Sams Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 24 Hours Complete Starter Kit (Sams Teach Yourself in 24 Hours)
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About the Author
Scott Mitchell has authored hundreds of articles on Microsoft Web Technologies since 1998. In addition to his vast collection of online articles, Scott has written three previous books on ASP/ASP.NET: Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days (Sams); Designing Active Server Pages (O'Reilly); and ASP.NET: Tips, Tutorials, and Code (Sams). Scott has also written a number of magazine articles, including articles for Microsoft's MSDN Magazine and asp.netPRO. Scott has also been a speaker at numerouse ASP/ASP.NET user groups across the country and at ASP.NET conferences. In addition, he also taught three ASP.NET classes at the University of California - San Diego.
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Personally, I've been a web, and application programmer for about ten years. I have learned many languages, but felt a little uneasy about learning ASP.NET. Not only did I not want to have to run an SQL server, I didn't want to deal with the aspects of online checkout. I recently accepted a job where it was a prerequisite to have ASP.NET background, so I bought this 24-Hour guide to jumpstart myself into the world of Active Server Pages.
This book really did show me that there was nothing to worry about. Although reading this book is almost like a rollercoaster ride. He jumps around so much, you don't know wether you're going up or down. One second he's talking about VBscript, then about aesthetic properties, then he's talking about how everything you need to know is beyond the scope of this book, and you should really buy his other ones. Then goes on to explain how to install the SQL server (In Hour 13. More than halfway through the book, and you can now run the software needed to make your pages work). After I setup my SQL server and started making sucessful, and almost-useful database retreival pages, I realized that the book ended there. It started harping on un-needed aesthetic properties of dropdown menus, and listboxes (I guess that's what you get with such a young author). The DataGrid properties were very helpful, and useful to use when "dolling up" your website, but if you've got an IQ of over 40, you could probably figure out that the same properties apply in the same way to all of the web controls, and the readers might know how to use a Repeater control.
The most important web control in the arsenal of an ASP.NET programmer is the Repeater control. This book has one statement regarding the Repeater control, claiming it to be (and I quote), "Beyond the scope of this book." I think there are more mentions to the phrase, "Beyond the scope of this book," than explanations of imperative web controls.
I would recommend that you check out the free website located at [...] before buying the book. There are more examples at the site than in the book, as well as full programming example codes (which by the way are not explained in the book).
The programmer that plans on using a text-based editor to create ASP.NET pages should not buy this book. Anyone with very little programming comprehension, or any beginner that knows nothing about pre-existing web languages may enjoy this book. For a 14 year-old beginner of HTML, this would be a very fun book, I'm sure.
The author describes the basics of ASP.NET concepts and coding techniques using a very clear and understandable writing style. Each hour lesson builds on the previous lesson so even complete novices (like I was) will be comfortable with each topic as they progress through the book.
The author uses VB.NET for the code examples, but C#.NET programmers should have no trouble following along. Indeed, I easily translated the VB code to C# after I finished each lesson.
As an extra bonus, the accompanying CD-Rom contains the full .Net Frameworks SDK, MSDE (SQL Server desktop), and Web Matrix Project, which is a very nifty IDE for developing ASP.NET applications (and the samples included in each lesson). You will need either Windows 2000 or Windows XP Professional to test and run your ASP web page locally on your home computer. (For users of Windows 98/ME, the author provides alternative intructions for setting up through a Web Server provider.)
After 10 years of SQL Server/Visual Basic professional programming experience, this book kick-started my efforts to becoming a professional ASP.NET developer. I've been through countless technical books throughout my IT career, and I rate this book as one of the best ever for getting a beginner up and running very quickly with a new technology. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great book to get started with ASP.NET and the Web Matrix Project IDE.
Mar 11, 2004 T*
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - 5 STARS
Top international reviews
I was so happy with this book that after finishing it, I ordered "Sams Teach Yourself Visual Basic 2003 in 24 hours", which isn't even half as good. Stay away from that book! No answers to questions on CD and quite a few mistakes made ;-)