Murach's ASP.NET 4 Web Programming with C# 2010 (Murach: Training & Reference) Paperback – 4 Jun 2011
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Top customer reviews
Let's say you have a basic familiarity with using controls but need the specifics for check boxes. Look in the index - "Chapter 6 How to work with server controls" and within that "How to work with check boxes and radio buttons" and Bob's your uncle.
It's not one you'd probably choose to read from start to finish (though I did) but it's a well designed reference and I recommend it.
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I'm not giving this book one star, because I did learn from it, but it was a very painful experience and it was more painful than it should have been. I'm not giving this book three stars because, in my opinion, it is not built for beginners to ASP.NET. If I had picked up this book as an independent study guide, on my own time, I would not have finished it and gone searching for another author. The first 4 chapters are a brutal start when you start from nothing. I feel the same way about some of the later chapters as well, even when you know a little bit.
A general gist of my thoughts:
• Some chapters are very well written (when discussing a single topic at a time) and most of the language didn't bother me, such as the use of contractions, the use of writing in the first person, and the writing style other reviews talk about. What did bother me was the number of times throughout the book the author would attempt to give every exception to the rule before ever giving a rule to work by. I was also stunned, and would get angry, every time I read, “We’ve already discussed X, so you should already know it by now, so we won’t discuss it again.”
• I do not see this as a useful reference book that I’ll use in the future. It is written more along the lines of a specific story, and not in the style where I can look something up in the index, flip to a page, and make use of it.
• We had a separate web project, outside the book but from Murach that complimented each chapter, to complete. I think it highlighted just how specific some of the in-book examples were. I’m glad we had the extra project as I did learn a lot from it. It took me a lot of precious time and I had to re-read some chapters 5-6 times to even get an idea on how to proceed in some cases. I made a lot of use out of the Microsoft Developer Network, which in many cases was better than this book.
• Our professor, with over 20 years industry experience, who generally loves and raves about the Murach series in other courses, mentioned that he thinks this is the weakest Murach book he’s seen from them. He looked into about 10 other publishers and their ASP.NET offerings, coming to the conclusion that the rest were worse, even though this book is subpar. He kind of apologized, but when no ASP.NET book is stellar, you take the best available and go forward. I can follow that line of thinking. I guess there is room in the market for a better mousetrap… er, ASP.NET book for beginners. I feel like I had to fight with this book all course.
In final review, this was not a book I would suggest others use if you are new to ASP.NET. I believe it assumes you already have 3-5 years experience in Microsoft based development. It was subject material I wanted to learn, from a professor I’ve had before. He’s great, other books he's used have been great, I’m the same person… it was the utility of this book that caused most of my problems.
This book is a fantastic learning tool as well as an excellent referrence book. I am currently taking an ASP.NET class and I have found that the book is actually in parallel with the class, making the class more effective.
I would recommend this book to anyone trying to learn ASP.NET Web Programming with C# 2005. I also recommend the Murach book "C# 2005" as a companion book. And along with those two, their Murach's SQL Server 2005 for Developers is also a great companion book since most ASP.NET web application are data driven one way or another. With these three books you will be on the fast track to becoming a solid web developer in no time.
This book is great for the novice as well as the seasoned professional. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn ASP.NET 2.0
It helps to have a few years experience of Visual Studio under the belt. I don't think I'd recommend this for beginners. It mainly deals with 4 languages at once. Html, ASP, C# and SQL. I've had experience with SQL, HTML, and C# previously. And PHP which is almost the same as ASP.
Perfect for refreshing after you know about the language/programming style already. Excellent reference book, with code examples and explanation of the code side by side.
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