October 13, 2004
"ASP.NET Cookbook": The Ultimate ASP.NET Code Sourcebook
Sebastopol, CA--Developers who want to create dynamic, data-driven web
sites running on Microsoft web servers have long relied on Active Server
Pages (ASP). ASP.NET is Microsoft's latest evolution of ASP. While ASP.NET
has a lot in common with its predecessor, this new technology takes
advantage of object-oriented programming to dramatically improve developer
productivity and convenience. Using the .NET Framework and Microsoft's new
object-oriented languages, ASP.NET brings the same rapid drag-and-drop
productivity to web applications that the Visual Basic programming
language brought to Windows applications.
ASP.NET also introduces web services, which allow developers to expose the
functionality of an application via HTTP and XML, so that clients on any
platform can access it via the Internet. ASP.NET is not merely an upgrade
of ASP; it's a quantum leap ahead. There are many benefits to using
ASP.NET, and one major drawback: the time developers must devote to
mastering this new web application technology. Developers find a remedy
for this in the new ASP.NET Cookbook (O'Reilly, US $39.95) by Michael A.
Kittel and Geoffrey T. LeBlond.
This collection of code recipes provides a wealth of plug-and-play
solutions to problems commonly encountered when developing ASP.NET web
applications. The coding solutions appeal to a wide range of developers,
from inexperienced to expert. For every problem addressed in the book,
there's a worked-out solution or recipe--a short, focused piece of code
that web developers can insert directly into their applications.
"The cookbook format is ideal for the topic of ASP.NET, particularly for
an audience of professional/corporate developers," note Kittel and
LeBlond. "It allowed us to focus exclusively on topics that are pertinent
to this audience. Readers can get their answers quickly and get back to
work. Most surprisingly of all, though, is that if a reader wants to take
the time to read through the book, he or she will get more out of the
ASP.NET Cookbook than any traditional tutorial--it's that comprehensive.
And there are a lot of good coding techniques and practices that are shown
in the book that we couldn't easily show in a tutorial or reference
without straying off point."
In fact, the ASP.NET Cookbook provides far more than just a wide range
of cut-and-paste code solutions. Each recipe is followed by a
discussion--including tips, tricks, and possible pitfalls--so developers
can learn to adapt the problem-solving techniques to similar situations.
"Our motivation for this book was simple," explain Kittel and LeBlond. "It
grew out of our frustration to find one like it. There are many good
general survey books on ASP.NET programming, but all too often they are
long on the new whiz-bang features of ASP.NET and short on the pitfalls
that can lurk behind them. Secondarily, they lack sufficient examples to
illustrate the inevitable trade-offs, examples that would allow you to
make an informed decision about whether to use one approach over another.
The ASP.NET Cookbook addresses these shortcomings by focusing directly
on problems readers are facing or are likely to face in the future. Using
a question-and-answer format, we make it easy for readers to skim for a
near match to their problem."
The recipes in the book run the gamut from simple coding techniques to
more comprehensive development strategies that even the most experienced
ASP.NET programmers will savor. This ultimate ASP.NET code sourcebook will
quickly earn the dog-eared corners and coffee rings that mark a web
developer's most valued resource.
Michael A. Kittel and Geoffrey T. LeBlond
ISBN 0-596-00378-1, 824 pages, $39.95 US, $57.95 CA
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