on 31 May 2015
If you're starting out from scratch - this is the book to help you learn how to build a fully functioning, robust website.
You definitely need Microsoft's Visual Studio Express 2012 For Web to get the most from this book...I downloaded the Visual 2013 version at first and found, bit by bit, that what I got on my screen gradually diverged from what the book depicted...So I downloaded Visual 2012 and everything went exactly as it should according to this book.(You can have both versions of Visual on your computer-but only use the 2012 version with this book).
The author-Imar Spaanjaars-has a very methodical approach and introduces things in a clear way. He knows all the little quirks of the system that can often throw someone new to website building. As you work your way through the book he guides you neatly through all the tricky hoops and hurdles building a website entails.
It's a complicated area that deals with a variety of programming languages and uses a host of different sources to construct the website but he
manages to make it all comprehensible to the beginner. I initially started out learning C++ with Microsoft's Visual Studio Express For Desktop.
If that is like drawing up blueprints for a machine, house or whatever, this is the actual on-site building of the machine, house or whatever where you draw together all the materials you need from variety of sources to build what your single blueprint has sketched out.
It's worth noting, too, that all the code used in the book is presented in both C# form and Visual Basic. There's not a lot of difference between the two languages but if you know one better than the other it is extremely helpful.
The book has great pictures of what your screen should look like at almost every point during the construction of the example website and the downloads of source codes and resources (very easy-just a few clicks on the appropriate bit of the Wrox website) are extremely useful as you can easily see where your own code has gone wrong.
One suspects that, if you were building your own website, you wouldn't necessarily use all the ways and means detailed in this book but, that it covers so many, equips you with sufficient tools to decide which are the best ones for building your own, particular, website.
Imar Spaanjars has updated this book ('Beginning ASP.NET 4.5.1 in C# and VB') and for that you will need to use the 2013 version of Microsoft's Visual Studio Express For Web. The updated book covers the same ground in the same way but makes adjustments for changes since the 2012 version was released.
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on 2 April 2013
This book is brilliant, and I already had the previous version, but I wanted to use some of the newer software such as SQL server 2012, and this book allowed me to do so. Brilliant for anyone who is trying to learn ASP.net
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on 3 September 2013
I have got about a third of the way through, it is a good enough book, but hard going at times and a little boring, I think thats why I have stopped reading it, but useful