Active Server Pages for Dummiesby Bill Hatfield
With Active Server Pages For Dummies in hand, you'll become a pro at developing exciting, dynamic Web pages for the Internet or for your own company intranet. Using Microsoft's ActiveX Data Objects to access and manipulate database information simplifies the nightmare of online database management by enabling you to use down-to-earth commands and controls. And you can use Active Server objects to work with forms, access cookies, dynamically change the content of your HTML pages, share information among people visiting your site, and much, much more!
Active Server Pages For Dummies has a surefire way to perk up your Web sites, too: a bonus CD-ROM packed with all the source code from the book, Microsoft's latest Internet Explorer 4.01, HomeSite 3 (an HTML editor that works great for creating ASP pages), and Chili!ASP, an add-on that allows non-Microsoft Web servers to use Active Server Pages technology.
Stupid Is As Stupid Does
I find the "Dummies" and "Idiots" series thoroughly repugnant, and have always been resolved that I would never give any of these titles free publicity with a review. Each "Dummies" book spits in the reader's eye with the title on the cover, and then continues to insult the reader's intelligence from the first page to the last with inappropriate familiarity, dorky jokes and cartoons, lame puns, and hackneyed subheadings. Since when is the reader a "Dummy" or an "Idiot" just because he or she wishes to learn more about a topic? (Though I must admit that the book "Windows-95 for Dummies" did give me a few chuckles... the title had a certain inner truth that I'm sure was completely lost on the publisher.)
So here you find me, in an inexplicable turn of events, reviewing Active Server Pages for Dummies. To what shall you attribute this wanton betrayal of a deeply-felt credo, this spineless surrender to the forces of the Dark Side, this embrace of the precipitous decline of Western Civilization, this abandonment of the inmost self to the inexorable disintegration of traditional moral values? The main reason is that most of the other introductory books on Active Server Pages are so poorly written that a book called Active Server Pages for Dummies can actually look pretty good by comparison. As a consolation prize, it gives me an opportunity to bash the publishers about the ears a bit.
Aside from the obnoxious and sophomoric attempts at humor, this book is basically sound and delivers the most value among the entry-level books on ASP that I have encountered thus far. Programmers should bypass this book and go directly to Wrox Press's Professional Active Server Pages 2.0.--Dr. Dobb's Electronic Review of Computer Books
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