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Relies FAR too heavily on the supplied software
on 12 May 2004
Coming to the ASP.Net arena with 3 years ASP and 6 years HTML experience, I chose this book to start again at the beginning of the learning curve so that I didn't miss anything. This book's learning curve is very gradual and the author does a fantastic job of explaining the various components of the technology.
The book is supplied with a CD-ROM containing the ASP.Net Framework, the code examples from the book, and an ASP.Net editor - "MS ASP.Net Web Matrix".
Obviously, as with most other people with experience, I have my own set of programming tools, and chose not to use the supplied editor in favour of my own.
Unfortunately as the book progresses, use of the "Web Matrix" software becomes absolutely essential, as the examples of the underlying code are ignored in favour of the code wizards within the software. I originally hoped I would be able to bypass the Wizard instructions and simple type the code into my own editing software.
I imagine most people with a similar background to me would usually prefer to see the ASP code rather than step-by-step wizard instructions. This ~can~ be viewed using the Web Matrix, however, it's pretty complex and isn't easy to figure out by yourself.
If the author could rewrite this book, but forget about the "Web Matrix" in favour of detailed coding plus examples, it would be one of the best publications available. The book begins in this ideal style, but soon migrates to the Wizard approach instead.
How are you supposed to understand the principles and any errors or functionality queries when the wizard is all you know about?!?
Perhaps the book should have been called, "Sams Teach Yourself The ASP.NET Web Matrix Coding Wizards in 24 Hours"