Review: ASP.NET 2.0 Black Book
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by Anand Narayanaswamy
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Inside the Book and Recommendations

The book begins with a basic introduction to ASP.NET 2.0 and then explores the development of an ASP.NET web application. It then delves deep into the aspects involved with Applications, State, Various WebForm Controls, Navigation Controls (TreeView, Menu, and Wizards), Validation Controls and Groups, Calendar, Ad Rotator, Login, Web Part and HTML Controls. The remaining chapters explore the usage of Databases, Master Pages and Themes, User Profiles, Web Part Framework, Caching, Application Globalization, Web Services, Development of mobile applications, Application Tracking, Management of web applications, Methods of extending and Securing ASP.NET 2.0 applications. The last two chapters examine the development of Web Standards compliant ASP.NET Websites and the future (now currently active) technologies such as Ajax.

A key feature of the book is that the authors have separated the content and demo examples for each chapter. Each chapter begins with a section In Depth which provides explanation of each property, method associated with the discussed content with the help of tables, and charts. This is followed by Immediate Solution which provides hands-on examples. The authors have provided complete source code in both VB and C# with relevant analysis and screenshots for each solution. I found that the authors have not discussed advanced topics such as Zipping and Unzipping files, Sending of E-mails with and without attachments and the usage of User Controls. I feel that the authors should also discuss the usage of MySQL databases in ASP.NET 2.0 web application as many authors do not cover these types of topics in regular books.

The authors have provided key emphasis to the discussion of WebForm controls shipped with .NET Framework 2.0. I would suggest the authors combine chapters 9 and 14 since both of them deal with Web Parts. The book includes five appendixes which examine the implementation of RSS and Atom feed, migrating ASP.NET 1.1 to ASP.NET 2.0, Visual Basic and Visual C# IDE and common classes in ASP.NET.

The final appendix showcases a complete project which demonstrates the creation of a data oriented website using some of the core features of ASP.NET 2.0 discussed on the book in a step-by-step manner. The book ships with a CD which contains the source code of each chapter and also that of the final project. I would suggest the publishers provide Visual Web Developer and SQL Server 2005 Express versions on the CD so that readers can install the required softwares instantly.

It is unfortunate that the original publisher, Paraglyph Press (now part of O'Reilly) has discontinued the supply of the book. However, as of the writing of this review, copies of the book are available from Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. I also found from Google that the book is available from other web sites as well.


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