March 8, 2002
Use O'Reilly's Programming ASP.NET to Create Web Applications with Unprecedented Efficiency
Sebastopol, CA--Jesse Liberty is unequivocal when describing the impact
of ASP.NET, the next generation of Active Server Pages from Microsoft.
"We believe that ASP.NET is the single most important technology to
come out of Microsoft since Windows 3.1, and will revolutionize the
efficiency with which programmers build applications for the Web."
Liberty and coauthor Dan Hurwitz have just published Programming ASP.NET (O'Reilly, US
$49.95). "When we finally got our hands on
ASP.NET, it so exceeded even our imagined ideal development
environment, we instantly committed ourselves to ASP.NET. We're not
going back, and you can't make us."
As the authors note in the book's preface, "The difficulty in ASP.NET
is only that it is so complete and flexible that there are many pieces
that must be woven together to build a robust, scalable, and efficient
application." Over two million programmers worldwide are developing
with today's versions of ASP technology, hands-down the most successful
web development tool. ASP.NET uses the full power of compiled .NET
languages like VB .NET and C#, rather than the interpreted script such
as VBScript, resulting in a significant performance boost. ASP.NET also
has a new Rapid Application Development (RAD) environment, which is
designed to reduce the time needed to create web interfaces.
Explains Liberty, "Programming ASP.NET is targeted at programmers who
are currently building web applications with ASP or other tools, and
other programmers who want to make the transition to building web
applications. While Programming ASP.NET assumes you are already
familiar with either C# or VB .NET, an experienced programmer should be
able to read this book without trouble." Coding examples are presented
in both languages, and are based on the released code, not on the beta
version--an especially important feature given the recent release of
Visual Studio .NET.
This book's concise treatment of ASP.NET basics and greater focus on
applications development targets experienced programmers and web
developers who want to quickly create ASP.NET applications.
Programming ASP.NET draws not only on the decades of programming
experience both authors possess, but also on the experiences of alpha
and beta testers to cover the topics most relevant--and problems most
troublesome--to web developers. The many short examples, rather than a
single, unmanageably large application, allow the widest range of
constructs, both valid and invalid.
Programming ASP.NET includes a detailed tutorial on Web Forms, which,
in conjunction with Visual Studio .NET, allows you to apply Rapid
Application Development techniques (including drag-and-drop control
placement) to web development. The book includes extensive coverage of
web server controls, HTML server controls, and custom controls, as well
as data access issues, such as using 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, and configuration and
If you use C# and Visual Basic .NET, Programming ASP.NET will teach
you everything you need to know to write web applications and web
services. Concludes Liberty, "It was our goal in writing this book not
to duplicate the documentation, which is excellent, but rather to
provide a map and a guide through the material, focusing on those
aspects of ASP.NET that are critical to building real-world
By Jesse Liberty, Dan Hurwitz
0-596-00171-1, Order Number: 1711
960 pages, $49.95 US, $74.95 CA
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