- Series: Sams Teach Yourself in 24 Hours
- Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: Que (May 28, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0672325438
- ISBN-13: 978-0672325434
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 68 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,672,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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If you want to quickly learn the basics of the complete suite of Microsoft tools (briefly described above) for programming web applications, this book by an experienced author and expert ASP.NET developer will serve you well. The included CD has all the Microsoft tools that you need - (1) Visual Web Developer Express, an integratged development environment for page design, code editing, testing, and project administration with most the of the important features of the professional Visual Studio environment, (2) an integrated web server that mimics Microsoft's IIS (a production-grade server) but will run even on XP Home Edition while IIS will not, (3) Visual Basic 2005 Express version, which is today the most common language for writing Microsoft code, (4) SQL Server 2005 Express Version, a starter version containing the basic funcitonality of the full SQL Sever 2005, which is one of the top three relational databases used for major websites.
So just add a computer with any version of XP or Windows 2000 or 2003. You will not need another reference to learn the basics of ASP.NET, VB, or SQL Server since this book is written for those with no prior experience with these Microsoft products. I would say that if you have never written any code, then perhaps a Teach Yourself VB book or other first programming book would be a better starting point.
I have many years of system administration and programming experience and used the book as a refresher before updating some simple but important applications that I wrote five years ago using older versions of the Microsoft web development servers and tools. I completed the first application update without other references except for a brief look at security issues in a SQL Server book.
For years I have made entry-level software engineers in my small technology company use an earlier version (by a different author) of Teach Yourself ASP.NET. This book is even better, although I would have preferred a book that taught the basics of publishing a site with IIS as well. As pointed out earlier, the author chose to use the web sever built in to Visual Web Developer since Microsoft no longer supports IIS on its entry-level OS version.
There were only a few typos. The twenty-four hours grew to about thirty-five as I slavishly completed all of the examples in the text.
If you know anything about programming with almost any GUI IDE, this book (alone)will teach you how to build complete, functional, real-life, non-trivial, database, web sites and applications.
It requires no extra purchase. It does have examples for Access mdb files, Microsoft SQL databases and MySQL. Except for Access, the other databases are no-cost free downloads.
It uses and includes the Microsoft Visual Web 2005 Developer IDE.
If you are not familiar with SQL it will get you off to a useful start but you will soon need some additional help there. I recommend Beginning ASP.NET 2.0 Databases by Damien Foggon.
It will not teach a non-programmer anything useful.
It is NOT a "You can" book that tells you what can be done but not how to do it.
It is NOT copied from the help files.
It will not teach you HTML, XML, or any other *ML. It will show them and explain what they are.
Unfortunately ( Its only failing in my opinion. ) it does not show you how to publish the web sites you create. The author would argue that that is a topic for another book and I can't really argue with that opinion.
It does start at the beginning with how to use the IDE. It provides examples of every step required to create complete web based sites/applications with database support. including how to use and customize all the commonly used windows controls. It also includes user access control.
It is especially good for a VB programmer who wants to move from client side applications to web based browser/dot.net applications.
Way to go, Scott!
Pros: It is a good book for beginners. It provided easy steps-by-step examples. This book did meet my expectations but did nothing to "WOW" me to give it a good score. Over all, this is a good book and I recommended it with conditions mentioned below.
Cons: There are some mistakes in the book that could lead you in the wrong direction. I wonder why the publisher DID NOT provide an errata for this book. But, with a little programming knowledge you can fix the errors and move on. The last example when you create the photo website has major problems. The author converted the photo website from another project causing major errors. It has mistakes that are so apparent I am suprise that the proof-readers did not catch them. If you have no programming background, you will be at a lost with the database section of the photo website because they talked about tables that were not even create. Such as a Products table for a photo website that contains no products. Actually, there should be no Products table AT ALL !!! I know that the previous sentences were confusing, but that is the way the book was written.
I hope this helps you choose a book for your own preference.