|Title||:||ASP.NET 3.5 Unleashed|
|Number of Pages||:||288 Pages|
|File Size||:||993 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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ASP.NET 3.5 Unleashed Reviews
This is by far the best book available on ASP.NET 3.5. The copious examples are shown in C#, with VB code available on an attached CD. Examples are what most new coders need to master this complex skill. I have not read anything on this subject that is explained more clearly. The prose is mostly excellent, though very concise and explanations are minimal. Fortunately, the author focused on sample code. That is a good thing, but a tough read for beginners.The book is not perfect. The examples are sometimes hard to follow and sometimes don't cover useful real-world examples. Furthermore, the ObjectDataSource is not as well covered as it should be, which slightly obsoletes the book. Much ink is wasted on the SqlDataSource. Also, the coverage of Object oriented data management constructs is minimal. And that is the most important concept in dotnet development with datases. If you are starting a new dotnet application, start with the ObjectDataSource. Put your data reads, updates, calls to stored procedures in one or more separate classes. This code does not belong in the page.The above not withstanding, based on a comparison of over 12 books on this subject, this is the only book I would buy at this time. However, a decent book for beginners is "Build Your Own ASP.NET 2.0 Web Site Using C# and VB" by Darie and RuvalCaba.I am a webmaster and a full time SQL Server and Visual C# programmer.
To say it is the best in its category is not saying a lot with what's out there. It is a good book but typical of something so large.Defining beginner can vary greatly. Having coded in VB6 and VBA (classis ASP) for 15 years or better I would be considered a beginner to .NET. And even tho examples are in C# locating the VB samples on the CD wasn't a problem.The problem I do have with the book is that there is more emphasis on using controls than actually coding. For instance, I prefer to code all of my database access because I can see it - nothing hidden within the control to deal with when debugging. He also left out a very critical part of coding, error handling and how to really use the web.config file. Some of his samples had a lot of web.config code that was not explained so the samples wouldn't always work without tweaking. Finding what needed tweaking took time.He does seem to know his stuff and there is a lot there. Some of it is beginning level but like a lot of books that have some beginning info, some important stuff gets left out when transitioning beyond. For example, creating a user login. What he gave was very simple. But how do you make those controls more robust. If you can't, then it's strictly beginner.
This book is not a "How-To" book by any means. There aren't any projects that are built in stages, the chapters don't build on each other and there isn't a tutorial attitude in the writing. What it is though is a great reference work, with examples and tips for every facet of ASP.NET 3.5. By nature, ASP.NET 3.5 includes ASP.NET 2.0 and this book has a solid rework of the author's ASP.NET 2.0 Unleashed content to match the 3.5 framework additions. As others have mentioned, it's a shame there wasn't room for VB code samples in the book, but they are on the CD and inclusion in the book would have created a tome that would give the mailman a hernia.I don't recommend this book to beginners -- I recommend this book to everyone. At least eventually. Once you start coding in the 3.5 framework you'll find yourself looking for a sample or a quick reference from this book on a daily basis. If you're just starting with ASP.NET you'll want a book that covers the basics of C#, and perhaps a tutorial ASP.NET book if you learn better that way, but if this book isn't your first purchase you should make it your second or third.
This is a great resource for ASP.NET developers. The book covers almost every single feature of ASP.NET. I especially like the presentation order. The author first starts with simple controls, then shows some advanced controls and by the end of Part IV of the book, you are ready to build solid ASP.NET applications based on .NET 3.5 using LINQ or ADO.NET and SQL Server, etc. But if you want more, chapters 19 and above are describing more advanced techniques. There were some minor code problems (Visual Basic code appearing when it should not) but this is such a minor thing that you do not notice it. Every single code sample has worked flawlessly which shows that the author spent some time running his code. I am not going to repeat the table of contents here because you can see it if you click Search inside this book.
I bought this book about 4 months ago, placed it in the shelf while i was learning the basics of C# and ASP.NET from other books. I just started learning from this book, and i realize that i shouldn't have wasted time reading all the other ASP.NET books. I am so pleased with this book. It is a huge book as you can tell it has over 1700 pages. It covers topics from the basic to most complex, so far i haven't encountered any errors. I hope to complete this book in 4 days time.The concepts are clearly explained, even my grandma wouldn't have trouble following.Thanks so much Stephen Walther for writing such a good book. I highly recommend this book to anyone regardless of skill level.