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We’ve never seen ASP.NET distilled as neatly as it’s done in CodeNotes for ASP.NET. The authors have cleared away all the fat and focused entirely on the meat. Their explanations, while brief, anticipate the questions you’re likely to ask and the obstacles you’re most likely to encounter. Their sample code’s equally concise, readable, and useful. And, in less than 250 pages, they cover nearly every corner of ASP.NET.
The book begins with just enough coverage of the underlying .NET Framework to help you understand ASP.NET’s power (but no endless paeans to Microsoft). There’s a quick, intelligent introduction to the Web Forms paradigm and Visual Studio .NET. Next, the authors cover the entire development process: building controls and forms, debugging, tracing, caching, configuration, and deployment.
CodeNotes for ASP.NET contains crisp introductions to authentication, and to crucial migration and legacy code issues. There are, however, two key omissions. You’ll only find a paragraph on mobile controls. More important, while you’ll learn many techniques you can use in building web services, there’s little coverage specific to them (no SOAP or WSDL, for example).
One feature deserves special praise: This book’s superb companion site. Wherever there’s a topic that cries out for more coverage, chances are you’ll find an eight-digit pointer to additional information at CodeNotes.com. These pointers connect you to additional code and controls, alternative ways to accomplish your goals, and genuinely useful web links. They add immense value to a book that already offers outstanding value for the price. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.