Sebastopol, CA--Interest in developing custom ASP components is growing
as programmers move to Windows 2000, making a second edition of
Components (O'Reilly US $49.95) a logical and
necessary step. "Much of component architecture has changed drastically
between Windows NT and Windows 2000," says author Shelley Powers, whose
book has been completely revised to cover the major issues of interest
to component developers running Windows 2000 and working with IIS 5.0
and ASP 3.0.
According to Powers, "We're seeing that interest in developing
components is enhanced, because of the compatibility between components
written for COM+ and Windows 2000 and the components written
specifically for Microsoft's new ASP.NET architecture."
Components focuses on components developed within the
Windows 2000/COM+ framework. Powers explains that ".NET is both a
successor and companion development infrastructure to COM+, with the
understanding that COM+ components are forward compatible within the
.NET infrastructure (in project or binary form)."
Powers also adds, "While folks are waiting for .NET to stabilize--they
can be creating their components within ASP/COM+ and rest assured that
the components should port to the new infrastructure when it releases."
As in the first edition of her book, Powers writes for the developer
who understands the need for and is aware of the complexities of
developing custom ASP components, however has not yet tried his or her
hand at it.
The first portion of the book explores the topics that are needed for
effective ASP component development. Because developers find
themselves using more than a single language tool, the balance of the
book focuses on ASP component development implementing a variety of
languages. According to Powers, "This book is unusual in that it
covers one subject--writing components for ASP--using five different
programming languages: Perl, Basic, Pascal, Java, and C++. There's
Components will help the reader develop components for
the ASP/COM+/Windows 2000 (and ASP.NET) environment using the reader's
language of choice. The book provides a thorough guide for the
developer who has worked with one of the target languages/tools, but
has not created COM objects before, or has not worked with developing
ASP components or ASP applications.
What the critics said about the first edition:
"For the developer wanting to create their own ASP components, this
book provides an excellent starting point and technical reference
resource. It's accurate, readable and well organized. Looking at the
errata lists on the O'Reilly web site exposes the high level of
accuracy and attention to detail that have gone into this book. Almost
all of the corrections are in the further reading sections that
accompany each chapter and most are changed URLs (which is more a
reflection of the problems associated with the web than the quality of
the book) What more can be said, if you are serious about writing your
own ASP components, take a look at this book."
--Dave Rutlidge, Cvu, February 2001
"Provides a good introduction to ASP components to those familiar with
VB, C++ or Java and their respective IDEs. It's a practical tutorial
that extends ASP and brings you up to speed quickly and painlessly."
--fatbrain.com, Aug 1999
"This is THE ASP book of 1999. Lucid, detailed. Great for beginners,
full of substance for experts. Component building in 3 languages:C++,
Java, and Visual Basic. Microsoft Transaction Server covered
beautifully as well. Find out why Charles Carroll calls Shelly Powers
the component goddess."
--Charles Carroll, www.activeserverpages.com
Developing ASP Components,
By Shelley Powers
2nd Edition, March 2001
ISBN 1-56592750-8, 864 pages, $49.95 (US)
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