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18 Nov 2011 1118050487 978-1118050484 1
Learn to build dynamic web sites with Microsoft WebMatrix Microsoft WebMatrix is designed to make developing dynamic ASP.NET web sites much easier. This complete Wrox guide shows you what it is, how it works, and how to get the best from it right away. It covers all the basic foundations and also introduces HTML, CSS, and Ajax using jQuery, giving beginning programmers a firm foundation for building dynamic web sites. Examines how WebMatrix is expected to become the new recommended entry–level tool for developing web sites using ASP.NET Arms beginning programmers, students, and educators with all the information they need to start developing dynamic web sites, including design tips and layout advice Explains the Packages Administration tool, including how to use the Facebook Social and Web Helper packages Covers working with files, images, and databases; debugging and error handling; maintaining security; and site optimization In the tried–and–true tradition of Wrox Beginning guides, Beginning ASP.NET Web Pages with WebMatrix gives novice programmers the knowledge and confidence they need to get going.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (18 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118050487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118050484
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learn to build dynamic web sites with Microsoft WebMatrix Taking a task–oriented approach to learning, this practical guide shows you why WebMatrix is an ideal entry–level tool for developing web sites using ASP.NET. The author duo arms you with the basics of what WebMatrix is, how it works, how to get the most out of it, and the other technologies you need to know in order to become a successful developer, including HTML, CSS, and SQL. You′ll discover how WebMatrix integrates with an open source web application gallery and includes valuable coding and database support. Best of all: no prior experience with web development is assumed, allowing you to confidently dive into using WebMatrix today. Beginning ASP.NET Web Pages with WebMatrix : Details how to design pages and sites using HTML, CSS, and the new Razor syntax Highlights ways to program and add interactivity to your site Covers what′s in the Packages Administration tool and explains how to use the Web Helper packages Uncovers debugging your web applications, maintaining security,and handling errors Addresses optimizing your site and putting it into production Teaches you the basics of the C# programming language Programmer Forums Join our Programmer to Programmer forums to ask and answer programming questions about this book, join discussions on the hottest topics in the industry, and connect with fellow programmers from around the world. Code Downloads Take advantage of free code samples from this book, as well as code samples from hundreds of other books, all ready to use. Read More Find articles, ebooks, sample chapters and tables of contents for hundreds of books, and more reference resources on programming topics that matter to you. Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

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Mike Brind is a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP and the Operations Director of ITEC Systems, which develops ITRIS Recruitment Software. He′s worked with WebMatrix since its first Beta release, answering user questions on the product and blogging about it at Imar Spaanjaars is a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP and runs his own company called De Vier Koeden, specializing in consultancy and development of Internet and intranet applications built with Microsoft technologies like ASP.NET.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a book with enough detail 16 Dec 2011
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Just because WebMatrix and Razor are intended to be simple doesn't mean that all you want to do is say 'hello world'. This book is such a relief - it gives clear real-world examples that work, it describes why you are doing stuff and what happens in the background. It doesn't treat you like you're a know-nothing newbie, but you would still learn loads if you were. I've been struggling for weeks because I'm a programmer from the 'old school' and couldn't see how to do relatively complex stuff I wanted to do with ASP.NET, WebMatrix and Razor. This book tells me how. Thank you guys!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A somewhat helpful and complementary book 26 Mar 2014
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There are a lot of new features applied in this book. However drawing up my first website I encountered a problem with the link to Home page. I did eventually link up the page but the Home link should have been named as ~/Shared/Default.cshtml in the navigation file, for the link to go back to the Home page. I worked this out from another book. The functionally I have found better in other books. I could not get certain programming language to work. I had tried a few times. There are simpler books out there. I do think it is a book you can use for reference and to complement other books. There is certain code such has making the database look green & white which is an interesting feature and can be used in your own website. I would only use snippets out of this book though as I think some of the programming would not be able to work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 25 Jan 2014
By steve
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If you are new to and want to know about web matrix then this book is a must. Mike also has a great website where you can access code and examples and he gives very clear direct instructions.
This book took me from wondering what webmatrix was and what additional functions I had in ASP.Net and Jquery to programming my own web site on a commercial level. The book covers the basics but soon leads you into more complex stuff but as it does it gives you the basics you need. Although I have now developed probably beyond this book I still have it by my side when working as it has become a bit of a reference bible for me. Using this and Mikes web site you wont go wrong and soon learn to do some neat and complex stuff.
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I started to look into using webmasters as I've always had an interest in developing my own website. although I have years of IT experience, my programming and database knowledge was limited. I now have a fully functioning live website, largely because of this book, and the links provided at the end provide great resources to take it to that next level. I'm hoping Mike brings out a more advanced book to follow on from this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Beginner Book 20 Jan 2012
By James P. Jamieson - Published on
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Recently the company I work for announced they will no longer support Adobe ColdFusion.
I've been writing ColdFusion since the days of JJ and Jeremy Allaire along with the excellent books written by Ben Forta. I will miss ColdFusion.

