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October 6, 2003

"Programming ASP.NET, Second Edition":Build Web Applications and Services Using C# and VB.NET

Sebastopol, CA--ASP.NET, successor to Microsoft's Active Server Pages (ASP), is so complete and flexible that a web developer's main difficulty may lie simply in weaving the pieces together for maximum efficiency. The new edition of Programming ASP.NET (O'Reilly, US $49.95) by Jesse Liberty and Dan Hurwitz shows developers how to do just that. Updated for Version 1.1 of the NET framework and Visual Studio .NET 2003, the second edition of this bestselling .NET title shows developers how to create dynamic, data-driven web sites and services using both C# and Visual Basic .NET.

In "Programming ASP.NET, Second Edition," Liberty and Hurwitz cover everything readers need to know to be effective with ASP.NET. The book includes a comprehensive tutorial on Web Forms, which, in conjunction with Visual Studio .NET 2003, allows developers to apply Rapid Application Development techniques (including drag-and-drop control placement) to web development. The book includes extensive coverage of each type of server control, including web server controls, HTML server controls, and custom controls. New material covers creating ASP.NET pages for mobile devices.

Since most web applications and web services involve retrieving data and returning it to a client browser, "Programming ASP.NET, Second Edition" also offers extensive coverage of data access issues. These include topics such as using ASP.NET's list-bound controls, accessing data using the ADO.NET object model, and updating data with or without transaction support.

"Programming ASP.NET" also discusses such advanced topics as:

  • Caching and performance
  • Security
  • Configuration and deployment

Those who are already familiar with Active Server Pages technology will appreciate the in-depth focus and straightforward, easy-to-read approach for developing web pages and web services. Succinct, direct, and loaded with examples, "Programming ASP.NET, Second Edition" will help users at every level master ASP.NET without getting bogged down in the complexity of its features.

Praise for the first edition:

"The authors have written a great reference book on ASP.NET for use by both C# and VB.NET programmers. Unlike other reference books, it is not a list of classes, but rather a concise tutorial. Users at every level will appreciate this approach. I highly recommend this book to ASP.NET programmers."
--CompuNotes Issue #183

"'Programming ASP.NET' by Jesse Liberty and Dan Hurwitz is very succinct and very direct, very quickly yet still effectively explaining how ASP.NET works and how it does what it does. The book satisfies a growing concern from the .NET developer community, in displaying all of the code examples in both Visual Basic .NET and in C#, all compatible with ASP.NET V1...I don't normally use a ratings system, but if I did, this would have been 4.5 out of 5...This book is a 'must buy' for development enthusiasts."
--Jason Salas, .NET User Group of Guam, March 2002

"Suitable for most any programmer who wants to master ASP.NET with an eye toward real-world development, 'Programming ASP.NET' is an excellent resource that mixes good coverage of APIs with actual programming techniques and advice using Visual Basic .NET and C#. The combination places it in the forefront of currently available titles on ASP.NET. Written in part by veteran computer author Jesse Liberty, this book offers an excellent mix of coverage of important ASP.NET features that you will absolutely need to use for real-world programming."
--Richard Dragan, amazon.com, April 2002

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Programming ASP.NET, Second Edition
Jesse Liberty and Dan Hurwitz
ISBN 0-596-00487-7, 988 pages, $49.95 US, $77.95 CA, 35.50 UK
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