ASP.NET 3.5 For Dummiesby Ken Cox
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Did you volunteer to create a Web site for the softball team? Is it time to take your small business to the next level and let your customers shop online? Well, you can relax! ASP.NET 3.5 makes creating a dynamic site faster and cleaner than ever before, and ASP.NET 3.5 For Dummies makes it easier.
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:
- Integrate data, track shopping cart contents, and whisk away bugs
- Create user interfaces with easy navigation
- Use the ListView control for sophisticated formatting
- Write LINQ queries
- Add a table to a database
- Create an event handler
- Take advantage of the drag 'n' drop feature that lets you write less code
- Put all the features to work to develop dynamic Web applications
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.
Meet the Author
Ken Cox has worked with Active Server Pages since the original version. He has done Web development for several industries and maintains a Web site at www.kencox.ca
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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.
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.
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.