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4.0 out of 5 stars

on 28 November 2001
This book has all the potential of being a very useful offering as both a reference and teaching aid. Turns out it fails on both counts, because of the patchy nature of the chapters. This book cannot by any means be called uniform in quality. There are some excellent chapters and some simply average ones and some complete dogs!
By far and away best are the 2 chapters on Data Manipulation and Presentation, although these are let down by loosed editing - in the form of missing source code listings. As is the chapter on code-behind ("Separating Code from Content"). Also very good, as is the one on XML ("Using XML"), although a single chapter on XML is not going to be sufficient for anyone, but you will be happy to know that the writer of this chapter (Dan Wahlin) has published a book of his own. There are also some rather useful chapters on areas that are usually left out of books of this type, and they deal with Error Handling ("ASP.NET Error Handling") and state management ("Managing State").
The chapters that are really awful and could do worse than being re-written are: "Web Services" and "Application-Level Programming" simply because they simply do not have enough in the way of quality code. One thing that I find quite curious is the chaper on "Enabling Better Browser Support" - which doesn't really have a place in .NET, which aims to reproduce uniform browser behaviour.
All code samples are in VB.NET with some consideration for the C# public, but certainly the source-code is not eqally bi-lingual- which I hope gets addressed in the future.
Overall a good book, although be prepared for some ups and downs in quality.
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on 3 September 2001
This book takes the attitude towards the reader that they are not an idiot, whilst at the same time taking a simple clean approach to explaining the code it is showing you.
It covers all the topics you could wish to cover in an ASP.NET book with many examples and excellant step by step walk throughs.
I would personally reccomend this book to anyone who is thinking of Starting ASP.NET, it is all you need to start!
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