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Site Server 3.0 Personalization and Membership (Programmer to Programmer) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Robert Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: WROX Press Ltd; illustrated edition edition (1 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861001940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861001948
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.5 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,440,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you're planning to build a Web site for serious e-commerce you don't want to do it from scratch. One solution is Microsoft's Site Server 3.0 and Site Server 3.0, Commerce Edition. Combined with the finely granular customer access provided by its Personalisation and Membership features and scalability it does everything you need--but as you might expect, it's non-trivial software.

One of the neatest features of Howard's book is the modular and practical approach he takes to Site Server. You get a huge collection of re-usable VBScripts for Active Server Pages, as you'd expect from a book taking a practical approach, but you're also encouraged to think about the legal and business side of running an e-commerce site and their effects on implementation.

Each chapter takes a building by numbers approach assuming little familiarity with Site Server. However, each also has an Advanced Concepts section at the end. All chapters are task oriented.

For example, chapter six introduces Snap-ins (plug-in features to the uninformed). Though there are many available, it concentrates on those designed to make it easier to work with the Personalisation and Membership features of Site Server.

This is a book for the developer. You're expected to be familiar with IIS, NT and either Access or SQL Server just for a start. However, anyone in the same room as Site Server 3.0 should have this book available. --Steve Patient


This book concentrates on the Personalization and Membership capabilities of Site Server 3.0 which enable you to do clever stuff like this; ISP - Personalized IIS administrative tool using the existing IIS web administration interface to allow different members to have different administrative privileges. Demonstrate the ability to user membership on various levels to provide simple display and access privileges as well as integrating with existing applications. Interactive Web Site - Use personalization and membership to control the display of the content on a site to give the users a richer browsing experience. This example theme would demonstrate to readers how to incorporate lightweight samples and ideas into their existing web site. Intranet - Using personalization and membership in an Intranet site to control access to items on the network. This would be a higher end example of what personalization and membership could do. The intended audience for this book is three fold. To begin with, program managers and product managers that are interested in furthering their web endeavors and using all of the available tools and resources that Microsoft provides.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best book on Personalisation and Membership 19 Jun 2001
By A Customer
It is the best book that helps a developer who knows about ASP, IIS and nothing about site server. It's an excellent book to learn everything about Site Server Personalisation and Membership. Thanks Robert !
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too much USELESS information. 24 Aug 1999
By A Customer
This was one of the first book on the topic, so there was no choice but to buy it. However, the author does not get in details about all of the setting to get the SS3 up and running, even though he dedicates 2 chapters to setting up Site Server. Most of the information is just a lot of technical jargon and no meat. If you are interested in Site Server, you will be better off waiting for another book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't even think about buying this book. 11 Aug 1999
By A Customer
This book is a waste of time. The author repeats the same thing again and again and again. Very verbose and useless at the end. After reading this book for hours, you feel frustrated and cheated for $50. Please read the online docs that come with the tool.
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This book was my primary entry point into Site Server. Basically it saved my butt. One problem it does have is that his pages all allow anonymous access and he deals with security in a patchy, circumspect way. For secure entry into the Membership Directory, you will need ADSI. I suggest also buying "ADSI ASP", by Steven Hahn, also by Wrox Press. It will help fill this gap and round out your knowledge. Unlike the others, I rather enjoyed Mr. Howard's face on the cover. With the application of some sharpie and a little scraping with a pocket knife, Mr. Howard's face can offer the reader endless amusement in times of high stress. Site Server will provide many of these.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best on Site Server 22 April 1999
By A Customer
There are still very few good books on Site Server on the market. This is one of the few. While its main topic is the P&M areas of Site Server, it also includes alot of good material on the rest of this large and complex product/platform.
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It is the best book out there for Personalization and Membership with Site Server 3.0 I found. I started with zero knowlegde about P&M and now am regarded by my kollegues as the in-dept knowlegde-base about it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide to Site Server P&M 23 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Basically, Site Server is a complex product and no book is going to make it much simpler. Having said that, Howard's book makes a good job of the material at hand.
Plus Points ----------- Most stuff you need to know about P&M is in this book.
Much easier to read than the supplied MS documentation.
Very thorough guide to configuring your server.
Focused on what most real large scale websites need - NO FrontPage, NO MS Access, NO Windows Authorization. Having said that, if you want to run a small Intranet with Site Server then this book is maybe not for you.
Negative Points --------------- No JScript examples.
Not much on the rest of Site Server, but then maybe the book would have been 3000 pages...
Even now going of date - no mention of Site Server SP2, NT SP4 and focus is on SQLServer6.5, not on version 7.
Robert's ugly face dominates the front and back covers and even the spine. Is the man an egomaniac?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good drill-down on the Membership Directory 15 Mar 1999
By A Customer
I learned a lot from this book that I could not get from the Site Server documentation. I hope a book will come out soon on the publishing aspects: content areas, stores, etc. I also do not like the trend of Wrox books putting the author's mug on the front cover, spine and back cover. It is thoroughly obnoxious.
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