George Shepherd is an expert on the Microsoft .NET Framework and develops some of the industry's leading third-party .NET-based tools. He is the coauthor of several popular programming books, an instructor for DevelopMentor, a speaker at industry conferences, and has served as a contributing editor for MSDN Magazine. He's been programming with Windows since version 2.0, in the 1980s.
Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5by George Shepherd
Teach yourself the fundamentals of Web development with ASP.NET 3.5—one step at a time. With STEP BY STEP, you get the guidance and learn-by-doing examples you need to start building Web applications and Web services in the Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 environment. The author—a highly regarded programming expert, writer, and instructor—illuminates
Teach yourself the fundamentals of Web development with ASP.NET 3.5—one step at a time. With STEP BY STEP, you get the guidance and learn-by-doing examples you need to start building Web applications and Web services in the Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 environment. The author—a highly regarded programming expert, writer, and instructor—illuminates ASP.NET features through practical examples that help developers quickly grasp concepts and apply techniques to the real world. The book also includes a companion CD with code samples, data sets, and a fully searchable eBook.
For customers who purchase an ebook version of this title, instructions for downloading the CD files can be found in the ebook.
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Having read several Step by Step books and having appreciated the series for what it is--introductory, quick, hands on--this book was a huge disappointment. It is inconsistent with the Step by Step series because as early as Chapter 4 it covers advanced topics, such as creating custom controls, that the intermediate/advanced texts don't even consider until much later, if at all. It inexplicably does this without even covering the basics first. It's idea of the basicis is to cover some history and the inner workings of IIS. You can also tell that much of the book is simply a copy-and-paste from the previous edition. Screenshots of the samples still display the directory structure of the 2.0 edition, for example, so they do not match the included sample directories. There are also many errors, only a handful of which are listed in the errata. One glaring error is that the sample code will not install on Vista AT ALL unless you uninstall IIS first. Both the readme and the errata discuss this issue, but neither offers the actual resolution--the reader is left to figure it out on their own. There are countless little errors, sometimes it seems every page or so, where the author states to click this or select that, except this and that are not available where he states. He says to open a certain dialog, but gives no indication where the dialog can be found, etc. Prospective readers should also note that the requirements for this 'beginner' book are pretty steep: VS 2008 -NOT Express- and ISS chief among them. The book does state this so I have not rated on this point, but it should serve as another exaple of how the book does not fit the Step by Step genre. If you've read many programming books you know that most are mediocre, a few are great, and once in a while you get one that should have never made it past the editor. This is the latter. I usually sell, trade, or give away books that I have no use for, but I could only keep a clear conscience by sending this one for recycling.