Pro ASP.NET 3.5 in C# 2008: Includes Silverlight 2


ASP.NET 3.5 is Microsoft’s principal standard for creating dynamic web pages on the Windows platform. Pro ASP.NET 3.5 in C# 2008 raises the bar for high–quality, practical advice on learning and deploying Microsoft’s dynamic web solution.

This edition is updated with everything you need to integrate Silverlight 2.0 and SQL Server 2008 into your ASP.NET applications. You will learn about Silverlight’s exciting features so that your ASP projects ...

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ASP.NET 3.5 is Microsoft’s principal standard for creating dynamic web pages on the Windows platform. Pro ASP.NET 3.5 in C# 2008 raises the bar for high–quality, practical advice on learning and deploying Microsoft’s dynamic web solution.

This edition is updated with everything you need to integrate Silverlight 2.0 and SQL Server 2008 into your ASP.NET applications. You will learn about Silverlight’s exciting features so that your ASP projects can be rich in visual flair and compelling to the user.

Seasoned .NET professionals Matthew MacDonald and Mario Szpuszta explain how you can get the most from this groundbreaking technology. They cover ASP.NET 3.5 as a whole, illustrating both the brand–new features and the functionality carried over from previous versions of ASP. This book will give you the knowledge you need to code real ASP.NET 3.5 applications in the best possible style.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430215677
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 12/23/2008
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1520
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mario Szpuszta is working in the Developer and Platform Group of Microsoft, Austria. Before he started working for Microsoft, Mario was involved in several projects based on COM+ and DCOM with Visual Basic and Visual C++ as well as projects based on Java and J2SE. With beta 2 of the .NET Framework, he started developing Web applications with ASP.NET. As developer evangelist for Microsoft Austria, he is doing workshops, trainings, and proof-of-concept projects together with independent software vendors in Austria based on .NET, Web Services, and Office 2003 technologies.

Matthew MacDonald is an author,educator, and MCSD developer who has a passion for emerging technologies. He isthe author of more than a dozen books about .NET programming. In a dimly-remembered past life, he studied English literature and theoretical physics.

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  • Posted April 23, 2009

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    Best ASP.NET 3.5 Book Available

    This third edition of the Pro ASP.NET 3.5 in C# 2008 book is an excellent reference and learning tool focusing on more advanced techniques of using ASP.NET 3.5. The author explains all their topics completely with very good examples.

    As a teacher myself, I always try to look for books that not only explain the "techn-jargon" from a technical perspective but also from a learning viewpoint so it can be understood by almost anybody. Of course you need to have a programming background to fully understand this book, but the author doesnt assume much knowledge by the reader apart from the basics.

    The topics covered are: Overview of Visual Studio 2008, Web Forms, Sever controls, ASP.NET applications, State Management, Data Controls, DataSet objects, Caching, Linq (new in 3.5), Creating User Controls, Deployment of your web application, XML, Custom Server Controls, Ajax, and much more.

    This book is great for either somebody wanting to futher enhance their ASP.NET programming background into more advanced topics OR somebody who needs a great reference book. Because as we all know, there is so much to learn about ASP.NET and .NET in general its imposssible to know everything. This 1300+ page book will go in your library and you will use it again and again.

    It is up to date with the latest verion of ASP.NET as well as including Silverlight 2.0 which is gaining popularity as an alternative to Adobe Flash.

    The book is worth every penny, so go out and buy a copy today!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2010

    Truly a One-Stop Resource for ASP.NET

    If you're an ASP.NET programmer at any level, looking for that "one book" you would want with you, if stranded on a desert island, this might be it. I'm a C#/SQL programmer, moving to website development, who has found this book useful both as a review or introduction to topics, and as a reference to use while actually programming. Even at full retail, this volume's 1,478 pages are a good value, in that it is exhaustive in what it covers on ASP.NET programming.

    The book is well-organized, starting with overview "Core Concepts" chapters, then offering multi-chapter segments on "Data Access", "Building ASP.NET Websites", "Security", "Advanced User Interface" and "Client-Side Programming". Segments are divided into chapters starting with basics, then moving into specialized topics. For example, the Data Access segment starts with chapters on ADO.NET fundamentals, data sets and data binding that are must reads, but you can then pick and choose among chapters on caching, files, LINQ or XML. I am reading basic chapters across segments to get an overall feel for the ASP.NET world, then I go back for the details needed to work on my particular website projects.

    The attraction of ASP.NET is that it takes the Windows Forms programming concept so many corporate developers already know, and applies it to website programming with Web Forms. The key concepts that make this possible are Automatic Postback and View States, which the authors introduce very early, thoroughly and clearly - it's a smart approach to lay in this critical foundation before branching into the actual development segments.

    Be aware that the word "Pro" in the book's title is meaningful. As the authors warn, there is an assumption in the writing and the sample code that you have some C# and .NET skills. If you don't, back up and find a book that can get you ready for this one; or if you're a VB.NET programmer, there is a corresponding Pro ASP.NET 3.5 in VB 2008 title for you to consider.

    The book's title says "Includes Silverlight 2", and there is a chapter that summarizes the basics of Silverlight and how it can interact with ASP.NET. I hope that the next edition of Pro ASP.NET (presumably for .NET 4.0, C# 2010 and Silverlight 3) expands on interaction between ASP.NET and Silverlight, as well as other emerging Microsoft technologies, such as ASP.NET MVC, ADO.NET Entity Framework and RIA Data Services. ASP.NET remains the main player among Microsoft web technologies, but how and why we use it with the newer stuff is not well-addressed in any books or even in many blogs that I can find. Meanwhile, this Third Edition of Pro ASP.NET is truly a one-stop resource for the world of ASP.NET today. I'm very pleased to have it by my side.

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  • Posted March 24, 2010

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    Pro ASP.NET 3.5 in C# 2008

    This book is intended as a primer for professional developers who have a reasonable knowledge of server-side web development. This book doesn't provide an exhaustive look at every ingredient in the .NET Framework in fact, such a book would require twice as many pages. Instead, this book aims to provide an intelligent introduction to ASP.NET for professional programmers who don't want to rehash the basics.Along the way youll focus on other corners of the .NET Framework that youll need in order to build professional web applications, including data access and xml. Using these features youll be able to create future generation web sites. To get the most from this book you should be familiar with the syntax of the c# language and with object oriented concepts. You don't need to have experience with a previous version of all the fundamentals are covered in this book. If you're an experienced java or c++ developer with no .NET experience, you should consider supplementing this book with an introduction to .NET.

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