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Ultra-Fast ASP.NET: Build Ultra-Fast and Ultra-Scalable web sites using ASP.NET and SQL Server 1st ed. Edition
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We all want our web applications to run lean, clean and fast, but how do we best spend our time doing so? You might ask, "Should I spend more time improving my caching strategies? How should I approach it?" or "Should I spend my time trying to optimize IIS's performance? Where do I begin with that?"
With so many different ways to approach any given problem, you could spend days or weeks learning all the different ways you MIGHT be able to get your desired results. But if you're like me, after a while you just say, "OK, OK, someone please just tell me the best way to approach this for most situations and I'll tweak it for my needs." That's what you get here.
This book is great. It is a collection of best practices, tips and tricks for architecting your web applications to be both ultra-fast AND ultra-scalable. Instead of listing a thousand things you might want to try out to see if it helps, this book just says, "here is a proven approach that works for most situations, most of the time". Thank you! Let's implement it and move on to the next one.
But more than just telling you, "Do this, then do that", this book explains the Why's as you go along. This is invaluable as it is how we actually learn and integrate these things into our understanding of the big picture.
It is clear that the author has deep and intimate knowledge of the subject. His credentials explain why. He began working with the Internet and writing network-oriented software in the 70's.Read more ›
The MS Press Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability (Patterns & Practices) is similar in spirit and content to Ultra-Fast ASP.NET, but though still useful, it is quite dated (published 2004, that is before .NET 2.0/ASP.NET 2.0) and also much broader in scope and a bigger tome. In contrast, Ultra Fast targets ASP.NET and is very up-to-date, very readable and practical. By limiting the scope to ASP.NET and MS platforms he was able to comfortably and expertly cover all tiers, from the web front-end through the web/app tier to the data and infrastructure layers. Similar books exist for the LAMP platform (e.g, ...Read more ›
The only area where I have any disagreement at all with Kiessig is with respect to ORM. Kiessig states quite correctly that the "performance and scalability [of ORM] is usually very poor." (There's an understatment!) Kiessig goes on to say: "in their current form I can't recommend any of them in high-performance sites, in spite of how unpopular that makes me in some circles." This advice is worth the price of the book a hundred times over. It's also interesting to note Kiessig's observation that this view of ORM makes him "unpopular." Of course it does! He's criticized the OO/ORM "religion". OO/design pattern astronauts are more dogmatic than fundamentalist Christians. Calling out their bloated, non-performant coding practices subjects you to their derision. But thoughtful developers must hold firm.
Let's beat this horse just a bit more. Kiessig says that it might make sense to use LINQ/EF in very limited circumstances such as protoyping and small-scale projects. I strongly disagree with this for two reasons.Read more ›
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Excellent book. Considers each and every aspect of ASP.Net Web site from all angles. Gives practical advice on every aspect. Awesome read.Published 22 months ago by Abhijeet Nagre
This book has a lot of high-level suggestions about how to facilitate high performance, scalable web development. Read morePublished on June 16, 2014 by micah_raleigh
I red the whole book. This is by far the best book and right on the topic. It's a must read for any serious professionalPublished on September 5, 2012 by Eugene Zilberleyb
Awesome! Best computer book in my collection. Clear. Concise. Probably should be named Ultra Fast Performace since it spans lots of areas beyond ASP. Read morePublished on April 20, 2012 by Eric
First, this is a great book.
The author, Rick Kiessig, does a great job of describing how to build fast web sites - based on a web server and a SQL Server. Read more
Any asp.net developer NEEDS this book. It is a must have. It tells you the basic FACTS to get the fastest possible website using ASP.NET. Read morePublished on December 18, 2010 by Douggy Fresh
If you are serious about achieving best ASP.NET practices, this is the book for you.
I've been developing intranet sites for several years. Read more
I'm reading this book cover to cover, it's that good. It will teach you and be useful as a reference guide later. Read morePublished on July 25, 2010 by Shabadoo