Beginning ASP.NET 3.5: In C# and VB (Programmer to Programmer)
This book is for anyone who wants to learn how to build rich and interactive Microsoft ASP.NET web sites. With the knowledge you gain from this book, you create a great foundation to build any type of web site, ranging from simple hobby-related web sites to sites you may be creating for commercial purposes. Using this book’s step-by-step format you’ll learn to:
Obtain, install, and customize Visual Web Developer (VWD) 2008
create a new web site and how to add new pages to it.
use the numerous tools in VWD to create HTML and ASP.NET pages
use the VWD tools and CSS, the language that is used to format web pages
What ASP.NET server controls are, what they are used for, and how to use them
program web pages Visual Basic or C#
create consistent-looking pages through the use of master pages, skins, and themes
build the navigation structure of your site
create and use User Controls and enhance them to repeat content like menus and banners
accept, validate, and process user input and send e-mail from your ASP.NET web application
create good looking, flicker free web page interaction with ASP.NET Ajax
the basics of SQL, the language used access and alter data in a database
use the database tools found in Visual Web Developer
use the ASP.NET data controls to create an interface for your users to interact with your application’s data
use LINQ to SQL to access SQL Server databases without writing a lot of manual code
change the visual appearance of your data through the use of control styles
interact with the data-bound controls and speed up your application
use the security ASP.NET features to create user accounts, distinguish between anonymous and logged on users, and manage the users in your system
create personalized web pages with content targeted at individual users
find and fix problems with VWD debugging tools
deploy and run your final web site
Finally, an ASP.NET book worth its cost
By James Skemp "JamesRSkemp.com" - June 8, 2008
I've picked up copies of Beginning ASP.NET 2.0; Build Your Own ASP.NET 2.0 Web Site Using C# & VB; Beginning ASP.NET 2.0 E-Commerce in C# 2005 From Novice to Professional; and Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5 Step by Step (the only one I can recommend). With all of these, I struggled to read them and didn't feel as though I learned much, or in the case of the last, failed to get much more than an overview of ASP.NET (albeit a good one).
However, with Imar Spaanjaars' book, I finally feel comfortable with ASP.NET 3.5.
In this book Imar works through the steps of creating of an actual, fully-functional, ASP.NET 3.5 Web site, that's actually not that bad (ignoring some questionable design).
Unlike other books, Imar covers both the Express and commercial versions of Visual Studio, in a very unobtrusive way. In addition, Imar doesn't rely solely on the ASP.NET components, but gives a good deal of... read more
finally over the psychological barrier
By Margaret Magnus - September 5, 2008
I work as a C (C++) programmer. Much of what I do uses MFC code to talk to SQL Server and Access. The company decided to migrate my software to the Internet and since it wasn't time critical, gave me the option of learning the technology and doing it myself. And so I have messed around when I had spare time for several months not really getting it to work. The two skills I felt like I really needed to acquire into order to be up and running were (1) the ability to access databases securely and reliably from a Web site (logins, etc.), and (2) the ability to call dlls (Web Services) from a Web site. This book gets me through the first, but not the second.
Part of the reason that I'm further along now is that I was using ASP.NET 2.0. Version 3.5 has added so many widgets to resolve common problems that it really feels to me from the perspective of a rank beginner like an entirely different beast, though under the hood, the fundamentals are the same. For example, the beginning... read more
Stunning - Where Do I Begin?
By Good-Energy Programmer - September 25, 2008
Over the years I have read over 50 programming books. This easily ranks as one of the best. I am now on page 193 - and have made underlinings or notes on almost every page. First of all, it might be relevant to know that my background is classic ASP - but it's been a few years since I worked with it. Overall, the book flows beautifully and logically. Not only does the overall structure make sense, but the actual detail explanations are crystal clear. This book takes the reader on a logical course to understand all the key aspects of creating ASP.NET web sites (including key details of the Visual Web Developer interface). I am continually amazed at the flow, and the clear explanations of all relevant details. Additionally, I have posted a number of questions on the wrox forum website (look for the one that deals specifically with this book) and Imar - the author - quickly and thoroughly answered all my questions. My thanks to Imar for this work of outstanding quality - a truly helpful... read more