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  • Posted December 19, 2008

    Major shortfalls, but good read

    I know Haak is the man, but this book left gaping holes. The book mentions log4net, and that is about it. I bought the book to figure out how to use log4net and more advanced stuff as the emails sitepoint explained it would teach. I had blown through almost all the ms press books and could build some RAD (rapid app dev) junk sites but wanted to know how more advanced sites were put together in .net. This book and Mike Muriarchs books blow the basic MS Press books out of the water.<BR/><BR/>The foundations of the book were great. Detailed configurations and setups and how to trap odd errors and what to look for when trying to do something in a special manner. Some higher level discussions with web farm basics. <BR/><BR/>The cooler parts I was looking foward to it was a bit like following along a child with a new toy. Look at this, and it does this and umm over here..hey this is neat. No in depth explanations of the cooler stuff were given, 3rd party libraries like log4net and subsonic. Log4net is a bear to set up I guess, and subsonic was easy enough to figure out. <BR/><BR/>The examples in the book do get into some how to's when not following M$'s vision and how to accomplish real world tasks that win apps forms don't really do. Maybe the 3.5 book will be better. I May read it if I find it used or maybe in the B&N aisle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2007

    Easy to find an answer to your question

    I really enjoyed this book. The book is laid out in a question-answer format, so you can simply open to the topic you need to learn about, and get your problem solved. The book is well laid out, easy to read, and provides answers to some very realistic problems that ASP.NET developers experience constantly. The authors cover .NET framework basics (including generics), cover data access and data binding, and move into the page lifecycle with a discussion on data validation and state. The discussion continues into Ajax, working with .NET¿s email libraries, configuration, and performance, with a final discussion on more advanced topics. Because of how the book is laid out, the reader simply looks up a question. ¿How in the world do I read configuration data out of my web.config file?¿, there is a nearly identical question in the ¿Configuration¿ section, which takes the reader step by step through this process. Changes in ASP.NET 2.0 are highlighted, as well potential mistakes that might be made. All in all, this is a well organized, easy to read book that will allow developers to come up to speed quickly on ASP.NET 2.0. Developers who are new to .NET 2.0 (but may have experience with prior versions of ASP.NET) or developers who are new to .NET altogether with all find something of value in this book.

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