ASP.NET 2.0 MVP Hacks Paperback – 30 May 2006
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This unique book offers readers invaluable information from the cream of the crop - Microsoft MVPs - who are now sharing undocumented hacks for the first time. Packed with superlative advice on ASP, Microsoft's popular technology for Web sites, this book will help readers become more productive developers, find solutions to problems they thought unsolvable, and develop better applications. During their many years of working with ASP.NET, Microsoft MVPs have answered thousands of questions, putting them in the distinctive position of knowing exactly what readers need to know. Many of the hacks will apply to multiple versions of ASP.NET, not just 2.0 but 1.0 and 1.1 as well. This book is also available as part of the 5-book ASP.NET 2.0 Wrox Box (ISBN: 0-470-11757-5).This 5-book set includes: professional ASP.NET 2.0 Special Edition (ISBN: 0-470-04178-1); ASP.NET 2.0 Website Programming: Problem - Design - Solution (ISBN: 0764584642 ); Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Security, Membership, and Role Management (ISBN: 0764596985); Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Server Control and Component Development (ISBN: 0471793507); ASP.NET 2.0MVP Hacks and Tips (ISBN: 0764597663); CD-ROM with more than 1000 pages of bonus chapters from 15 other .NET 2.0 and SQL Server(TM) 2005 Wrox books; DVD with 180-day trial version of Microsoft[registered] Visual Studio[registered] 2005 Professional Edition.
From the Back Cover
As Microsoft MVPs, this team of authors has witnessed first–hand the innumerable problems and challenges that even the most experienced developers regularly encounter. This project survival guide offers little–known solutions, undocumented features, tips, and tricks otherwise known as hacks that you can use to build and deliver real–life applications using ASP.NET.
Written with the seasoned professional in mind, this book examines how some hacks ultimately become mainstream code or practices that are integrated into a product or process. You′ll benefit from the extensive experience of the authors as they show you how to adapt various hacks to your specific application and business environment. Plus, in–depth discussions of the solutions prove to bea helpful way to learn more about the inner workings of ASP.NET 2.0.
What you will learn from this book
- Various hacks such as page templates, multiple forms, URL rewriting, and SQL cache dependencies
- The many improvements in ASP.NET 2.0 that were originally hacks but are now part of the base product
- How the many new built–in functions reduce the amount of code you need to write for the most common applications
Who this book is for
This book is for experienced developers familiar with ASP.NET programming who are looking to take their skills from an "average" to "excellent" level.
Wrox MVP Hacks and Tips provide unique and little–known solutions to complex programming challenges. Written by Microsoft MVPs highly regarded independent technical experts nominated by their peers and selected by Microsoft each title reveals the highest quality hacks that have been discovered through years of hands–on experience.See all Product description
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First of all, they should stop printing books for beta and pre-release versions of products. Much of this book refers to features that have changed since ASP.NET 2.0 went gold.
Second, one section that I had a particular interest in, URL Rewriting, basically gave a three page review of what it is, and referred the user to go to blog to download code and read more about it. This is not what I would expect as a "MVP Hack"
Third, there were very few useful hacks in here. The O'Reilly Cookbook series is SO MUCH better than this. I don't know if there is an O'Reilly ASP.NET 2.0 book, but the authors of this Wrox title should read it and rewrite this book.
Each chapter in the book covers a topic like "Providers," "HttpHandlers and HttpModules," and "Master Pages" and goes into a few neat things you can do with each. The hacks and descriptions are written in an easy to understand way that makes them simple to adopt for your own purposes.
It's hard to say whether the book will be of help to you or not. As each hack applies to a pretty specific problem being solved, you'd really need to scan the table of contents and see if your application is facing any of these problems or has requirements that touch on any of the areas covered. On the other hand, just scanning through each hack causes you to think about the various ways you can apply what's being described, so there might be some value to you just in the inspiration they bring.
Entry level ASP.NET developers might be helped by looking at the code and learning from it, but the concepts really are more intermediate or advanced level. If you're starting your first ASP.NET site, this is probably not your book; if you have a few under your belt, it could help you out.
While it's not obvious from the title, some of the hacks can be used in ASP.NET 1.1 as well, so for folks not quite up to 2.0, the book still holds some value.
The only downside I really found with the book was the organization. The order of the chapters feels slightly arbitrary, starting with a potpourri chapter that covers a lot of topics, moving into client-side hacks, then server-side, then into deployment and development hacks, back into server-side hacks. If you read from front to back, it makes you wonder why they didn't take two hacks that both deal with the same topic and put them both in the same chapter, or why they didn't centralize all of the control-based hacks, all of the handler/module hacks, etc., into sections of the book closer together. Finally, there's a distinct lack of cross-referencing, which belies the multi-author nature of the book: both chapters 1 and 17 talk about a URL rewriting hack, but neither references the other. It would have been better to put all of the URL rewriting information together, or at least mention in each something like "this topic is also discussed in chapter X." I knocked my rating down a star for poor organization.
Overall it's a pretty good book and offers some interesting ideas for fixes to problems that many intermediate/advanced ASP.NET developers have encountered (or will eventually encounter). A good addition to your bookshelf.
The book is not not an A-Z C# reference or complete primer for Asp.NET nor is it meant to be. It is exactly what the title says it is, a collection of tips that should help you be more productive in your daily tasks. Because of this the target reader should be familiar with developing web projects using ASP.NET and the ideal reader would be a .NET web developer, either professional or hobbyist. Depending on your experience level and knack for gathering these types of things there some things in the book that you may already know or use, but I bet you will at least learn a thing or two.
Chapter 2, "Getting Started" offers some excellent suggestions for organizing your projects/solutions ,including recommending a base class for your pages. Later chapters on providers, debugging, viewstate, cache and deployment proved to be a good refresher and taught me more than a handful of things I didn't know. Scott Hanselman's chapter on Http Handlers and Modules was outstanding as well. Any reader of his blog will find him/herself right at home.
The book was a pleasure to read and is one of those that will have to remain close by so that I can pick it up and browse through it again from time to time. I believe that every time I read it I will find something new - like watching a favorite movie.
I highly recommend the book to anyone doing ASP.NET development, especially those that are already fans of the authors - like me :)
The book is written by a series of guys who have been working for years with Microsoft's ASP.NET. They probably started off with ASP.NET on the first version. They've been through each version up to now trying things, working around things, finding ways to make it do what they needed. Being Microsoft MVP's (Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals) the ASP.NET development team listens to them somewhat more than they would listen to the average fellow sending them an e-mail.
Any these guys developed these hacks, or creative solutions, or cool code snippets, or undocumented features and a lot of the ones they developed in earlier versions have made it into the standard code. Here is what they have discovered with ASP.NET 2.0.
This is not a book for beginners, but if you are up to intermediate status here are a bunch of things that will help you make your next project better. These hacks do things that these guys have found desirable. You're likely to find a good idea or two as well.