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  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2 edition (15 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590598911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590598917
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rune Borgen on 15 Dec. 2007
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This book is, I am sorry to say, a total waste of money!
If I could give it less than 1 star, I would.

The author makes a descent attempt at explaining the pro and con of a specific concept, but it gets frustrating and very confusing, when a concept is finally understood, the next sentence starts with "But this is not a very good approach"!!! After which another method is explained, but leaves the reader wondering if this is another time-waster explanation.

The book is mostly theoretical text, which is hardly backed up with examples. Once examples are used, they are flawed, incomplete and refers to the downloadable source code. When trying to type in the examples given in the book, Visual Studio replies with compilation errors, and when compared with the source code, it is totally different from the book, is sometimes implemented differently and have added functionality which hasn't been explained.

All in all, this book will leave the reader confused and frustrated and discouraged from learning ASP.NET.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. A. R. Pollard on 6 Feb. 2008
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I'm afraid this is another 1 star review for this truly awful book. Here are my main reasons:

1) The author's writing does not seem to flow. At times he is very hard to follow, suggesting something and then doubling back on himself. This happens *everywhere*. This book should not have made it passed any half decent editor, so we can't blame Matthew MacDonald completely for this.

2) If you're trying to learn something as massive as the .NET Framework this book is downright disconcerting. Chapter 2 is a classic example. The author can't make his mind up about whether you should have used OO languages before, or not. In this chapter, the level of interest the author has in the fundamental building blocks of the C# language seems to be totally random. He'll start off giving a reasonable amount of detail on a concept, but seems to get bored after a few decent paragraphs, and then almost dismisses himself for going as far as he did! Doh! You can find examples of this almost everywhere. I don't know if he just has a very cluttered mind or whether he didn't actually have much of a plan when he wrote the book.

3) Concepts are introduced and too often left in the floaty realm of the truly abstract. Rule 101: *always* provide real-world examples of where a concept may/should be applied. This kind of laziness litters the book, making it very hard to learn from.

4) Despite being a "Beginning" book, it really isn't. Too many concepts fall foul of the author's random assumptions about what you may or may not know. I just can't imagine who this book was really intended for. I've got experience of PHP, ASP, VBScript, JavaScript, and some OO programming knowledge.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Douggy Fresh on 4 Feb. 2008
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This is a real dissapointment when you see what is in the PRO version.
If you are moving from vs2005 to 2008 you might fine this book a bit 'fuzzy', like this book was the first draft to meet a deadline and the pro version was the finished product.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Great Introduction to ASP.NET 21 Feb. 2008
By R. Bae - Published on
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I have purchased (what feels like) hundreds of computer related books from (including other ASP.NET books), and this is the first one that I have ever felt the need to comment on.

This is just a great book, in my opinion! I found the book to be very easy to read, and logical to follow - Matthew MacDonald's writing style is very effective in communicating technical information in a way that made it easy for me to understand.

I've been developing Windows client applications (VB/C#) for close to 10 years, and have "played around" with ASP.NET 2.0. I knew how to make some basic web apps work, but didn't really understand what was going on underneath the covers. I had a lot of questions that were answered and now have a lot more confidence going forward with creating ASP.NET apps.

As I mentioned, I had purchased ASP.NET books by different authors (for 1.1 and 2.0). Maybe I never gave those books a chance, but this is by far the best that I have come across.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Awesome ASP.NET 3.5 Book! 8 July 2008
By Frank Stepanski - Published on
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ASP.NET 3.5 is the latest version of the .NET Framework from Microsoft. C# is the defacto standard programming language for Microsoft programmers. Although there are more VB.NET programmers out there, C# is considered the more "professional" language and hence forth there are more job opportunities for C# programmers.

This book is huge (800+ pages) and really covers everything you need to know about C# and ASP.NET 3.5. Of course there maybe a few database topics it did not go into detail as much, but for the money it can't be beat. The author (Mathew MacDonald) really explained all the topics very well and assumed no prior knowledge of .NET knowledge. You really can be a `novice' and learn a lot from this book.

The great thing about the .NET framework from Microsoft now, is that there are so many free programs to learn before you invest any money (apart from the book of course).

The author explains the C# language first (great choice and wish more authors did it that way), in the first few chapters before getting into web forms and ASP.NET objects. C# is a professional language and definitely should be learned first before getting into anything else.

Starting at chapter 5, the author starts to explain what a web form is and how ASP.NET works. Covering everything from how sever and web controls work, to the web.config customizations, WAT, web control classes, etc. The following chapter focuses in detail about web controls (what ASP.NET is really all about) and probably is the meatiest of all the chapters. The chapter 7 goes into state management which is a very important and goes hand-in-hand with how web controls work.

Error handling (chaper 8) and deployment (chapter 9) is next on topics covered and then in the next sections of the book the author goes back into web controls with lots of examples of using the validation controls and master pages. Master Pages have grown a lot in this version and it is the core of how you will design you own ASP.NET 3.5 web site. There are 3 chapters dedicated to web site design and development and I have never seen a book with so much detail on the subject. Well done!

The rest of the book goes into database topics such as SQL, ADO.NET, Data Bindings, etc. I can't describe how impressed I am with how many topics are covered in this book and how well they are covered. You really only need this book for 80-90% of you ASP.NET development work.

A great buy!!!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Solid Material 15 Jun. 2008
By Dllem - Published on
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I don't read many 900 page books cover to cover.. It's an accomplishment for both finishing this tome, and for the author of this great read.

The first sections gets you up to speed on C# quickly.. You should know some programming before diving in. Then each area of ASP.NET is covered at a healthy pace. Useful samples, and explanations and recommendations throughout. He first covers the manual ways of doing things, then goes into the slightly narrower scope of productivity shortcuts that turn days of development into hours. He's given me a new respect for it.

There are so many books on each tech subject, it's hard to know where to go. You find a few authors you like, and read their books. I'll pick up another one of his books soon.

Great read, highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good book 13 Jun. 2008
By Bharath Panyadahundi - Published on
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Usually technical books are very booring to read. I buy many books as I tend to easily get trapped with reviews about book. But this book is one of the best book on C#. Every chapter is in detail and all it needs to get concentrations is to start reading it. The examples and the flow of topics are well planned. This is the book one should have if you are in to C#.
This is my first review on any book although I have purchased many books from many website. I felt a book which is soo good needs to be acknowledged.
Mark my words...this book is worth buying ...!!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good start for a novice ASP.NET developer 20 Feb. 2009
By Nikola Stjelja - Published on
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This book will teach you what you need to know in order to start developing full fledged ASP.NET applications. It will teach you C# fundamentals, common web development practices and principles, the basic of web forms and its controls, ADO.NET and data-biding control (grid view, list view and form view), configuration and caching.
In my professional life I've used this book to teach others to work in the .NET framework (both desktop and web) since ti covers technologies which are not ASP.NET specific (such as C#, XML, ADO.NET) and thanks to .NET designers ingenuity developers who have grasped web.forms fundamentals will quickly learn to use the win.forms framework effectively.
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