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Sams Teach Yourself Web Development with ASP in 24 Hours Paperback – 14 Jun 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 01 edition (20 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672316129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672316128
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,788,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Author

A concise guide for beginners - a reference title for pro's
I am a self-taught programmer who learned various programming languages by reading books, magazines and - most importantly - source code from others (also referred to as "learning by stealing"). With this tactics, I have earned the MCSE, MCSD, MCP-IT and CNA titles so far; not too bad for reading only. My support for the online ASP community has earned me the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) title for ASP, which I'm very proud of.

This book serves two purposes - to get beginners started with examples they can use in real life now, as well as serving the purpose of the #1 reference for the then advanced programmer. My co-author and I have put a heavy emphasis on readability, step-by-steps and background information you don't get anywhere else - we have put all our knowledge (I'm working on IIS since its 1.0 beta version) into this book.

You are learning about the basics, the tricks of the trade, database access for dynamic web pages, a shot of XML in the server-side environment, security guidelines for today's web servers, shopping solutions and various ways on how to extend the reach of ASP. Explore the possibilities step-by-step and come back later to re-use the code in your real-life applications.

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Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages in 24 Hours is a step-by-step tutorial that teaches you how to create dynamic, fully functioning Web applications using Active Server Pages. Detailed coverage is provided for both Microsoft Personal Web Server and Microsoft Internet Information Server. Shows how to make sure your Web server is up and running correctly as well as how to build basic ASP applications. In addition to coverage of the basics of data access, you'll learn to send data, retrieve information, manage user sessions, use components, and work with files. Advanced topics include debugging ASP applications, building components, designing effective sites, adding security, and tuning ASP applications.

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Format: Paperback
This is an easy to read book, with carefully explained examples. It was the perfect book for me, since I appraoched ASP with no previous experiece. The examples covered all relate to common uses of ASP - database access, creating a 'shoping cart', tracking user sessions etc. I used this book to get me going, and ASP In A Nutshell once I was more at home with ASP.
The one possible drawback is that ASP in 24 hours charges through the basics of VB script - some sort more extensive reference of components and operators would have been helpful, esspecially for those of you like me with no Visual Basic experience.
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I looked around for a book to give an introduction to Active Server Pages, and this fitted the bill precisely. No assumptions are made (apart from VBScript - see below) and the text is pitched at just the right level. Each chapter/hour introduced a new topic, explained it, gave examples (which can be downloaded from SAMS site) and a summary. I thought that the quizzes at the end of each chapter were a little silly, though.
You could argue that the book did not go into enough depth in some places, but if the depth had been added it would not have been a 24 hours book. This is an introduction only, so look elsewhere (e.g. WROX books) if you want a fully blown, albeit more expensive, exposure to the subject.
A word of caution - all of the examples are in VBScript. This seems reasonable as it is relatively easy to translate between VBScipt and JScript. There is a quick quide to VBScript which I made use of (I'm a C++/Java developer), and I did not have any problems at all.
All in all, though, it completely fulfilled the promise of the title in that I learned a great deal about ASP in the alloted 24 hours, and deployed some of them on the web in the next 48 hours (e.g. automatic email responses to client queries, which is courteous and expected in the current eBusiness climate). Hence the full five crowns (or stars if you're on the U.S. site).
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In the past, I have not been that impressed with books published by SAMS; however, this is an exception. I almost canceled my order because they missed the initial publication date, but I am so glad I didn't.
I have quite a bit of experience with HTML and DHTML, but have avoided ASP technology. While this book is rated for beginners, it covers everything I needed and a whole lot more... stuff like XML, configuring IIS, security blah blah blah... it exceeded my expectations by a lot. I plan to use it as reference material for ASP, IIS and security features.
If you are a beginner, or a little more advanced, and want to know everything about ASP++, but don't want to read thousands of pages... get this book!
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Reasonably good read. Don't know how it compares to other beginner's books on the subject, but I think I would buy it again with foresight. However, some very annoying parts 1)It should warn you that you need ought to buy a book on VBScript to accompany it 2)JScript is avoided like the plague 3)Why does it bother mentioning XML? Has the author written a book on XML and is hoping you're gonna go and buy it because of the tiny little taster he gives you? and 4)Hour 24: Foundations for a Web Store should be renamed Hour 24: Annoying the reader. This hour is another little taster, that just aggravates.
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In spite of the many positive reviews this book has received I would agree with those reviewers who said the book is not for beginners. The Introduction to Hour 12 is a case in point, promising to be "a breather after the difficult hour" on sending e-mail. In fact it turns out to be turgid in the extreme and full of irritating, hip computerese. A MUCH better introduction in my opinion in the same series is 'Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 days' where the emphasis is on the code and not self-congratulatory, "look, aren't I clever" use of technical language. This book's a raspberry. .... sorry!
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By A Customer on 12 May 2000
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I have found that this book has consistently failed to provide what I need, when I need it. Even simple features are made cryptic. I am on a strict timetable, and cannot afford to waste a lot of time learning this. As a result I have found everything I need from other sources. It is absolutely useless as a reference book.
The logo says 'for when you only have time for the answers'- If thats true I suggest you look elsewhere, it's quicker.
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By A Customer on 3 July 2003
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This is an excellent book. 3 years ago I used this to get into the ASP buisness and I refer to it even now. Clear cut examples in a concise yet explanatory style and at a good price (for copmputer books). I am training my someone in ASP and this is the book I got for them. Its one of those books you would recommend to a person and stump up the money up fornt because you know they will find it valuable.
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I brought this book to help me get a brief understanding of using ASP pages with databases. This is to help me with my final project for my degree. I think that the book is great for beginners. But what I really would like to know is how you go about setting up an ODBC connection or any connection to a database on my ISP's web space? Anybody with any thoughts please e-mail me. Cheers
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