, or don't have sample code that works. There are a few exceptions and this book is one of them. It doesn't have any of the above mentioned problems.
What is most impressive about this book is the readability of the material. If you are interested in the details of how something works in ASP.NET, you will find that once you pick up this book and start reading it, it is difficult to put it down. The explanations are clear, concise, yet detailed and the different topics are all very neatly interconnected.
If your primary interest is in finding a book with code to modify for your own project situation, this is NOT the book. There are other excellent books for that purpose. 'ASP.NET Developer's Cookbook' by The ASP Alliance is one that we prefer(despite most claims, the code in this book does work after you find workarounds to Visual Studio .NET problems first).
The book being reviewed here can be best used for accomplishing the purpose of gaining a COMPLETE working knowledge of ASP.NET. It will obviously take many months of dedicated effort (at least 10-15 hours a week) to master this subject.
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The book is not quite what I had expected it to be. Many here are saying that it is not a book for beginners, but I think that is not true. The book tends to lean a little more to the fact that the reader is not an experienced programmer and had not used .NET in the past. It has the typical Anatomy of an ASP.NET Page and deployment discussions.

I would not call the book a 'Core Reference' if your definition of a reference is a book to refer back to when you have a specific question on how something works. There is a lot of useful data here, but it is interrupted with trivial examples and in my mind basic knowledge. If you are an experienced .NET developer, a cursory read in the bookstore will be more than enough to get to know the new controls in ASP.NET 2.0. The MSDN will fill in the blanks. This is probably a good book to use as a study guide for the new certification exams, but not a book that I will be using a reference for the ASP.NET 2.0 controls.

Of particular interest are the SQLDataAdapter class and changes in the 2.0 viewstate. The Web Controls are glanced over, but if you know ASP.NET 1.x it doesn't matter. There is a large discusssion on the new Bindable Grid Controls, but they once again are very limited compared to what is available via 3rd party controls (Not an issue with the book, but the controls themselves).

Overall the book is decent. I don't think it is a must have for your programming library, but good to be pick up if you are generally new to .NET and want to work with the latest version.
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I have been programming ASP.NET for 3 years and my knowledge was increased by Dino's book: Programming ASP.NET (ISBN 0-7356-1903-4). This new book, Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 has a lot of promise of learning what is going on "under the hood". While all this information is good/nice to know, it isn't what an experienced ASP.NET 1.1 developer needs to know day one toward learning what is new in ASP.NET 2.0. I would, rather, recommend Murach's ASP.NET 2.0 upgrader's guide (ISBN 1-890774-35-9) to get you up to speed very quickly to the new features in 2.0. It is like looking at the earth from 50 miles high whereas Dino's new book is at the 1 mile level. It is good, no, very good but when your making a living at laying code you don't have time to stop what you are doing and learn new versions (every year or two). That's why I recommend Murach's book for a first look into 2.0 and then Dino's book to fill-in the details.

By the way, excellent work Dino!
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Dino Esposito's book, "Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0, Applications," is best described as a second volume of "Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0, Core Reference" (also Microsoft Press, 2006). Opposing industry trends in computer books, Microsoft Press does not publish a table of contents for potential readers. Unless readers can inspect a copy at a bookstore, as I did, they will have difficulty deciding whether the book has content useful to them.

The two volumes combined are about equal in coverage to "Professional ASP.NET 2.0" from Bill Evjen and four others (Wrox, 2006). Esposito's strategic emphasis is not as significant for the "Applications" volume as it was for the "Core Reference" volume. The second volume mainly covers additional class libraries, such as those for "web parts," that are more likely to be of use in commercial portals and sales sites than in professional, Web-enabled applications. However, it is in this "Applications" volume rather than in the "Core References" volume that Esposito presents such critical topics as the ASP.NET 2.0 resource, role and image management services and the tree and menu controls.

In Esposito's two volumes combined one gets about 1,550 pages at twice the price of about 1,250 pages from Evjen, et al. Besides about 300 more pages, what one gets in return for the extra cost is coverage of some extra topics, such as resources, and generally clearer and more consistent descriptions of ASP.NET 2.0, free from gushing enthusiasms. Esposito also provides tables of properties and methods for the major classes. The items in these tables are the same as those in Microsoft's documentation, as furnished with the Visual Studio tools and available without charge on the Web, but often Esposito's explanations are both clearer and more detailed than Microsoft's opaque and perfunctory style.
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