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ASP.NET Unleashed [Paperback]

Stephen Walther
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18 July 2003 067232542X 978-0672325427 2

The second edition of ASP.NET Unleashed further strengthens a book that is already one of the most highly regarded ASP.NET books available. Stephen covers virtually all relevant features of ASP.NET. In addition, all samples will now be presented in VB .NET and C#.

Throughout the more than 1,400 pages readers are shown how to develop state-of-the-art Web applications using Microsoft's powerful ASP.NET. It progresses through Web Forms basics, advanced page development, ADO.NET and XML, securing Web applications, XML Web Services, leveraging the .NET Framework, building custom controls and powerful sample applications. This is a resource that will be referenced over and over.

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  • Paperback: 1488 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 2 edition (18 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067232542X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672325427
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 18.7 x 6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,172,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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ASP.NET Unleashed is a chunky, detailed guide to Microsoft's Web development platform. Despite its similar name, ASP.Net is fundamentally different from older versions of Active Server Pages, which makes this in-depth handbook particularly welcome. A key feature of the book is that it does not use Visual Studio.Net, Microsoft's ASP.Net development tool. Instead, the author uses pure code for all examples, which means you can follow along with nothing more than the freely downloadable ASP.Net SDK (Software Development Kit). This approach is excellent for communicating how the technology really works, which can be obscured by slick visual editors. On the other hand, developers who need a guide to ASP.Net development with Visual Studio should look elsewhere. The language used is Visual Basic, although those who prefer C# should not have much trouble adapting the code.

The first part of the book is focused on controls, with a tour of built-in Web server controls, an introduction to creating custom controls and a quick look at third party products. Next comes ADO.Net, the database aspect of this technology, including an explanation of data binding. XML gets brief coverage. With the foundations in place, the second half of the book gets into more advanced topics, such as how to build a search page using SQL Server's full text indexing, form-based and Windows-based authentication, data encryption, session management and Web services. There is also an introduction to the .Net Framework and a helpful chapter on creating graphics on the fly with GDI+. It is not fully comprehensive, which given the scope of ASP.Net is not surprising, but there is a ton of excellent material here. --Tim Anderson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Stephen Walther has been involved with Active Server Pages from the beginning. Since 1997, he has been running the Superexpert Web site (superexpert), a popular Active Server Pages resource on the Web and the first "live" Web site created with ASP.NET. His training company, AspWorkshops (AspWorkshops), conducted the first training class on ASP.NET. He also lectures regularly on ASP and ASP.NET.
Stephen got his start working with Active Server Pages by developing two large commercial Web sites. First, he created the Collegescape Web site, used by more than 200 colleges-including Harvard, Stanford, and MIT-to accept online college applications (Collegescape was bought out by Petersons). Next, he created the CityAuction Web site, used by both Snap! and CitySearch (CityAuction was acquired by CitySearch).
Stephen received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He was a Ph.D. candidate in Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology when he became involved with the World Wide Web.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to ASP.NET with VB/VBScript 26 Nov 2002
ASP.NET is big and appropriately this book is nearly 1,500 pages. Even considering its great length no topic is exhaustively covered - that would be impossible. The author gets you started quickly on just about all aspects of ASP.NET and gives a good, broad, overview of the concepts.
The way you work in .NET is fundamentally different to how most people have worked in ASP, I think the author does as good a job as possible in explaining these changes. You won't be an expert, even if you work through every chapter, but you will know where you're going.
No matter your reason for learning .NET or your end goal - intelligent web pages, mobile solutions or funky XML web services - you will find the entry point you need and gain the confidence to go off and purchase more specialised and advanced books on your particular area.
The only possible improvement would of been an accompanying CD with the .NET SDK on it for those poor people without broadband to download this monster.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but a long read 22 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is excellent. For those who lose interest when reading long reviews, that's the most important bit ;-)
I did have a couple of gripes with the book, but not enough to take it down to four stars...
First, despite proudly advertising that all code is available in VB and C#, the truth is that the book doesn't contain a single line of C#. You have to look on the CD to pull out the C# versions of the code. That's not a huge problem, but it would have been nice if he had alternated languages so you could get used to both.
Second, the book is very long. Yes he covers a lot of ground and explains it well, but many of the code samples just repeat previous samples with one line different. He would have been better just showing the line that had changed and leaving the full sample on the CD.
Having said that, the book is excellent. It actually explains it very well and gives you ideas that are useful in real life. Many of the ASP.NEt stuff I've seen gives you kid's samples that are cute, but leave you wondering how to develop them into something useful. This books helps you take the next step. That's not so say it's all clear, I still had loads of questions!!
Disclaimer: This is only the second ASP.NET book I've read (the other was Special Edition Using ASP.NET by Que which was one of the most badly written books I have ever read), so I can't really conpare with other books. I've seen quite a lot of the on-line resources, and this knocks them all out without a doubt.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The new wrox... ? 1 Feb 2002
By A. Reid
This should be called "ASP.NET Unleased with VB.NET", there is no coverage at all of C#; indeed, the language aspects of VB.NET including Object Orientation are really not touched on in any depth. That said, the book admirably covers all aspects of the ASP.NET features of the .NET framework, and weighing in at over 1400 pages, it is a sizable volume. If you are programming ASP.NET with VB.NET, this could be the book for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, easy to use book, but lacks codebehind. 17 Jan 2004
I've used both the O'Reilly and SAMS books covering ASP.NET, but find Unleashed the one I use most frequently. The book has clear examples covering all the asp namespaces, which makes the book useful for quick reference when you want to know how to implement something.
The books examples are mainly written as script in aspx pages, which is a let down as these can be more difficult to implement as codebehind.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good all rounder for ASP.NET with VB.NET 5 April 2003
By Mojo
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book to aid me in my dissertation at univeristy. I had a lot of experience in ASP 3.0, but none in ASP.NET, and I needed to do a fair few complex things, and fast. This book gave me a great help all the way through my development, with some really useful examples that go beyond the basic's of ASP.NET. It is written to compliment integrating SQL Server heavily, and as such is an ideal book for anyone wishing to develop web app's using this database. I bought a SAMS Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 21 days at around the same time, and havent bothered with it all that much as this is far more readable and advanced. It covers basic material along with intermediate code utilsing the System.Security.Cryptography namespaces for example. If your going to buy 1 ASP.NET book buy this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gets you up and running in no time 4 Nov 2002
By "keifo"
What a fantastic way to be introduced into the world of ASP.NET. I have 3 years ASP experience, but this is the first time I have started dabbling in ASP.NET - and I feel that anybody with any amount of experience could get to grips with it. The fist chapter sets you on your way and a couple of hours and 55 pages later you feel like you already know a great deal (and there's about 1500 pages in the book!!). If you're going to start with web programming using .NET - get this book, trust me, it's worth it :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive 12 Oct 2006
I've been in web development in one form or another for longer than I can remember, I learnt and gained experience and was really comfortable developing classic ASP plodding along and then I decide to change career and blag a job doing ASP.net.

