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  • Hardcover: 1963 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; Har/Cdr edition (6 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672328232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672328237
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 6.7 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,462,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Stephen Walther has taught workshops on building ASP.NET applications at NASA, Lockheed Martin, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. House of Representatives, Verizon and others. He got his start working with Active Server Pages by developing two large commercial Web sites. First, he created the Collegescape Web site, a Web site used by over 200 colleges, including Harvard, Stanford, and MIT, to accept admittance applications online. Next, he created the CityAuction Web site, and auction site used by both Snap! and CitySearch. He received his Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley.

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Format: Hardcover
If you only buy one book about ASP.NET.2, make sure it's this one. I have a couple of others and this one is far superior to them. I had not come across any of Stephen Walther's books before, so this was a revelation.

Its not for absolute beginners. I came to it knowing ASP, but not any of the NET technologies and I'm getting along fine. It covers everything you'd ever want to know. All the examples are built using Visual Web Developer 2005 Express, which is on the CD which comes with the book, so there's everything you need to get started with ASP.NET.2

Its also a very well made book, unlike many. Hard back, clear printing on quality paper and it lies flat on the desk even though its got nearly 2000 pages.

Do yourself a favour - buy it !
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This is a huge book on ASP.NET 2.0 (over 1800 pages). I used it to update my knowledge from the previous version of ASP.NET, and for that it was superb. I now have a good understanding of all the new features of ASP.NET (despite it taking me 10 whole days to read). Code is in VB.NET, but the samples on the CD are in VB.NET and C# (so don't be put off by the VB if you are are a C# programmer).

Once you have read this book you will understand how ASP.NET works and what all of the new features are. I recommend then reading Marco Bellinaso's book "ASP.NET 2.0 Website Programming: Problem - Design - Solution". The two books complement each other really well, as ASP.NET 2.0 Unleashed shows you what the features of ASP.NET 2.0 are, and ASP.NET Website Programming shows how to apply decent architectural principles using a layered approach.
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I was an avid fan of the previous edition of this book which covered ASP.NET 1.1 and, as a result, my expectations of this book were rather high. I wasn't let down. Stephen Walther has taken a considerable amount of time to go through ASP.NET 2.0 with a fine tooth comb and write a book which is not just an essential aid for learning ASP.NET 2.0, but also a fantastic reference book for the seasoned developer.

He covers new areas not seen in previous books, such as the new themes and memberships and roles features which are now in ASP.NET 2.0. He also used Visual Web Developer Express as a tool to develop the examples. The developer who likes to keep up to date will not be dissapointed either, as he covers how to develop AJAX with ASP.NET 2.0. Note, however, The ATLAS framework (ASP.NET 2.0's AJAX framework) is not covered.

All in all this is an essential purchase for ASP.NET developers, new and old.
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Stephen Walther is an absolute legend. I had the previous ASP.Net 1.1 Unleashed and it was a fantastic book, one which I used to teach myself the technology. I was not let down by this new edition, the new controls in .Net 2.0 are so useful they could cut development time in half and this book explains them brilliantly. All the code samples are well written and most importantly work every time, many books contain example code which just doesnt work.

Without doubt if your new to ASP.Net or even if you want to upgrade your knowledge to take advantage of the new .Net 2.0 features this is the book for you.

This book will pay for itself!
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I ordered this book and expected a look into the more complex areas of ASP.NET development: Writting nearly 2000 pages it should be nearly imposible to mis out what you really want to know as a developer - but the writter does it over and over again. The book is nothing but a bad rewrite of the msdn documentation: More then 50% of this book is pure code samples on how not to do things in a production environment. The remaning 50% is so badly written that you have to read 20 pages to get the information, that could have been written in 1 or 2 pages: I think it is direspectfull of the writter, not to take the time to narrow things down. Also it keeps refering to asp includes as if we where stuck in the past. Spend your money else where - there is nothing in this book you can find on msdn for free. You will also find that the msdn is a much better source for information. This book needs a total rewrite and should have been no more than 300 - 400 pages.
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Like most people buying development books, I'm used to only gaining a partial amount from each book I've bought, this book includes everything for the ASP.NET developer. It is well laid out with plenty of examples (VB in the book and both VB and C# on the cd)

The book appears to be aimed at the use of Visual Web Developer software, but caters for Visual Studio 2005.
The examples also use single-file coding and for someone who uses code-behind pages can take a little getting used to, but this is only a minor gripe.
There is some really good examples of events being used within the ASP controls, but as the author states, Classes and components should be used for code re-use and this technique is all explained very well.

Particulaly helpful are the explanation of all the ASP controls available and examples on their use, as was Master Pages, Themes, Skins and CSS, although further references will have to be made to CSS as this is now such a vast subject in its own right.

The book hits home the need to be able to code to web standards which is good and explains how to meet them.
Topics also covered are Security, Memberships, application states and an extensive coverage of data access by all the possible methods.
In fact, this book must include everything you are likely to require for a web site.

I'm not one to normally sit down and read a book from cover to cover and the size of this one looked daunting but I soon found I had covered 1000 pages with no trouble!
It gets pretty technical from this point onwards and from this point onwards will become more of a reference on how to solve problems being encountered, which I'm sure the book can solve.
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