ASP.NET 2.0 Unleashed Hardcover – 6 Jun 2006
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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 !
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.
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bit heavy in areas but overall its a great book. It really goes into detail in some areas but that is exactly what you need. Read more
Having really not done much with ASP.NET I found that I got a lot from this book. It's helped me get to grips with the basics and over time has helped me learn more and more.Published on 30 Oct. 2009 by M. Bell
I bought this book after reading the glowing reviews and can only say that it is a great disapointment. Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2008 by A. Pullin
Finally I managed to go through this thick book, the thickest one I have ever read :)
This book contains over 1800 pages and it's packed with valuable information. Read more