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Stephen Walther’s ASP.NET 2.0 Unleashed is huge, comprehensive, and superb. It’s all you’d hope for from one of the world’s top ASP.NET coders. (And it’s not just us calling him that: Microsoft named him a Software Legend a while back, a title held by less than a dozen of the planet’s leading developers.)
You’ll find more than 1,500 pages of clear explanations and insight in this book, along with Visual Basic and C# code samples from every corner of ASP.NET 2.0 development.
The book’s organized to support ASP.NET developers on their journey from newcomer to guru. You’ll start by learning how to build individual ASP.NET pages; then broaden your expertise to designing and constructing entire sites. You’ll master ASP.NET 2.0’s data access tools, from the SqlDataSource Control to GridView, DetailsView, FormView, Repeater, and DataList.
You’ll learn how to build components, including data access components. Next, Walther drills down, helping you master navigation controls, including site maps. There’s a full section on security, too. By now, you’re ready for even more advanced techniques, and Walther delivers -- covering everything from extending the Web Part framework to building your own custom controls.
Of course, if it’s new to ASP.NET 2.0, it’s covered here: new controls, personalization improvements, Master Pages, and plenty more. All of the book’s code is provided on CD-ROM, together with Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2005 Express, which is surprisingly useful for a freebie.
One last note: this book’s so comprehensive, it may be quite a while before you need anything else. But when you do, there’s more Walther out there, including his ASP.NET Kick Start and his database chapters from ASP.NET Tips, Tutorials, and Code. Bill Camarda, from the July 2006 Read Only