SAMS Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 24 Hours
SAMS Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 24 Hours is a beginning programmer's guide to ASP.NET's basic features and syntax; however, it should be subtitled Using VB .NET. Although disappointing, the exclusive VB .NET focus of this book is not unusual - early ASP.NET releases from other publishers also focus on VB .NET. This probably reflects the cultural dominance of VBScript in ASP programming.
This is a pretty good beginner's book. There's the right amount of technical information, code walk-through, and practical advice, and the examples are practical and interesting. The book covers ASP.NET well, and if you are already an experienced VB programmer, this book will have you writing ASP.NET code quickly.
The one blemish of this book is its coding style. The UI code and application logic are intermingled in the examples. One of the new features of ASP.NET is the ability to separate UI code and application logic with the CodeBehind directive. If you're going to give novice programmers practical advice, teach them to make their ASP.NET code more readable and easily maintained with CodeBehind.
I recommend this book to novice ASP.NET programmers. The breadth of coverage is excellent. The 24 lessons take the reader from an introduction to ASP.NET and VB .NET through Web Forms, Web Services, ADO.NET, error handling, debugging, and localization. At just under $30, SAMS Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 24 Hours is a bargain.
- Glenn E. Mitchell II, Ph.D.
SAMS Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 24 Hours by Joe Martin and Brett Tomson, SAMS, http://www.samspublishing.com.
Cover Price: US$29.99