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First, you’ll get an introduction to all the tools and terminology you need to understand ASP.NET. If you’ve used earlier versions of ASP.NET and Visual Web Developer, you can ...
First, you’ll get an introduction to all the tools and terminology you need to understand ASP.NET. If you’ve used earlier versions of ASP.NET and Visual Web Developer, you can probably skip that part and jump right into what’s new in 3.5. You'll make friends with LINQ and SQL, create sites in Visual Web Developer 2008 Express, and much more. Before you know it, you’ll discover how to:
The softball team is going to love that Web site, and your customers might enjoy shopping on your site so much that you’ll have to expand your business to fill all the orders! We can’t promise that, of course, but we’re pretty sure that ASP.NET 3.5 For Dummies will make creating Web sites easier and a lot more fun.
Part I: Getting to Know ASP.NET and
Visual Web Developer 7
Chapter 1: Understanding Microsoft’s Web Technologies 9
Chapter 2: Getting Up and Running 21
Chapter 3: Creating a Useful ASP.NET Site 37
Chapter 4: Managing Data and Other CRUD 47
Chapter 5: Handling User Input and Events 61
Part II: Immersing Yourself in Data 75
Chapter 6: Fetching and Presenting Data with SqlDataSource 77
Chapter 7: LINQ as a Data Language 99
Chapter 8: Using LINQ to SQL and the LinqDataSource 121
Chapter 9: Creating and Consuming Diverse Data 143
Part III: Enhancing the Interface and
User Experience 163
Chapter 10: Common Elements: Style Sheets, Master Pages, and Skins 165
Chapter 11: Adding Navigation with TreeView, Menu,
Breadcrumb, and SiteMap .179
Chapter 12: Web Standards, Page Layout, and Usability 193
Chapter 13: Designing the ListView and Other Templated Controls .207
Chapter 14: Dynamic Effects, Images, and Rollovers 223
Chapter 15: Enhancing Pages with the AJAX Control Toolkit 239
Chapter 16: Creating and Displaying Rich Content 255
Part IV: Tracking Users, Controlling Access,
and Implementing Security 271
Chapter 17: Site Security Using Authentication and Membership 273
Chapter 18: Creating a Shopping Cart with Profiles 291
Chapter 19: Validation in Depth 315
Part V: Getting the Bugs Out and
Handling Runtime Errors 331
Chapter 20: Debugging and Tracing Pages 333
Chapter 21: Avoiding Crashes by Handling Exceptions 349
Chapter 22: Ten Tips on Deploying Your Web Application 365
Chapter 23: Ten Tips to Success with ASP.NET 379
Posted September 20, 2009
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.
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
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
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.