As I was reading Pure ASP.NET, a statement made by Dan Appleman in his recent book Moving to VB.NET: Strategies, Concepts, and Code kept popping into my mind.
Appleman alludes to how, for many years, the documentation that shipped with Microsoft tools was of such low quality that many authors made a lucrative living by writing books that replaced help files and manuals. When it comes to .NET, however, Appleman goes out of his way to stress that the documentation shipping with the SDK is of unusually high quality. He even goes so far as to say that a developer would be well served by reading the docs and tutorials before spending money on .NET books.
Appleman's statement kept coming up as I read Pure ASP.NET because a lot of information in this book is also covered by the .NET docs.
Although not ground breaking, there is some useful information in this book that provides a somewhat different perspective to the docs. However, there are at least two other titles on the market that are more valuable: Professional ASP.NET and ASP.NET Tips, Tricks, and Code (both were reviewed in the premiere issue of asp.netPRO - Ed.).
- Thomas Wagner
Pure ASP.NET by Robert Lair and Jason Lefebvre, SAMS, http://www.samspublishing.com.
Cover Price: US$44.99
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