Ged Mead (XTab) is a Microsoft Visual Basic MVP who has been working on computer software and design for more than 25 years. His journey has taken him through many different facets of IT. These include training as a Systems Analyst, working in a mainframe software development environment, creating financial management systems and a short time spent on military laptop systems in the days when it took two strong men to carry a 'mobile' system.
Based in an idyllic lochside location in the West of Scotland, he is currently involved in an ever-widening range of VB.NET, WPF and Silverlight development projects. Now working in a consultancy environment, his passion however still remains helping students and professional developers to take advantage of the ever increasing range of sophisticated tools available to them.
Ged is a regular contributor to forums on vbCity and authors articles for DevCity. He is a moderator on VBCity and the MSDN Tech Forums and spends a lot of time answering technical questions there and in several other VB forum sites. Senior Editor for DevCity.NET, vbCity Developer Community Leader and Admin, and DevCity.NET Newsletter Editor. He has written and continues to tutor a number of free online courses for VB.NET developers.
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Overall, this is a well written, comprehensive and useful beginner's guide to ASP.NET 2.0. The quartet of authors have melded well and the authoring joins between chapters are virtually seamless.
The use of the Wrox United site provides a very effective canvas for the authors to draw on and help the reader to follow and work with the examples. Wherever possible they have demonstrated methods and approaches using this (almost) real world Wrox United scenario. The underlying quiet humour in some of the Wrox United demo site material also helps to lighten what can be a bit of a slog at times - some level of brain pain being unavoidable for most of us with a major topic of this size.
I have several Wrox books, some going back a while. Some are much better than others when it comes to their readability and coordination. This one is right up there with the best. If you have some programming experience, but haven't attempted to delve into ASP yet, then you will find this book very useful to bring you up to speed with the latest incarnation of the language - ASP.NET 2.0