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Beginning ASP.NET 4.5: in C# and VB Paperback – 30 Oct 2012
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From the Back Cover
The definitive guide to ASP.NET, completely updated for .NET 4.5
As a perennial bestselling author on all things related to ASP.NET, Imar Spaanjaars is completely in tune with what you need to know to sharpen your ASP.NET skills. With this new edition, he walks you through ASP.NET 4.5, the latest iteration of Microsoft's technology for building dynamically generated web pages, and he delivers helpful examples to clarify each topic. Featuring a user-friendly, step-by-step format, the book guides you through customizing the IDE, building a Planet Wrox website example, working with files and web forms, designing web pages, displaying and updating data, creating tables, and much more. With this resource in hand, you will be completely at ease learning ASP.NET 4.5.
Beginning ASP.NET 4.5 in C# and VB:
- Highlights the latest features of ASP.NET 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012
- Details how to work with ASP.NET 4.5 controls
- Explains what the ASP.NET state engine is and why it is important
- Shares advice for creating consistent-looking websites
- Includes information on how to add features with pre-built server controls
- Reveals practical tips for using user controls
- Clarifies ways to use Web Services and page methods in Ajax websites
- Includes coverage of jQuery, LINQ, and the entity framework
- Explores measures to take for optimal security
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About the Author
Imar Spaanjaars, a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP, is the technical director of Dynamicweb North America. He is a bestselling author and one of the top contributors to the Wrox Community Forum at p2p.wrox.com, with more than 15,000 answers to programmer questions. 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.
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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.