Murach¿s ASP.NET 2.0 Upgrader¿s Guide: C# Edition

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What’s new and how to use it! That’s what this book delivers if you’re a C# developer who wants to upgrade from ASP.NET 1.x to ASP.NET 2.0. In contrast to other books that present the ‘what’s new’ but ignore the ‘how to,’ this book uses complete business applications to show you exactly how to take advantage of all the new, work-saving 2.0 features.

That means you’ll get hands-on training in using: the new code-behind model that untangles aspx pages from their code-behind files; master pages, themes, and skins to standardize the look and feel of a site; data access features like the Access, SQL, and XML data sources and new bound data controls like GridView, DetailsView, and FormView; object data sources that let you bind to custom business objects so you can create true 3-layer applications without sacrificing the convenience of data binding; site navigation features that make it easier for users to maneuver through your site; login controls to authenticate users; profiles to keep track of individual user data between user sessions; web parts, the building blocks of portals that can be customized by the user; the MultiView and Wizard controls that let you create multiple views of a single page as the user adds or confirms data to save posting time; and more.

Beyond that, this book shows you how...and convert 1.x applications to 2.0 and warns you about the problems you’re most likely to encounter when converting. It shows you how to deploy your 2.0 applications to the production server. And it shows you how to use the new configuration tools to tame the every-sprawling web.config file.

The material in this book is based on Microsoft’s "Go Live" Beta 2 release of ASP.NET 2.0, so any changes in the final product should be minor.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890774356
  • Publisher: Murach, Mike & Associates, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents


Section 1 Introduction to ASP.NET 2.0
Chapter 1 What’s new in ASP.NET 2.0
Chapter 2 How to create an ASP.NET 2.0 application in Visual Studio 2005
Chapter 3 How to use master pages

Section 2 ASP.NET 2.0 data access
Chapter 4 How to use SQL and XML data sources
Chapter 5 How to use the GridView control
Chapter 6 How to use the DetailsView and FormView control
Chapter 7 How to use object data sources

Section 3 New ASP.NET 2.0 features
Chapter 8 How to use site navigation
Chapter 9 How to use the login controls
Chapter 10 How to use profiles
Chapter 11 How to use the MultiView and Wizard controls
Chapter 12 How to use themes
Chapter 13 How to use web parts to build portals
Chapter 14 New ways to work with pages and other new web controls

Section 4 ASP.NET 2.0 in practice
Chapter 15 How to migrate from ASP.NET 1.x to ASP.NET 2.0
Chapter 16 How to configure and deploy ASP.NET 2.0 applications 

Reference aids
Appendix A How to download and use the applications for this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2007

    It lives up to its billing!

    go through every nuance of the .NET 2.0 Framework or the major aspects, but still needing to be productive and do more than simple examples. The book, for the most part, uses good architectural design and employs best practices, and explains each lesson adequately. It's also a great read for those wanting to get going quickly with Visual Studio 2005. True to its name, this isn't a book for the first-time .NET coder, and is best suited for experienced programmers wanting a quick primer on the new features of ASP.NET v.2.0. The dominant aspects of the Framework are profiled, including web parts, personalization, master pages, data access, navigation and user profiling. (Although I would have preferred caching to have its own dedicated chapter, it was a nice touch to pepper the applicable chapters with proper use of the caching, Cache API, and database-level caching for SQL Server 2000 and 2005 where caching can help.) As such, it doesn't drill down into the particularities of any one feature on a granular level, but such detail cab be accessed from a thousands different MSDN pages, blogs, video feeds, etc. So, the book accurately does what it says it does: get you up to speed and ready to build cool web-based stuff with ASP.NET.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2005

    Must have for developers moving to ASP.NET 2.0

    Murach¿s ASP.NET 2.0 upgraders guide C# is a must have for developers moving to ASP.NET 2.0. The book covers all the important new features of ASP.NET 2.0. The chapters do an excellent job at explaining exactly what has changed, and what this means for the developer. For example, the chapter about the GridView explains how this will replace the DataGrid. Although the DataGrid will still be available, the GridView is the preferred and offers much more functionality. The book was very easy to understand especially since the material was broken down into very clear sections. After explaining a point such as Master Pages, the authors reinforced the ideas by including a summary of what they talked about. This was helpful because sometimes it made it much clearer seeing the concept in another manner. The code samples were easy to follow and will be helpful for any future code I write. The best feature of the book is the coverage of the new data sources. The authors cover XML, SQL, object, and Access data sources. In the object data source chapter the authors clearly illustrate how this new data source fits into a 3-tier design. This could be very helpful to developers looking to follow best practices. I would recommend this book for all developers, not just developers migrating to 2.0. After reading this book I can¿t think of any topics that the authors left out that I would like to see. I have seen a couple of books that have already come out for ASP.NET 2.0, and this one is by far the best one I have seen. After reading the book, I think this will be the only book I will need for ASP.NET 2.0 reference. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars!

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