Murach's ASP.NET Web Programming with VB.NET / Edition 1

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As the publisher, I’d like you to know the reasons why I think you’ll learn how to develop web applications with Microsoft ASP.NET faster and better from this book than any other on the subject:
  • Unlike many of the competing ASP.NET books, this one shows you how to get the most from Microsoft’s Visual Studio .NET as you develop your applications. We’ve found that this Integrated Development Environment is one of the keys to development productivity, but many books ignore or neglect it.
  • To show you how all of the pieces of a web application interact, this book presents 23 complete applications ranging from the simple to the complex. This includes the forms, the code, and whatever else is needed to give you the complete picture of how the applications work. As we see it, the only way to master web programming is to study applications like these. And yet, you won’t find them in most other books.
  • All of the applications in this book use the code-behind programming technique to separate the application’s logic from its presentation details. Although this is one of the most important ASP.NET programming techniques, most ASP.NET books treat it as an afterthought.
  • If you page through this book, you’ll see that all of the information is presented in "paired pages," with the essential syntax, guidelines, and examples on the right page and the perspective and extra explanation on the left page. This helps you learn faster by reading less...and this is the best reference format for refreshing your memory about how to do something.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890774202
  • Publisher: Murach, Mike & Associates, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xv

Chapter 1 An introduction to ASP.NET web programming
Chapter 2 How to develop a one-page web application
Chapter 3 How to develop a multi-page web application
Chapter 4 How to use datasets and cookies
Chapter 5 How to test and debug an ASP.NET application

Chapter 6 HTML essentials for web programming
Chapter 7 How to work with server controls
Chapter 8 How to use validation controls
Chapter 9 How to manage state
Chapter 10 How to develop user controls

Chapter 11 An introduction to relational databases and ADO.NET
Chapter 12 How to work with ADO.NET data commands
Chapter 13 How to use datasets with bound and unbound controls
Chapter 14 How to use the Repeater, DataList, and DataGrid controls

Chapter 15 How to secure a web application
Chapter 16 How to create and use web services
Chapter 17 How to develop custom server controls
Chapter 18 How to use Crystal Reports in a web application
Chapter 19 How to use email, custom error pages, and back-button control
Chapter 20 How to deploy ASP.NET web applications

APPENDIX A How to install and use the software and downloadable files for this book
APPENDIX B Coding and syntax conventions

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2005

    God Awful

    Horrible book that spends 0 time explaining the code you are writing. It gives you a brief overview of what the page will do and slams you with the code. It would be a great book if I just needed something to copy off of. When they do explain the code, which is rare, they expect that you know what their talking about...Come on we told you in a paragraph or two what the page will do, you should just know what we are talking about. With all the ASP.NET books out there, I'm telling you do not purchase this book. Terrible piece of garbage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2004

    Great book for teaching ASP.NET

    As a teacher of ASP.NET, I have tried several textbooks. I always like a textbook that supplements my teaching rather than dictates it. Murach's ASP.NET does just that and is an excellent book for teaching web programming because of its format.<br><br> The left-hand page explains a particular concept while the right-hand page illustrates the concept with code snippets that are easy to understand. My students get frustrated trying to sift through long sample programs to find the few lines of code that illustrate a given point. With Murach's code snippets, the code is easy to understand.<br><br> The authors also use code-behind instead of embedding code via the ASP.OLD style. Not many books do that, thus giving this book a rich, more modern approach to the way ASP.NET programming should be done.<br><br> The more I use this book, the better it gets.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2004

    Recommend ASP.NET book for ASP.NET newcomer

    I make no secret of being a fan of Murach books. This is the 3rd Murach book I have read and it doesn't disappoint. Murach books have a distinctive feel about them because of the way they are layed out. Every left hand page is a narrative and every right hand page contains diagrams and bullet points relating to the narrative. This is a format that works for me, especially in the more involved chapters where the narrative can be read and then the important points revisited on the facing page. These bullet points are also useful for using the book for reference in the weeks and months after initially reading it.The book uses IIS as the web server, MSDE as the database and the Visual Basic IDE as the development environment. The format of most chapters is to introduce new topics or expand on topics previously introduced and then towards the end of the chapter show how these concepts are used in the example web application the book uses. Pros The space in margins for making notes. The print is clear and there are plenty of diagrams and figures to supplement the text. The format of the book. The availability of a full working web site featured in the book that can be downloaded from Murach¿s web site The information in the book is accurate with the few errors being highlighted at Murach¿s web site. Cons The book exclusively deals with developing ASP.NET using Visual Studio and does not cover developing ASP.NET applications using Web Matrix Sometimes the points made were a little labored and could be more succinct. No reference was made to objects such as request.servervariables. Conclusion Overall the pros easily out weigh the cons. This book is ideal for someone looking to learn ASP.NET from scratch with no previous ASP, HTML nor database experience. However, ideally a basic knowledge of VB.NET is required before tackling this book. This book is all about getting a basic grounding rather than a detailed look `under the hood¿ at how ASP works. Initially this book is certainly more of a tutorial book than a reference book but I have found that since reading it through cover to cover I am referring back to individual topics and the use of the right hand page for bullet points and figures makes it very usable as a reference tool too. I would have no problem recommending it to any new comer to ASP.NET.

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