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Posted September 20, 2009
Many examples did not work
I know C# and am pretty familiar with much of the .NET framework, and even have some experience with ASP.NET. Yet, I could not get many of the examples to work as described in the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I was able to get most of the examples to work from Chapters 1-3, but I had to give up completely on Chapter 4. Nothing in Chapter 4 worked for me. Fortunately, Chapter 5 was much better, but I still had to do too much tweaking to make them work close to as described. I gave up on the book during Chapter 6.
I have had really good luck with many of the Dummies books, but this one is horrible. If I hadn't lost my receipt and kept the book too long I would have returned it. As it is, I'll probably use it to start campfires. It was that bad.
Much as I enjoyed the author's writing style and overall presentation, I have a feeling this book was written with a pre-release version of Visual Studio 2008. Overall, the book is a waste of hard earned money and limited time.
Posted September 14, 2008
Incredible boost up the learning curve.
Ken Cox's book is a 'must-have' for every novice launching into the brave not-so-new world of ASP.NET. The neophyte is introduced to the arcane SQL Server world through realistic hands-on, and useful, examples of the sorts of tasks important to persons looking to learn and use the power of ASP.NET and SQL. The introduction to Language Integrated Query (LINQ) should be of interest to even experienced users. Also, Ken's prompt responses to even the most naive struggles of a new-comer are immensely helpful. I recommend the book to all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 21, 2008
Excellent ... more than a starting point.
If you're new to ASP.Net 3.5 this is a great starting point. The book starts quick, gets to the point, and moves on to real-world, relevant examples that will be useful for almost any code project you try to work on. Ken's website (with a questions forum) is very useful and Ken is very good about prompt feedback.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.