- Release Date: 29 December, 2003
- Collectible Price: $39.99
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Authors: Chris Ullman, John Kauffman, Chris Hart, David Sussman
Customer Rating: 3 of 5 (11 total reviews)
- Great if you don't have Visual Studio
Not a bad book. I would recommend this tome to anyone who has not yet been exposed to Visual Studio, because the book assumes you don't own a copy and teaches you using Microsoft's Web Matrix. Although Web Matrix is a powerful tool, Visual Studio is far easier to work with in the long run (and promotes better coding practices as well).
The general format and layout of the book is classic Wrox. I own many Wrox books and have substantially enhanced my IT career with these books and highly recommend most of them. This book is no exception and is definitely a beginner's book, covering all the basics and then going in-depth into a few nuts and bolts (but never getting too technical).
I recommend this book to brand new programmers. Classic ASP programmers should pick up the MS Press book ASP.NET Programming with VB.NET, Step By Step.
- Does NOT use VB.NET 2003
I am amazed that Wrox (AKA Wiley Publishing) would title a book in such a deceptive manner.
Purchased the book and first thing I did was read "What you need to use this book?" - it clearly states "You do not need Visual Studio.NET in order to use this book." Instead - they expect you to download something called a Web Matrix...
Sure - it uses the .NET framework 1.1 but to me, and I am sure the vast majority of developers, if one sees "with VB.NET 2003" they are not expecting to be taught how to write code in Notepad...
Wrox - You have disappointed me
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I almost didn't buy this book, because the reviews I had read of it here on Amazon were absolutely hideous. But, the price was right and it covers the subject(s) I need to know, and I had been satisfied with Wiley books before (see "Big Java"). Anyway, I'm on Chapter 5, and I would just like to state that, yes, there are mistakes, typos, you name it. Do they degrade the book's quality? Not in the slighest. This is already one of the best computer book purchases I have ever made. The only complaint I have about it is that it's a little dry--yes I know it's a Computer Science book, but still. But as far as the editing goes, it's not that bad. It's fairly easy to understand what they're saying, and in the few places there's a line that doesn't belong there, you can check on it, cross it out, move on with your life. This book is great, and despite what I have also read here, knows its target audience well--and its audience is old-school static HTML developers. The examples are great, the explinations thorough (sometimes too thorough). This is a great, inexpensive book for someone looking to learn both ASP.NET and VB.NET at the same time.