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Book Review: Murach's ASP.NET 2.0 Web Programming With C#
by Scott Waletzko | Published  05/02/2006 | .NET Framework .NET Newbie Book Reviews Visual Studio 2005 ASP.NET | Rating:
Scott Waletzko

Scott Waletzko has been an Information Technology professional and Windows / Web programmer since 1995, with experience in software development and architecture, network design and administration, and project and team management. Currently he is the the Senior Vice President of Technology at Intellisponse, as well as the President of Skystone Software / Echosoft Design Studios, LLC.

At Intellisponse, Scott is responsible for architecture and implementation of the company flagship software called Synapse, the first full-featured Web survey authoring tool for market research, enabling researchers to design, publish, and manage full-featured and logically complex questionnaires to the Internet without programmer interaction.

As president of Skystone Software / Echosoft Design Studios, LLC, Scott is developing a unique Web site content management system named Tempest, which will drive myBard.com and provide comprehensive Web site hosting and content management to anyone with a Web browser.

 

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Overview

ASP.NET 2.0 Web Programming With C#, written by Joel Murach and Anne Boehm, is a comprehensive tutorial that walks the reader through the basics of virtually every aspect of Web site programming in ASP.NET 2.0. The first half of the book is dedicated in part to programmers new to Web programming in general, or new to Web programming ASP.NET. The second half of the book delves deeper into more professional Web development techniques such as database access, SSL, user authentication and profiles, and even touching on Web services and reusable Web component design. Throughout, the authors do a good job of pointing out features that are new or specific to .NET 2.0, which makes this a valuable reference even for programmers with extensive ASP.NET development experience.

For every two pages in the book (it weighs in at nearly 900 pages) the content is repeated once in classic Murach style; the left-hand page is a detailed description of the concept being covered written in a conversational tone, and the right-hand page contains a recap of this discussion in bulleted-form, with screenshots and / or code samples. This layout is ideal for both novice and expert readers alike; beginners learn faster when a concept is restated / repeated, and experts can skim through the right-hand pages looking for content that is new to them.

The authors assume that the reader has a working knowledge of C# syntax (there is a VB version as well), but pretty much everything else involved in Web site development using ASP .NET 2.0 is explained in detail.

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