Beginning Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
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The 1,200-page Beginning Active Server Pages 3.0 starts predictably with an explanation of ASP--Active Server Pages--and why they are a Good Thing. It covers installing and testing IIS 5.0, and then you are ready to write your first ASP example--all in chapter one. Next you learn about client and server side scripting followed by chapter on variables; control structures; objects, properties and events; cookies, the all-important error handling and so on all the way up to creating a working ASP-based database application. COM+, ADO and XML are covered en route, and the result is a considered and well- constructed course in ASP for professionals.
One of the strengths of Beginning Active Server Pages 3.0 is the feeling it gives that the authors have been there before you. (Six authors are credited, complete with the usual pictures that grace the covers of Wrox titles-- why aren't programmers more photogenic?) Their experience shows through most clearly in the gotchas and practical debugging advice peppered through the book.
If you're already creating HTML pages and want to extend your skills into the more lucrative corporate Web sector--a major stronghold of ASP--then you'll want to work your way through this book. -- Steve Patient --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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With no practical programming backgound what-so-ever I really am starting from scratch. With a starting position like that you need to make the correct decision about your learning tools. Purchasing Wrox's Begining ASP 3.0 was the best decision I have made to date, probably the best throughout my 31 years of life! . I am now half way through the book and my only complaint is that it wasn't proof read before publishing, it can be annoying but is by no means a hinderence. It is well thought out, gives a good basis to start from and has a comfortable learning curve. And of course, should you not quite grasp it the first time it's always there to refer to.
In fact I am so happy with this book, I'm actually here to purchase the follow on - Professional ASP 3.0 by Wrox, as I won't put the first one down till I've completed it (about a another week or so!) and have already started to incorporate what I've learned into my working Web Sites, fantastic : )
the book is very well written throughout, it's not even "Americanised" (or should that be "Americanized"?). all the code examples worked without modification, i now have a thorough understanding of the basics of ASP and ADO... what more could you want..? buy it now.
Although experienced programmers may find themselves skimming through some of the mid-chapters, I would still recommend it to them as a starting point. The latter end of the book teaches some of the most exciting aspects of ASP, explained in clarity and detail. If you are an experienced programmer you may want to order Professional ASP 3.0 by Wrox at the same time as you will probably plow through the beginners edition quite quickly.
Non-programmers will find this book invaluable, it gives a thorough introduction to programming methods as well as ASP itself. And I'm sure most will find it excellent value for money.
The Wrox website compliments this book superbly.
Contrary to criticisms that this book is too long and longwinded, it is a beginners guide and as such spends enough time on explaining the subject matter thoroughly. More experienced persons may of course skip sections or more straight on to the Professional book.
Yes some of the examples are not appropriate for real-world usage, but this is a teaching guide so that should be expected.
Very well written especially for its target audience and a good general guide to keep as a reference.
All that said, it is quite a nice book. I just won't be using it for reference at work because of the size. I'll just have to take O'Reilly's for that.
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