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Posted January 11, 2010
This is a perfect book if you want to extend your knowledge in ASP.NET 3.5 SP1 it covers basically every single detail from server controls to Silverlight. it includes the PDF version of the entire book so if you have a windows mobile device or any other type of mobile device this is a plus because you can read it anywhere.
This book is full of great working examples (also included in the CD) I have tested several of these examples and they all worked for me, plus every single example is explained in a very detailed way in both languages (VB and C#). and if that is not enough, The CD also includes 7 PDF wrox blox (Covering ASP.NET, Silverlight, LINQ, AJAX, ETC..), The most interesting chapter for me is chapter 28, this chapter explains how to work with precompiled Bussiness Objects and how to use the COM within the .Net and also how to access them from ASP.NET code.
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Posted December 2, 2009
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I received the hardback version from my user group, Inland Empire .NET User Group, http://www.iedotnetug.org/sf/Index.aspx and http://www.iedotnetug.org/UG/ . This is the ASP.NET 3.5 Service Pack 1 Edition, so you know it is up to date for the latest usage in either Visual Web Developer or Visual Studio 2008. Code samples are shown in both C# and VB, making it easy for any DOT NET Developer to quickly get up to speed with this advanced technology for web development.
I started out with "Sams Teach Yourself ASP.NET 3.5 in 24 Hours" as my primer to learn the basics of ASP.NET web development. Once you have grasped the basics in that book, I'd strongly suggest you purchase "Professional ASP.NET 3.5 SP1 In C# and VB", written by Bill Evjen, Scott Hanselman, and Devin Raider, all of whom are expert .NET developers.
There are 37 extensive chapters, and 5 appendices covering topics such as "Working with Master Pages", which is a huge improvement on the old ASP Include files, which laid out headers and footers. A most important topic is how to handle data with ASP.NET web pages, with Chapters titled: "Data Binding in ASP.NET 3.5", or "Data Management with ADO.NET". The new SQLDataSource control makes data connection and access much easier than in previous versions of Visual Studio, allowing access to SQL Server, SQL Server Express, Oracle databases, ODBC and OLE DB data sources, as well as the SQL CE database. The differences between client-side and server-side validations are clearly explained. Validation controls are explained in Chapter 4. I have found it necessary to delve into validation controls in order to more clearly understand how to use them with the GridView.
Coming from Visual FoxPro development into .NET has been made much easier by having this reference book available to explain all the many aspects of .NET development.
Without doing much coding in either C# or VB, you can have a basic web site up and running in no time. With the help of this book and a little more work, you can develop secure and powerful websites for your customers.
I would suggest this book for the Beginner to Expert level. It's a huge read and will take time to get through it; if you are a beginner, it'd probably be best to get any project to start with, even if you have to do one for free, and just get started. Read the basic parts of the book you will need to get started and then refer to the more complex parts, as needed. You won't be disappointed.
This book makes software development fun again!