Scott Hanselman

Professional ASP.NET 2.0 - Coming VERY soon!

October 7, '05 Comments [20] Posted in ASP.NET | Learning .NET | XML | HttpHandler | Web Services | Bugs
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Bill Evjen beat me to it, but it's true, the big Professional ASP.NET 2.0 book we've been working on for longer than you know is coming out in the next 2 weeks!

UPDATE: Madness! There's a sale on all Wrox/Wiley books at BookPool, and consequently you can pre-order our book for 50% off. Not sure how long that will last.

It's chock full of good information - well over a 1000 pages - and I think you'll enjoy it.

Here's the Table of Contents. I know that I hate buying a book when I only really need just a few chapters. We tried to pack a great deal of information into this book with enough broad strokes to make the beginner developer have to work at it, while the advanced developers still get valuable new details in each chapter.

Introduction.
1. Hello ASP.NET 2.0!
2. Visual Studio 2005.
3. Application and Page Frameworks.
4. ASP.NET Server Controls and Client-Side Scripts.
5. ASP.NET Web Server Controls.
6. ASP.NET 2.0 Web Server Controls.
7. Validation Server Controls.
8. Working with Master Pages.
9. Themes and Skins.
10. Collections and Lists.
11. Data Binding in ASP.NET 2.0.
12. Data Management with ADO.NET.
13. Working with XML.
14. Site Navigation.
15. Personalization.
16. Membership and Role Management.
17. Portal Frameworks and Web Parts.
18. Security.
19. State Management.
20. Caching.
21. Debugging and Error Handling Techniques.
22. File I/O and Streams.
23. User Controls, Server Controls, Modules, and HttpHandlers.
24. Using Business Objects and Interoperability.
25. Mobile Development.
26. Building and Consuming XML Web Services.
27. Configuration.
28. Administration and Management.
29. Packaging and Deploying ASP.NET Applications.
Appendix A: Visual Basic 8.0 and C# 2.0 Language Enhancements.
Appendix B: ASP.NET Resources.
Index.

It was tech-edited by such .NET luminaries as J. Michael Palermo who personally beat the crap out of me and made my chapters that much better. To all the editors, reviewers, and tech editors who responded to my IMs and 3am emails, and to my wife who put up with me up late for over a year, I thank you. To Bill and Devin, thanks for working so hard and including me in this project that we all started well over a year ago (and Bill nearly 2 years!) To Farhan and Srini who each contributed content and reviewed much, thanks for reviewing my code and for the opportunity to review yours.

I hope you guys enjoy it. We worked really hard.

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Friday, October 07, 2005 7:46:26 AM UTC
Dude, please change your feed picture back.. have you seen your feed in SharpReader??
Josh
Friday, October 07, 2005 8:02:44 AM UTC
Lovely to see you too! :P

That didn't take long. Switched back. Give it a sec to propagate.
Friday, October 07, 2005 8:12:22 AM UTC
Sweet! I'll look for the book at borders when it comes out....unless your giving "free copies" :-)
Friday, October 07, 2005 8:33:11 AM UTC
Sorry, didn't mean to offend... but I didn't want to get worrying looks from other guys in the office with me staring at your mug all day :)
Josh
Friday, October 07, 2005 4:15:25 PM UTC
So what build of VS was it written against? Nothing personal, I know the publishers want to be first to market, but I've been so burned in the past by books that had to ship before or at the same time as a product and so were written against prerelease code. Its not fair to the people who buy the book when the code doesn't work.
Friday, October 07, 2005 4:34:03 PM UTC
I'll jump in Andy ... I am also one of the authors on the book. I hear your concern as it is mine also when I buy books. We did take this into account. The last cycle went like this - our editor (just 2 1/2 weeks ago) gave us final PDFs of the chapters. We all had the latest builds (as of then) as well from Microsoft of VS and we tried our code against that. Some chapters had no changes and some had a few (like my chapter which includes info on the callback capabilities for which the interface changed a bit). I am feeling quite good about you have an error-free book beyond the silly mistakes we missed. Because of our last minute changes, you will also noticed that the book was just pushed back one week (from Oct 24th to Oct 31st), but I think people won't mind waiting one more week for a book that is corrected to work with the RTM. Hope that helps answer your valid fears on this.
Friday, October 07, 2005 6:17:56 PM UTC
Cool, as of this moment (of this comment) the book is ranked #1956 on Amazon!
Friday, October 07, 2005 8:33:19 PM UTC
How do I go about getting an autographed copy?

Saturday, October 08, 2005 5:32:52 AM UTC
I second to Jeremy
Sunday, October 09, 2005 6:20:19 AM UTC
Sounds like you two need to hop on the FreeMiniMacs.com banner at the top of this page ASAP..
Sunday, October 09, 2005 3:33:00 PM UTC
Jeff - Not a bad idea, but I just qualified for my mac and ordered it yesterday. :)
Monday, October 10, 2005 2:45:55 PM UTC
The description says examples in VB and C#, does this mean that every example is shown in VB and C#, or is it that some examples are in VB, and some are in C#? If the latter, what percentage are in each?

James McFarland
Monday, October 10, 2005 5:04:42 PM UTC
All the examples are in BOTH VB and C#!
Monday, October 10, 2005 5:26:43 PM UTC
> I just qualified for my mac and ordered it yesterday

And people said pyramid schemes were evil! ;)
Monday, October 10, 2005 9:50:35 PM UTC
Looking forward to your book. Also, thanks for the BookPool info. I was planning on placing the order through Amazon. You saved me a few bucks..
Tuesday, October 11, 2005 1:04:24 PM UTC
This is cruel and unusual punishment to leave people no choice other then rush to buy another of these red pulsating tomes of horror, sometiems mistakenly reffered as "wrox books". yet what choice do we have in this case? pre-ordered.
Max S
Tuesday, October 11, 2005 1:15:00 PM UTC
Max - you're scaring away my potential base! :)

If you don't like the book, it is helpful for fending off muggers. I personally beat a man to death with a copy just yesterday. Those 1300 pages come in useful.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005 1:39:20 PM UTC
wow. pre-ordering 2nd copy for dual-weild, and taking ambidexterity with next level. now just to remember what is the hit die of "rabid open source zealot" is...
Max S
Tuesday, October 11, 2005 6:47:15 PM UTC
Pre-ordered.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:40:23 PM UTC
It looks like you are aiming at getting around almost everything in this book by looking at the "Table of Content".

But as a danish guy working on some projects for use in different countries i need a little bit on localization.

Hey but i preordered it anyway ;-D
DanishDude
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