Review: Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0: Core Reference
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Published: 31 Aug 2006
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Teemu Keiski reviews Microsoft Press book titled Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0: Core Reference, authored by Dino Esposito.
by Teemu Keiski
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When Microsoft released ASP.NET 1.1 in 2003, Microsoft Press published Programming Microsoft ASP.NET, authored by Dino Esposito.  The book is known for its definitive and great in-depth coverage of ASP.NET 1.x internals.

With ASP.NET 2.0, Dino and Microsoft Press have refined the strategy and this time the entire coverage of ASP.NET 2.0 platform has been separated into two books, Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0: Core Reference and Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 Applications: Advanced Topics.  This review is about the former.

The book is meant for developers already familiar with the basics of ASP.NET and it intends to cover features that an ASP.NET developer wants to know about in ASP.NET 2.0.

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Title: What a great book!   
Name: Bilal Haidar [MVP]
Date: 2006-11-18 10:28:04 AM
Hello Teemu:
I was reading in the book right now and being an author at, I came online to submit a proposal to give a review on this book, but I found yours :D.

This book is a master piece! I am waiting to finish thisone and start with the advanced one!

Title: Re. Totally agree   
Name: Steve Culshaw
Date: 2006-10-29 6:49:12 AM
The Programming ASP.NET is by Jesse Liberty, not Juval Lowy
- the thought of Lowy doing an ASP.NET book :-)
Title: Dino's style   
Name: John Nelson
Date: 2006-10-27 4:39:05 AM
The thing about this book is that Dino isn't JUST a luminary on the subject of, he's a superior writer. The fact is, not even a year ago I was coming out of pretty basic PHP school, when I picked up this book. While there's no real coding example in the first book, the book gave to me not just the fundamental understanding of 2.0, but to think in web application. Rather than HTML/Business Logic/Data Layer all on one crappy PHP page. The factor that Dino's writing got me engaged. It was the first computer book where I read it from front to back. And enjoyed it. He's dryly witty, and enthused on the subject. That's more valuable than some one who will offer you more detailed knowledge, and have poor language. I mean, the missing details we can do Google searches on the subjects. It's the incentive to want to get to that stage. I'd dare say that because of this book, my skill set has gained into at least a junior OOP n-tier developer with in the span of less than a year. There were many other books and blood sweat and tears that came to be, obviously. But those other books wouldn't have pushed me down the road...So, I think there's more to look here than just the technical information.

However, I think the separation of the two books came from Dino's personal life. Look at the tone from the one book to the next. The first one is not as personable, and text book like at times. Where as the Advanced topics has a major credit to his family, children and the topic of getting back to sports. Also, there's a way more "fun" edge to the advanced topics book, with good code samples.
Title: Totally agree   
Name: Scott Galloway
Date: 2006-08-31 11:14:02 AM
I totally agree, to me it felt as if the Core and Advanced books are really just one big book which have been split for no good reason (well, one good reason you make more money that way..). I recently picked up 'Programming ASP.NET' by Juval Lowy and Dan Hurwitz and I have to say, it's a far superior book to Dinos two combined. The only comparable book I've seen so far is ASP.NET 2.0 Unleashed...which is very comprehensive...just HUGE.

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