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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Cdr edition (13 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764588079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764588075
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,755,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Whether you are new to web development or switching to ASP.NET from another web language, you can use Visual Web Developer to build amazing web sites using drop–and–drag techniques and a wide range of developer–friendly tools and controls. Written by two of the world′s best known ASP.NET authors, this book shows you how to create powerful and interactive web applications that are also easy and inexpensive to create using the Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition software included on the book′s CD–ROM.

The authors use a step–by–step tutorial to focus on getting your site up and working quickly, without wasting time discussing code or theory. They use a simple, real–world example to show you how to build high quality and reliable web sites. This experience provides a convenient stepping–stone as you go on to build even more complex sites in the future.

What you will lean from this book

  • How to install Visual Web Developer
  • Tips onimplementing the database
  • Design tips for building dependable and accessible sites
  • How to display and edit data
  • Ways to publish your finished site
  • How to build a shopping cart

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone new to web programming or those moving from other web technologies such as ASP or PHP. This book will also be helpful for Windows developers who have never built web sites.

This Wrox Stater Kit gives you a CD–ROM including Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition, SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, and the MSDN 2005 Express Edition library – all the tools you need to get started programming right away – as well as a book featuring structured tutorials that walk you through all the techniques you need to know.

About the Author

David Sussman is a hacker in the traditional sense of the word. That’s someone who likes playing with code and working out how things work, which is why he spends much of his life working with beta software. Luckily, this coincides with writing about new technologies, giving him an output for his poor English and grammar. He lives in a small village in the Oxfordshire countryside. Like many programmers everywhere, he has an expensive hi–fi, a big TV, and no life. You can contact Dave through his own company, ipona Limited: davids@ipona.co.uk.

Alex Homer is a computer geek and Web developer with a passion for ASP.NET. Although he has to spend some time doing real work (a bit of consultancy and training, and the occasional conference session), most of his days are absorbed in playing with the latest Microsoft Web technology and then writing about it. Living in the picturesque wilderness of the Derbyshire Dales in England, he is well away from the demands of the real world—with only an Internet connection to maintain some distant representation of normality. But, hey, what else could you want from life? You can contact Alex through his own software company, Stonebroom Limited: alex@stonebroom.com.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By English Bob on 15 Oct 2006
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I have tried quite a few times to learn programming languages from books, but never manage to get past the first chapter.

This book is excellent. The instructions are short and easy to follow. You don't have to wade through lots of text to get things done. The book shows how to complete things (such as displaying data from tables) in different ways, either visually or by writing code.

At the end you have completed a fictional shopping site. The lessons can be applied though to other types of site. I often refer back to single chapters to help with different projects.

If you are just starting out, or need to learn ASP.NET2.0 in a hurry this book is a must have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul Millennas on 28 Feb 2008
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As a occasional self-taught author of ASP 2.0 apps, I was aware that I have left it a bit late to learn ASP.Net. I ordered two thick reference books and this as a starter.

Using VWD, the reader is led through the steps of making a complete application. The amount of VB.Net code would please Goldilocks : not too much nor too little.

If you are new to ASP.Net, you must also allow time to learn and understand the development tools. This book covers the free Microsoft Visual Web Developer, included on a CD.

The book attends to not just how to make the ASP.Net objects work but the bigger picture of how it all should work together. It showed that, with understanding, a robust application could be written with a relatively small amount of code.

The book does not cover code examples in C, nor Visual Studio.

A bonus for me was a chapter taking the time to explain the writing and uses of classes in web applications.

I did not understand everything the first time that I read it through, as there was a lot to learn. However, I intend to read it through again.

A first class read and a great investment!
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By JJ on 14 Nov 2008
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Have used a number of WROX publications previously, mainly for MS Access, MS Excel and VBA, and found them very good. This one I had to abandon before the end of Chapter 1 because of all the errors that made following the example web site all but impossible.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Errors, Errors, Errors... 1 May 2006
By Milan M. Blake - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book has too many errors. There is nothing more frustrating than to follow the steps outlined and find out it does not work because they did not Q&A the examples.

ie. They ask you to select a field from the table, but the field does not exist. The stored procedure does not include it.

You would have to know how to write SQL to correct this.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Step by Step Guide to your first ASP.NET 2.0 website 4 Feb 2006
By Adnan Masood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition is a free IDE provided by Microsoft for beginners interested in learning Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 web development. This book, Wrox's ASP.NET 2.0 Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition Starter Kit is an excellent resource for this software and provides a firm foundation for a jump start. Both David Sussman and Alex Homer are authors known for their work for beginners. They've kept the tutorial spirit going in this book and provided some excellent walk through and build-from-scratch examples. Beside ASP.NET 2.0 and VWD, this book also discusses and elaborate on general application design fundamentals, for instance database design, normalization etc, and hence ideal for candidates with not much formal knowledge of subject but want to be exposed to the tools of the trade.

If interested, you can read my detailed review of this book in the ASP.NET pro magazine.
Excellent Overview to Get You Started Quickly 15 May 2008
By Photo Art - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book covers an amazing amount of ground in a short space (about 300 pages). For example, when they begin discussing data access, they take the time to explain some of the basics of good database design (such as applying normalization rules). They then show the creation of the database step-by-step with explanations.

This is the general approach--a little bit of theory followed by some hands on examples as they take you through the process of building a simple ecommerce site.

The examples are clear and illustrate the points they are trying to make with just enough screen shots to give you a familiarity with the tools but not so many that there's no space left for explanation.

It is usefully indexed which makes topics easy to find. I have since bought many more advanced books of 400+ pages but I still find myself picking up this book for a quick refresher or to lookup a practical detail.

A quick read covering a broad range of topics and remarkably thorough for an introductory book.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
not helpful 5 April 2006
By Ioann Panoutsopoulos - Published on Amazon.com
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it has an already made site which you study, but it does not go step by step, it just shows pieces of how this was done, and if you want yours to differ a little, you find no help to do so. Totaly annessecery book.
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Good Starting Tutorial and CD includes the Software 29 Mar 2006
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
ASP.NET has created a drag-and-drop environment to enable the non-programmer to design web pages of surprising complexity without having to learn very much programming at all. While this approach will probably not last forever as your site gets more complex, it is a fair way to get started. At least you can get on line quickly.

ASP used to stand for Active Server Pages (I'm not so sure that now it's just the three letters) which means that a base page is designed and then data for the page is brought out of a database. This means that there are two aspects of doing a web site: the basic design of the page from an artistic sense, and the design of the underlying data structure that comes from the database.

This book is an excellect tutorial for the beginner. It covers both the design of the page and the underlying database. It further uses uses software that is free from Microsoft. The software is included on a CD that is supplied with the book. But you may want to check the Microsoft web site to see if a later version is available.
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