Technical Product/Training Overview
ASP.NET Tips, Tutorials, and Code
Authors: Scott Mitchell, Steve Walther, Doug Seven,
Donny Mack, Chris Payne, Billy Anders,
Adam Nathan, Dan Wahlin.
The first thing one usually notices about software engineering books
with more than two authors is a presumed over-abundance and variety of
subjects incorporated within. The next obvious question is whether or
not they are all necessary. In this case, the answer was decidedly
'yes.' This is one of the first tutorials in a long line of ASP.NET
books from SAMS. Many things have changed in the new ASP.NET compared
to ASP. ASP.NET Tips, Tutorials, and Code is an excellent guide to most
of these changes.
As with any programming language, data structures and controls are the
first things about which you are taught. Chapters 1-5 cover the basic
coding techniques and user controls. It becomes increasingly evident
that the form input controls are very important when creating user
interfaces. Presenting data from XML files and databases are most
thoroughly presented in chapters 6-8 and they may required more than one
Debugging and error handling are essential to prevent your ASP
applications from crashing and these are subjects that are covered very
well in this offering. ASP.NET takes more time to deploy than the
standard ASP and the depth with which this is covered - i.e., deploying
and configuring - will cut your allocated time in half once you have
read through and analyzed chapters 11-12.
Integration of other programming languages into ASP.NET is one of the
primary changes from ASP so that now you can write VB code in your ASP
application in order to provide more functionality. There is even a
chapter on mobile controls in order to reach the wireless platforms, a
field that has the potential to eclipse the Internet as we know it
All in all, ASP.NET Tips, Tutorials, and Code addresses every aspect of
ASP.NET and I would recommend this book to any ASP developer seeking to
upgrade their web site(s) or any beginning developer wishing to add
server-side web pages to their web site.
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