I needed to know the basics now to convince people that I know enough to stay more than a week in this new job and pick up the rest.

This book does not fail to impress!

No sooner had I installed the .net framework, I was churning code out. the book starts with the basics and builds on it. Within no time at all, I was developing websites in the .net framework, updating existing sites and planning the next project!

I've only given this book 4 stars for 2 reasons. Firstly, they decide to leave string formatting to the end, I personally would have liked to know this when going into the data handling parts as I'm a person who likes to go mad and experiment and I found I was missing a huge part.

The second reason, is simple, the project within the book doesn't build on what you learn, its assuming that you have done additional reading. Personally for my 2p's worth scope out your own site and use this cbook as reference.

So, how did the job go? Well, I'm still there still coding websites and this book is great for reference.

Would recommend it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An easy to read foray into the world of .NET
I have been a (classic) VBScript ASP developer for a number of years and never fully made the switch to ASP.NET. This book is helping to make the transition a smooth one. Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Beginer ASP.Net Developers
Having worked with asp for the last year i was keen to upgrade my knowledge to the new ASP.Net standard. Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2005 by Mr. M. Oconnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference
As an IT consultant thrown into a new technology a few years ago, ASP.Net Unleashed has been by far the best book for learning topics or fast reference. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2004 by David Geran
5.0 out of 5 stars You will not regret this purchase
I have had this book for a few months now and I have found it most useful in helping develop ASP.NET solutions. I feel this is a most useful book to have at one's side. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars ASP Rehashed - not ASP.Net
This book is a disgrace. The main feature of ASP.Net which distinguish it from ASP is the separation of presentation formats (forms) from program logic. Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2003 by Frank Yates
4.0 out of 5 stars ASP.NET Unleashed
Excellent book, sort of expands on the ASP.NET Kickstart book, also by Walther. recommend getting both as the Kickstart one has a barrage of nice workarounds that don't, appear... Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars ASP.NET Unleashed
I have spent several months trying to get up to speed with ASP.net and the .net framework, this time has been made worse by the generally bad 'self help' books on the market. Read more
Published on 21 May 2003 by Count Black
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