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"ASP.NET in a Nutshell, Second Edition": Spin Dynamic Web Applications into Gold

September 11, 2003

Sebastopol, CA--This is the year, analysts say, that most ASP developers will migrate to ASP.NET, Microsoft's latest generation technology for creating dynamic web applications. And why shouldn't they? "While it has a lot in common with its predecessor, Active Server Pages, ASP.NET is a quantum leap over classic ASP," explain G. Andrew Duthie and Matthew MacDonald in the preface to the second edition of their book, ASP.NET in a Nutshell (O'Reilly, US $44.95).

"ASP.NET in a Nutshell" guides .NET developers through the "quantum leap" beyond ASP by capturing all the new changes in detail. It's a concise, one-volume reference to everything you need to make effective use of ASP.NET. An invaluable resource that goes beyond the published documentation to highlight little-known details, stress practical uses for particular features, and provide real-world examples that show how features can be used in a working application, "ASP.NET in a Nutshell" is the definitive guide for developers of both applications and web services.

This book includes fresh information on application and web service development, custom controls, data access, security, deployment, and error handling, plus an overview of the class libraries. For developers who still use Microsoft's older ASP technology, this book also provides information for migrating to ASP.NET. Other new material includes the latest features and settings introduced in Version 1.1 of the .NET Framework, including support for mobile devices.

Duthie and MacDonald organized the material in "ASP.NET in a Nutshell" into three sections:

  • A fast-paced introduction to ASP.NET that examines topics such as building ASP.NET applications, developing web services, creating custom controls and user controls for maximum code reuse, debugging and handling errors, understanding ASP.NET security, and configuring and deploying an ASP.NET application

  • A detailed reference to the properties, methods, and events of the most frequently used ASP.NET classes which include the Page class and the new .NET classes, such as HttpApplicationState and HttpSessionState, which correspond to the intrinsic objects in classic ASP. Configuration settings in web.config are also documented

  • A Quick Reference to the types (the classes, structures, interfaces, delegates, events, and enumerations) found in web-related namespaces to the .NET Framework Class Library

Like other books in O'Reilly's "In a Nutshell" series, "ASP.NET in a Nutshell, Second Edition" offers the facts, including critical background information, in a no-nonsense manner. With its wealth of up-to-date information, "ASP.NET in a Nutshell" is a book that not only helps both professional and amateur web developers make the transition from classic ASP (or other web development technologies) to ASP.NET, but is also a manual they'll refer to again and again.

Praise for the previous edition:

"'ASP.NET in a Nutshell' provides a good quick reference to the fundamentals of ASP.NET, with excellent tutorials and 'How To's' throughout."
--Ben Newsome, SA Visual Basic Users Group, February 2003

"If you do any amount of ASP coding, you'll want to have a copy handy."
--David Harms, Clarion Magazine, November 2002

"This book is in fact the ideal migration path for someone who has had a good object oriented programming foundation but no ASP experience."
--Morgan Stanley Connectivity Global, September 2002

Additional Resources:

ASP.NET in a Nutshell, Second Edition
By G. Andrew Duthie, Matthew MacDonald
ISBN 0-596-00520-2, 998 pages, $44.95 US, $69.95 CA, 31.95 UK
1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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