So we are to learn Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 along with ASP.NET 4.00+, which I see as a challenge and pleasant change. As a result I initially purchased Imaar Spaanjaars' book Beginning ASP.NET 4 in C# and VB. The book was an excellent choice, however if you are coming from a ColdFusion or PHP skill set, Beginning ASP.NET Web Pages with WebMatrix will get you started writing database enabled web sites faster. Much more important, it gets you on the road to Microsoft ASP.NET 4.00+

Microsoft introduced WebMatrix a year ago, as a lightweight tool to create web pages using the new Web Pages Framework and Razor syntax. WebMatrix sits on top of the ASP.NET Framework which sits on top of the .NET framework. If you are a ColdFusion developer, ColdFusion is to Java, as WebMatrix is to ASP.NET and the .NET Framwork. The global concept is that while WebMatrix and Razor syntax abstract and insulate you to a point from ASP.NET's intricacies, it doesn't distract from ASP.NET, more importantly it pulls you into ASP.NET. This is brilliant well thought out Microsoft marketing. This book, does an excellent job of getting this important concept across, while providing "Try It" excercises to get you started writing production level code.

Microsoft WebMatrix is a free download and supplies everything you need including the database and web page templates. WebMatrix 2 Beta was just released.

With this book, you can easily start writing database enabled interactive web sites. I'm not talking ASP.NET 4.0 GridView, DetailsView or SqlDataSource here. While these innovative ASP.NET 4.0 development tools demonstrate CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) very well, you need C# or VB(Visual Basic) programming to free yourself from their rigid style limitations.

Mike Brind and/or Imaar Spaanjaars will quickly respond with excellent help to your submitted code questions at the Wrox P2P(Programmer 2 Programmer) site, which I've used and used and found the assistance excellent.

Get this book as well as Beginning ASP.NET 4 in C# and VB as they both compliment each very well!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have book 27 Dec 2012
By Don Schwirtlich - Published on
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I am a long term developer who moved into web development. My day job is writing c#, development projects - my own business is developing data driven web applications. I have purchased and read 57 technical developers books in the last 9 months- mostly on Kindle, some paper, one book on both Kindle and paper, this book Beginning Asp.Net Web Pages with WebMatrix. It truly does take you from beginning to the end - keep in mind that I have been a programmer since just after the Jurassic period, but most of that time was with desk top applications. Spaanjaars is a very good author - he and Brind do not make many errors, very little compared to the norm out there. Be sure and download the source from the wrox web site, use that code to help you do each and every exercise, dont be lazy, you will pay for it later. The reason I bought this book on both media was that I really like reading books on Kindle - both my cheapie $69 that I carry in my backpack, and the Kindle thats loaded on my notebook. I like increasing the size of the font so my 60 year old eyes can read it better, and this book is so good with such good charts and listing of important key words and such, I paper clip them so I can find them quickly. This book is worth the money and so much more importantly , your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book For Novices Who Want to Learn ASP.NET Web Development! 29 Dec 2013
By Arvind Sampath - Published on
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This book is simply amazing. What separates this book from all other I have read (and I have read several) is that it provides an introduction to the entire technology stack that is required for web development and does it in an engaging manner and for the most part assumes that the reader has no background at all. This book provides an introduction to HTML, CSS, JavaScript/jQuery, Razor, and C#. It shows how all of these layers work with one another. And that is essential to learning web development. All of the other books I have read cover some of these layers, but NONE cover everything. After finishing this book, it is much easier to do a deep dive into the individual layers as required. In addition this book explains how to use an IDE, explains a Web framework (WebMatrix), security, debugging/error handling, performance, and publishing to a prod server. Finally the author Mike B. really cares that you learn the subjective material. I sent him an e-mail on a Saturday asking Why should I buy his book? He responded within 1 hr with a great reply. Check out his blog [...] I know a lot of what I have stated sound like hyperbole, but try to find another book that cover all of the areas I have stated. Simply peruse the table of contents of any other book and compare it to Mike's. You'll see I am right. [Final note: A great supplement to this book is the tutorial on ]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are going to create simple web sites and are undecided about which technology to use, get this book! 10 Mar 2013
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I am going to create at least one web site which is basically simple, not a lot of user interaction, nothing real fancy. I want to use, as I am a C# developer and thus from the .NET world. So the dilemma: which to use MVC, web forms, or web pages. If you read this book, you will see Web Pages is a good fit for the type of web site I described. For something more involved, maybe MVC would be a better fit, but I don't need an elephant to pack a sack of groceries (so to speak).

This book is well-written, easy to follow, and covers everything you need to know to get a good start in Web Pages development. Well worth the investment of time and money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ASP.NET with examples 10 Mar 2013
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Excellent book! One part was confusing and I contacted the author and received an overnight response -- with the clearest of explanations.
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