The detailed contents list is as follows:
Part I: Planning a Web Site.
Chapter 1: Getting Started.
Chapter 2: Creating a Web Site.
Chapter 3: Configuring a Membership Site.
Chapter 4: Creating Master Pages.
Part II: Building Your Web Site.
Chapter 5: Creating Web Pages.
Chapter 6: Designing with Styles.
Chapter 7: Working with ASP.NET Controls.
Chapter 8: Easy Site Navigation.
Part III: Personalization and Databases.
Chapter 9: Using Personalization.
Chapter 10: Using Themes.
Chapter 11: SQL Server Crash Course.
Chapter 12: Using Data in Web Pages.
Part IV: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 13: Ten Terms to Make You Look Smart.
Chapter 14: Ten Alternatives to Being Helpless.
Appendix: Publishing Your Site.
What’s on the CD-ROM?
You can view Chapter 1 of the book in PDF format by following this link to the Wiley web site. (I'm not totally convinced that this particular chapter is the best example of the strengths of the book. It does demonstrate the author's easy to follow style and lack of pretension, but I would have liked you to be able to see just how detailed and clear some of the more technical chapters are. )
In particular, you would have been able to judge how the author succeeded in the book's aims which the publishers list as follows:
Explains how to harness "drag-and-drop" tools that build on the popularity of ASP.NET, offering Web designers an easy introduction to the new Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Framework.
Shows novice Web developers step by step how to create powerful ASP.NET Web applications
Explains how to access databases through Data Source controls, design site navigation, build interactivity, and much more
This book is aimed at readers with no previous experience of creating web pages or developing web sites. In my view, its advantage is that it sticks firmly to the "low road" in that the author hasn't felt the need to (in his own words) " ... wander off into irrelevant product comparisons or advanced topics ..."
If you are a beginner in this field and want to get a feel for the basics of creating web pages and websites before delving into the more complex areas of .NET coding then this relatively small, relatively inexpensive book should meet that need perfectly.
Of course, it is unlikely to be your only web development book if you plan to move beyond the very basic almost out-of-the-box projects, but what it does cover it covers very comprehensively and very clearly. In particular, the author goes to some trouble to include many safety nets in each chapter. "Tips" and "Remember" items are inserted throughout the book in places where the uninitiated or unwary reader might get confused or caught out.
Again, the author is totally clear in what he sets out to do: "Another key ingredient of this book is its coverage of things that most other resources assume you already know. In fact it's Okay if you don't already know them. Everbody has to start somewhere and website development is tricky enough without having to fight a feeling of being left out. You won't get 'Sorry, you didn't learn our secret language umpteen years ago when we did so you can't play."' Here, just about everyone gets to play."
My verdict: For its target audience it succeeds admirably in its aim to help beginners build dynamic data-driven web sites.