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5.0 out of 5 stars What the other books dont tell you
First, the book that arrived had a different title. My copy was called 'Real World ASP.NET Best Practices' by the same authors. This would seem to be the .NET 2003 edition although it has the same ISBN as the cover shown on Amazon.
Having read a few ASP.NET books and got to grips with the basics, I hit the problems which the 'basic' books leave out like, how do you...
Published on 13 April 2004 by Alan Johnston

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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I recently purchased this book to get some basic tips, I wasn't expecting anything groundbreaking but at least a few useful ideas. However the book is written in a rush, a lot of the statements in there are not in fact of any use and could result to big chunks of sluggish code. Implementing business logic within the asp .net code is not a good idea although the authors...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What the other books dont tell you, 13 April 2004
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This review is from: Real World ASP.Net Best Practices: Best Practices and Fatal Traps (Paperback)
First, the book that arrived had a different title. My copy was called 'Real World ASP.NET Best Practices' by the same authors. This would seem to be the .NET 2003 edition although it has the same ISBN as the cover shown on Amazon.
Having read a few ASP.NET books and got to grips with the basics, I hit the problems which the 'basic' books leave out like, how do you really use caching and state? How do you add client side javascript? How do you speed up those data accesses? What do you do if a datagrid only does 90% of what you want? Why does my application fly like a brick when released into the production environment?
The book has a no nonsense style and assumes you know about ASP.NET and have run into one or more of the problems the book covers. If you haven't, it can act as a pointer to best practices. Not a beginner's book by a long shot but one you will need one day once you start writing ASP.NET applications.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 3 Dec. 2009
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This review is from: Real World ASP.Net Best Practices: Best Practices and Fatal Traps (Paperback)
I recently purchased this book to get some basic tips, I wasn't expecting anything groundbreaking but at least a few useful ideas. However the book is written in a rush, a lot of the statements in there are not in fact of any use and could result to big chunks of sluggish code. Implementing business logic within the asp .net code is not a good idea although the authors have a different view. Use of rule based engines located on servers, web services which once again the authors dont seem to like too much and SQL stored procedures are much more powerful and maintainable. The book is written with big spaces, thick pages and in general it could probably cover a few pdf pages that the authors could release in their blog. Also a lot of the tips are not needed anymore with powerful server controls such as the devexpress ones. Total waste of money and time!
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3.0 out of 5 stars http://aspnetbookreviews.blogspot.com/, 9 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Real World ASP.Net Best Practices: Best Practices and Fatal Traps (Paperback)
Real World ASP .Net Best Practices is a practical book that reads from an "insiders" point of view. It consists of best practice techniques of ASP.NET's objects (caching, DataGrids, web.config etc.) within applications, backed up with plenty of benchmark graphs (Application Center Tests) and their own practical hits on development to compliment their recommendations.
The book is aimed at the intermediate ASP.NET developer as there are references and objects that you are expected to know that aren't explained within the text. The downside I found is that most intermediates would have come across the material and recommendations already. That said, the "best practice tips" riddled throughout the book do make this book worth reading and previous knowledge of the topics will allow any intermediate to skim through pages and benefit from the core pieces of information in this book.
What gives this book it's edge, is its benchmark tests performed on everyday objects within ASP.NET. However, you get the feeling the book that it has been purposely padding out to reach past the 200 page mark as they tend to overly explain their thinking behind their advice (and benchmark results). This is possibly on purpose to "drive the point home" but depending on your knowledge level, this can get annoying.
The layout of the paragraphs, code and tips has been done well and compliments the book's readability. You can quickly read through what you know and just glance at the highlighted tips (and pit falls) at the end of each section.
There are some good "hand-ons" chapters focusing on caching (Chapter 2), comparing data objects performance (Chapter 5) and application configuration files (Chapter 8) and there's good advice on the options for developing with Remoting / Web Services (Chapter 7) however, I would have liked to have seen a bigger appendix to the book and more annotations leading to online sources with more detail (for those into that sort of thing).
It is a definite one to add to the collection, it's a good book, some useful information, but nothing ground breaking, if you're an intermediate you should know a lot of this already, although it's nice to be spoon fed. You'll only read it once (and be comforted by the benchmark results) and when coding next, in the back of your mind you'll remember their recommendations, "yep, I'll use the DataList on this one".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some great tips, and down-to earth style, 18 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Real World ASP.Net Best Practices: Best Practices and Fatal Traps (Paperback)
This is a real 'hands on' book, covering many useful areas of ASP.NET development. There's always many ways to skin the proverbial cat when coding - these guys compare and contrast various techniques and explain the pros and cons of each. There's some great tips and insights to be picked up from this book. I just wish the authors had explored more topic areas, although It's good as far as it goes. A book you can actually learn practical stuff from, rather than a 'theoretical' manual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 13 May 2005
This review is from: Real World ASP.Net Best Practices: Best Practices and Fatal Traps (Paperback)
Every other book I have read on ASP.NET might as well have been written by microsoft. They normaly detail every facet of the framework whether practically useful or not and often you get the impression that the author knows the theory of a particular technology inside-out, but has no practical expertise.
This book is refreshingly different. It is based on the real world experiences of developers, and cuts through some of the BS that normally surrounds ASP.NET (passport authentication anyone?) - concentrating on those areas of real use to people who aren't reading for fun, and giving examples of methods that work well and those that don't. Well worth the cash.
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