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Professional Active Server Pages 2.0 Paperback – 1 Apr 1998

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  • Paperback: 1000 pages
  • Publisher: WROX Press Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861001266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861001269
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 17.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,919,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This thorough and intelligently organised text covers all the bases for developing state-of-the-art Web sites powered by Microsoft Web technologies.

The book discusses the Internet in terms of the history of client/server systems and describes why it is a better way to deliver scaleable, maintainable systems using thin clients. It describes basic Microsoft tools, such as NT4, Internet Information Server (IIS) and Personal Web Server. The authors then move toward the basics of using Active Server Pages (ASPs) starting with basic objects (such as the Request, Cookies and Response objects). They stress a solutions-basic approach with plenty of examples to show what's going on. Sections on Active Server Components and listings of third-party controls that can enhance your ASP Web site are particularly useful.

Professional Active Server Pages 2.0 thoroughly explains databases and ASPs, from the architecture of ActiveX Data Objects (ADO), object linking and embedding database (OLE-DB) and open database connectivity (ODBC) to the basic objects used to query and manipulate data in Web pages. The latter half of this book gives some perspective on the issues that real-world Web developers face every day. The authors discuss how to overcome the "stateless" nature of Internet using specific ASP objects. The book also includes material on the strategies for creating online communities--through Microsoft's support for chat rooms and personalising content--Dynamic HTML and how to use Internet Explorer 4-specific capabilities. The authors introduce new Microsoft products, such as Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS) and Microsoft Message Queue Server (MSMQ), and provide a very useful case study of an e-commerce Web site for direct sales for a publisher. Other case studies show how to customise content to specific browsers and how to migrate a traditional client-side application onto an online version.

With its wide-ranging coverage of ASP technologies and excellent case studies that show useful applications at work, Professional Active Server 2.0 is the only title you will need to become a productive ASP Web developer. --Richard Dragan

From the Publisher

This book is for anyone who needs to plan, build and maintain a web site, both on the Internet or a company Intranet will find knowledge of ASP invaluable. This book updates and expands the knowledge of programmers with an existing knowledge of ASP 1.0, and allows anyone with knowledge and experience of VBScript or JavaScript and the internet to learn this exciting server side web technology.

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By A Customer on 14 Oct. 1998
Format: Paperback
I am suprised that this book received such good reviews. I am disappointed with the book. I'm not sure what is meant by "professional" in the title, but this is not an advanced book. Experienced programmers will find this book too chatty and repetitive.
This book is written using very imprecise language and contains too many errors. For example, the 3-tier architecture diagram does not match the text. The authors claimed cookies were an HTTP spec quickly adopted by Netscape. Minor, but wrong again. The authors also wrote that form data are "sent inside HTTP headers" when using the POST method. Imprecise or just plain wrong? I don't know either. Also, the authors don't recommend the GET method because the query string appears in the URL and "could easily be intercepted while the request is in transit over the Net." Wrong again. And so on. This is just from the first chapter. You get the idea...
Throughout the book, the authors pitch every Microsoft product you can think of, including Internet Explorer, Visual BASIC, FrontPage, Access, Visual C++, Visual J++, and Visual Interdev. I wish they would just leave the advertisements to magazines! The authors probably think that Microsoft invented the Internet! But I couldn't read far enough to confirm that. It's more just just a minor annoyance. The authors went as far as suggestting that all non-ASP solutions are "soon to be obsolete." Maybe just a little too enthusiastic? I read the book because I want to learn ASP and I think it's useful, but I'm not naive enough to believe that ASP (or Microsoft) is the solution to all problems!
I hope this is not the "best" book out there!
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By A Customer on 5 Feb. 1999
Format: Paperback
Want to learn to build your own It's in this book. You'll have to be proficient with ansi-SQL and/or ADO 2.0 in order to really take advantage of the information presented here. But overall it's a well presented book on ASP. If you plan to buy this and want to build true interactive sites with full database integration, pick up ADO 2.0 Programmer's Reference and Instant SQL Programming also from WROX Press, then you'll have a strong book base to build powerful web sites such as The only drawback is its concentration on VBScript rather than ECMAscript (aka JavaScript). Try and stay away from the VBScript presented in this book and use ECMAScript for the examples instead. The reason is because Microsoft and Netscape are finally agreeing on ECMAScript standards that will be much easier to translate into Client-side Cross-browser code if you use it for Server-side code now. As ECMAscript matures it will present a much more flexible environment to work in than VBScript will (much the same way that C compared to Visual Basic does now). I don't have a book recommendation for ECMAscript, I haven't found a good reference yet, the info on the web has been my resource. But if you're desparate for a reference, WROX Press also has a handbook called Instant JavaScript that isn't too bad, but has lots of room more improvement. Happy Building! Ciao -C
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By A Customer on 25 Dec. 1998
Format: Paperback
Having developed solutions in ASP and found many other books lacking I was most impressed with this one. A lot of books seem to me to simply rehash the manuals without any attempt at showing you how the programs work.
In these days of "online manuals" (on CD), how are we supposed to read when we are away from our systems. Try reading a CD ROM in the bath !!
This book actually manages to explain Transaction Server, Message Queue, and the finer points of ADO, ActiveX, SQL Server, and advanced ASP design without patronising (no chapter headed - "What is HTML?").
The authors of this book (and there are several) have slightly different styles but there is no irritating jar as you read through it.
The page layout is excellent with clear explanations of how the text works with different styles used to denote the block currently being discussed.
If you are new to ASP but understand the basics of VBScript or JScript this is the book you need if you want to move your sites into MTS or use the Message Queue. Simple explanations of how to move business rules (long blocks of ASP Script that define a solution) into Visual Basic components are clear and offer real world solutions.
I recommend this book - it's heavy (you can't read this one in the bath easily !) - but you can't have everything !!
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This is the handbook to have for writing ASP applications. The first six chapters cover everything you need to write basic applications that dynamically generate web pages. The following chapters cover specific areas such as database access, site personalization, optimizations, and interacting with other applications. If you want to build web-enabled distributed applications on a Microsoft NT platform, you will need more than this book, but this book is essential. From a technical standpoint, I would give the book 5 stars. However, apparantly WROX forgot to edit it. It is certainly understandable that authors selected for their technical knowledge may require a little help in grammar, syntax, sentence structure, and writing style. It is unfortunate that WROX chooses not to provide this help, but rather to ship the books as soon as they are complete. WROX has an outstanding group of authors who cover every essential NT technology as well as many cross-platform technologies. I hope that WROX will take a closer look at the quality of the final product.
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