Programming ASP.NET, 3rd Edition
Building Web Applications and Services with ASP.NET 2.0
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 2005
Pages: 960

O'Reilly has once again updated its bestselling tutorial on ASP.NET, the world's leading web development tool from Microsoft. In Programming ASP.NET, Third Edition, authors Jesse Liberty and Dan Hurwitz give you the lowdown on the technology's latest version, ASP.NET 2.0, as well as Visual Studio 2005.

Among the most significant improvements to ASP.NET 2.0 are new server controls and services that make you dramatically more productive. In fact, when compared to its predecessor, ASP.NET 2.0 reduces the amount of code you have to write by about 75%. Creating interactive web applications has never been easier-but that still doesn't mean it's hassle-free! The difficulty in ASP.NET 2.0 is that it's so complete and flexible that there are many pieces that must be woven together to build a robust, scalable, and efficient application.

Fortunately, Programming ASP.NET, Third Edition is on the case, dispensing all the information you need to be effective with this dynamic tool. For starters, the book features a comprehensive tutorial on Web Forms, the user interface that gives web applications their look and feel. It then offers detailed explanations of all new controls, including web server controls, HTML controls, and custom controls. Used properly, these controls are able to take care of nearly all the foundation work-security, data access, layout, etc.-that you would normally have to write yourself. Free of these burdensome tasks, you can instead focus on your specific application.

Other new material found in this updated edition even shows you how to create ASP.NET 2.0 pages for mobile devices. With Programming ASP.NET, Third Edition at your side, there's virtually no end to the programming possibilities.

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By Philip K

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Comments about oreilly Programming ASP.NET, 3rd Edition:

Bought this book as I had to quickly develop an ASP.NET application in VS2005. I am primarily a Java Web developer, and ASP.NET (C#) follows quite a different paradigm to Java Web Development.

This book however made the transition remarkably easy. It explains all the concepts of ASP.NET, the underlying architecture and mechanisms and how to develop web applications in VS2005 (it also explains the means for developing if you just want to use a text editor).

This book does not have to be read sequentially, and it is quite possible to jump to the chapter of relevance. This is good, because the book covers quite a lot of ground, from building simple web apps, to accessing databases to building web services.

Definitely one of the better O'Reilly books.

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All C #, No VB

By Chuck

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Comments about oreilly Programming ASP.NET, 3rd Edition:

What a shame that the authors cannot accept that VB is still out there and will be for a long time. Why couldn't they at least include VB code in the source code download?

There's still a lot of goodness here, but without the VB code available, it's only half a book: a 6 of 10 rating at best. With the VB code, maybe even a 9 of 10.

C#'ers will probably be very pleased. VB'ers might give the ASP.NET 2.0 Cookbook (O'Reilly) a look instead.

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