- 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: 70 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,319,191 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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However, there seemed to be several incorrect things in the book -- examples included webforms without appropriate form labels -- meaning, it was not accessible code. In many cases the author seemed to use a label tag when a literal tag would have been more appropriate (i.e. using a label tag for ease of styling rather than to label a form element) while eliminating labels entirely where they are required. I don't think there's any excuse for presenting non accessible code in tutorial books like this.
I have great respect for Scott Mitchell. Eight years ago, I had used his previous book "ASP.NET Data Web Controls" to develop and deploy my application. And now I used this book to upgrade that application to .NET 4. Scott's examples are very practical and can be directly used in your real application.
Where some details are needed, the book refers you to outside resources (MSDN Library or Scott's articles). This keeps the book a reasonable size (630 pages) and focused on the main learning process. As an example, it is easy to provide a "Delete" link on a Grid to delete a selected row. But you may want to ask the user "Are you sure you want to delete this row?. Scott does not tell you exactly how to do it in this book. But using the link he provided, I was quickly able to incorporate this in my application.
In summary, if you can have only one book when you start working with ASP.NET 4, this is the book you want to start with.
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.