Programming Microsoft ASP.NET
||Author: Dino Esposito|
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Publisher: Microsoft Press (11 June, 2003)
Sales Rank: 9,042
Average Customer Rating: 4.15 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
Dino does it again
Once again, I have to admit that I have a strong bias here... I read Dino's articles in MSDN religously, and love his stuff. I bought his book based on his name alone and as I expected, it's great.
The style of this book is exactly the same as his stuff in MSDN. If you aren't familiar with it, I mean that advanced users will love it b/c it's always interesting and practical, but if you are a newbie, it's clear and understandable so it'll be great for you too.
If you aren't an ASP.NET developer, then there's a lot to learn. ASP.NET represents a fundamental shift in thinking (what in .NET doesn't?) but if anything, it's much simpler and intuitive than ASP ever could be. I've played with all of the code in this book and everything compiled and worked as expected. The examples are all things that you'll probably confront in your day to day development and Dino gets right to the heart of the issue.
He's unquestionably one of the greatest minds in .NET and he is a superb communicator. One of the best features of this book is that it never gets boring and it never skips important details that leave you wondering how to do what he's talking about. I know this sounds petty, but coming up with real examples that aren't silly or overly complex (and always relevant) takes a lot of skill.
If you don't read his articles in MSDN - then start, you'll be glad you did. If you don't own this book and want to learn ASP.NET, But it - you'll be glad you did.
Rating: 2 out of 5
I purchased this book based on the rave reviews it has gotten, but have been grossly let down. Although the author seems to be knowledgeable on the topic of .NET internals, his explanations and book structure are reflective of someone who just wants to show how much he knows, not help you learn. Additionally, good examples are severely lacking.
This book is not a good learning book, and at best a mediocre reference book.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Pretty good, but I prefer the o'reilly
I found the book to be generally decent all round. But find myself picking up the o'reilly more often.
I guess I'd like the book if I hadn't seen another. I bought the book because I assumed that a MS Press book should have a lot of detail. However I found that it went over the basics well but didn't offer a lot of detail. I feels like the book expects you'll be looking up MSDN for detail. Also, even though there is a "real life" section in the book, I found that the examples, while decent, didn't offer as much insight into the practical use of things like controls. I'm not a very creative person and examples that go a little beyond the literal use of a feature helps a lot in giving me insight into the many ways I can use it.
Like I said, decent book. I'd like it if I didn't have something to compare it against.
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