Beginning ASP.NET 3.5: in C# and VB (Programmer to Programmer) Paperback – 29 Feb 2008
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From the Back Cover
Beginning ASP.NET 3.5 In C# and VB
To build effective and eye–catching database–driven web sites, you must first have a solid framework on which to run your web pages as well as a rich environment in order to create and program these web pages. Microsoft′s ASP.NET 3.5 and Visual Web Developer 2008 combine forces to provide you with the ultimate platform on which you can create dynamic and interactive web applications.
Popular Wrox author Imar Spaanjaars begins by demonstrating how to obtain and install Visual Web Developer. With each successive chapter, he introduces you to new technologies that build on knowledge gained from previous chapters. You′ll learn that both ASP.NET 3.5 and Visual Web Developer now come with an extensive set of tools that will help you smoothly program your web applications. With the knowledge you gain from this book, you will be able to create feature–rich, database–driven, interactive web sites.
What you will learn from this book
Ways that ASP.NET Server controls allow you to create complex web sites with very little code
How to use the extensive set of CSS tools that help you design your web pages
How to program responsive and interactive web pages with either C# or Visual Basic®
How to work with databases to create rich, data–driven web pages
How you can easily create a centralized and maintainable site design
How to secure your web site, providing login functionality and role–based access to content
Who this book is for
This book is for anyone who wants to build rich and interactive web sites that run on the Microsoft platform. No prior experience in web development is assumed.
Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.See all Product description
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You definitely need Microsoft's Visual Studio Express 2012 For Web to get the most from this book...I downloaded the Visual 2013 version at first and found, bit by bit, that what I got on my screen gradually diverged from what the book depicted...So I downloaded Visual 2012 and everything went exactly as it should according to this book.(You can have both versions of Visual on your computer-but only use the 2012 version with this book).
The author-Imar Spaanjaars-has a very methodical approach and introduces things in a clear way. He knows all the little quirks of the system that can often throw someone new to website building. As you work your way through the book he guides you neatly through all the tricky hoops and hurdles building a website entails.
It's a complicated area that deals with a variety of programming languages and uses a host of different sources to construct the website but he
manages to make it all comprehensible to the beginner. I initially started out learning C++ with Microsoft's Visual Studio Express For Desktop.
If that is like drawing up blueprints for a machine, house or whatever, this is the actual on-site building of the machine, house or whatever where you draw together all the materials you need from variety of sources to build what your single blueprint has sketched out.
It's worth noting, too, that all the code used in the book is presented in both C# form and Visual Basic. There's not a lot of difference between the two languages but if you know one better than the other it is extremely helpful.
The book has great pictures of what your screen should look like at almost every point during the construction of the example website and the downloads of source codes and resources (very easy-just a few clicks on the appropriate bit of the Wrox website) are extremely useful as you can easily see where your own code has gone wrong.
One suspects that, if you were building your own website, you wouldn't necessarily use all the ways and means detailed in this book but, that it covers so many, equips you with sufficient tools to decide which are the best ones for building your own, particular, website.
Imar Spaanjars has updated this book ('Beginning ASP.NET 4.5.1 in C# and VB') and for that you will need to use the 2013 version of Microsoft's Visual Studio Express For Web. The updated book covers the same ground in the same way but makes adjustments for changes since the 2012 version was released.
The book is a great introduction to so much more than ASP.NET 3.5. Imar also introduces the reader to: Visual Web Developer Express 2008, SQL Server 2005 Express, HTML, CSS, Databases and programming (VB and C#). To summarise, £20 well spent.
Instead I started reading the Sitepoint ASP.NET book and found it refreshingly shorter, more methodical and more user-friendly while also going into more detail.
I also have the Pro ASP.NET (Apress) book and I think that is a really good 'professional' book and covers a lot of information, but the Sitepoint book is much better as a tutorial if you are completely new to ASP.NET.
I think that this book falls between two stools - as a beginner book, it is too long-winded and too dry and as a professional book, it isn't comprehensive enough.
The thing I didn't like about this book is the fact that you need to follow the tutorials from the beginning of the book, all the way through if you want to do the tutorials in the middle of the book or the examples simply wont work. This proved to be very tedious for me as I already know the basics of HTML, CSS and good navigation. This essentially meant that I had to work through the first 300 pages even though I already had full understanding of the features described.
I believe this book would have been a lot better if they had used smaller examples in each chapter of the book so that the reader wouldn't have to start at the beginning if they didn't feel it was necessary.