Programming ASP.NET, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 2003
Pages: 1008

ASP.NET, successor to Microsoft's Active Server Pages (ASP), is so complete and flexible that a web developer's main difficulty may lie simply in weaving the pieces together for maximum efficiency. The new edition of Programming ASP.NET shows developers how to do just that. Updated for Version 1.1 of the NET framework and Visual Studio .NET 2003, the second edition of this bestselling .NET title will show you how to create dynamic, data-driven web sites and services using both C# and Visual Basic .NET.

In Programming ASP.NET, Second Edition authors Jesse Liberty and Dan Hurwitz cover everything you need to know to be effective with ASP.NET. The book includes a comprehensive tutorial on Web Forms, which, in conjunction with Visual Studio .NET 2003, allow you to apply Rapid Application Development techniques (including drag-and-drop control placement) to web development. Programming ASP.NET includes extensive coverage of each type of server control, including Web server controls, HTML server controls, and custom controls. New material covers creating ASP.NET pages for mobile devices.

Since most web applications and web services involve retrieving data and returning it to a client browser, Programming ASP.NET Second Edition also offers extensive coverage of data access issues. These include topics such as using ASP.NET's list-bound controls; accessing data using the ADO.NET object model, and updating data with or without transaction support.

Programming ASP.NET also discusses such advanced topics as:

  • Caching and performance
  • Security
  • Configuration and deployment
If you're already familiar with Active Server Pages technology, you'll appreciate the in-depth focus and straightforward, easy-to-read approach for developing web pages and web services. Succinct, direct, and loaded with examples, Programming ASP.NET, Second Edition will help users at every level master ASP.NET without getting bogged down in the complexity of its features.
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Source code is very hard to use

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It's great that the source code in the book is provided on the web site, but the files have no extensions, making it very hard to figure them out and requiring a lot of error-prone cutting and pasting. (Perhaps that was their whole point - force the beginner to create Visual Studio solutions and then figure out the maze of extensions: .xml, .cs, .aspx, .ascx, .html, .resx, .config, etc. But it's a real time-waster IMHO.)

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A book you to read with calm!

By Eduardo Cesar Lunardelli

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Comments about oreilly Programming ASP.NET, 2nd Edition:

Good, I still do not have enough knowledge on asp.net, but for that our group of studies walked presenting on asp net with base in this book, we had a shining evolution.

Thus that to arrive the moment of I to have in hand this book, also will make my commentaries. For the time being I am postando the JB.NET commentary... But it said that it is the book to read itself with calm;)

 
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Not bad, but could be better

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I bought "Programming ASP.NET" after a session on the floor of my local bookstore, reviewing ASP.NET titles for a large .NET project I had taken over. The main thing that caught my eye was a discussion of deployment procedures - both xcopy and registering assemblies in the GAC. None of the other titles really looked at this subject in depth, one or two touched on it briefly. It also directly focused on the Visual Studio.NET environment, rather than compiling from the command line or from a third-party GUI. I reviewed a few of the other chapters in the book and it seemed to cover the general stuff fairly well.

The book was certainly helpful in getting me up to speed with ASP.NET, which I had not used before. There are a number of typographical/code errors/inconsistencies however, which for a newbie as I was made things harder to understand than they should have been. For a £35 book, I'd expect a slightly better level of proof-reading. Also, some of the examples given are needlessly complex. One of the biggest gripes I have is that whilst there is a long chapter all about the DataGrid, there is hardly any discussion of Paging and Sorting - arguably the most important feature of a DataGrid - just some bold text entries in yet another copy of the source listing. The authors seem to have missed the fact that by far the easiest way to sort a DataGrid is to use the DataView control and its Sort property. No need to implement custom sorting, no need to wrap each DataRow in its own class derived from IComparable.

There is a large amount of "page padding" - pages and pages of source code listings, often repeating a listing from a previous page, which surely would have been better off on a CD. This may have helped the errata, too, as they could have checked that each example compiled!

On the whole, the book feels rushed and the padding does make you feel like you've paid more than you should have. Not a great example of an O'Reilly book.

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