SitePoint’s First ASP.NET Book!

By Philip Miseldine

If I was a politician, I’d have the opposition screaming “conflict of interest!” and I’d have to resign to spend more time with my family.

Luckily, I’m just a humble nerd, so if I speak about SitePoint’s Build Your Own ASP.NET Website Using C# & VB.NET I am but spreading an honest word about just how good this book is.

I’m not usually one for text books. I often find hacking away at Visual Studio, getting frustrated, but learning as I go is my preferred teaching method. I often read examples in books and instantly loose interest…oh great, another “Hello World” or “What is your name” script.

But, when I was given the opportunity to provide a review of SitePoint’s latest, I was struck by just how accessible the book was. I was interested in the examples, the analogies were refreshing, and even though I consider myself pretty well versed in .NET, I found myself learning some new tricks and approaches.

I often read books and ask “Yes, but why do that?” or “How can I use this in reality?”. I did the same with this book, yet it answered almost all my questions. C# Unleashed had a similiar effect on me, which I rate as one of the finest books around. But this book eclipses even that in my estimation. No mean feat!

I’ve heard people for a long while shout about the virtues of SitePoint’s books.. The PHP Anthology and the The Web Design Business Kit spring to mind. And now .NET joins that illustrious line, and very welcome it is too :)

Best of all, you can read the first few chapters online before you buy. Chapter 1 is available today on the site, or visit the book’s homepage to receive 4 chapters by email.

Meet the author
Philip is a Computer Science PhD student at Liverpool John Moores University. He's still not mastered guitar tabs, never finished Mario, and needs a haircut. He discusses life at
  • Firestorm2003

    Even though I don’t code ASP.NET – I’ve downloaded the smaple chapters to see what it is like.

  • Nikobass

    I must admit that the chapters are amazing. I’m a PHP coder since 6 years now and I guess I’ll switch to .NET soon… Because, this book not only shows you the theory behind the concepts, but the examples come from the “real world”. Not kiddy script… It’s not an extra book in my collection but a tool I’ll use everyday. It’s like having an encyclopedia in your hands for a cheap price. Furthermore, the writing style is very good and this book needs to be read…

  • wwb_99

    Looks pretty cool, with one fundamental flaw–from the sample it seems that it is taught to code in notepad. Ugh. Really should encourage use of VS.NET, as that makes work flow so much faster. And codebehind is the way to go.


  • davidjmedlock

    [QUOTE=wwb_99]Looks pretty cool, with one fundamental flaw–from the sample it seems that it is taught to code in notepad. Ugh. Really should encourage use of VS.NET, as that makes work flow so much faster. And codebehind is the way to go.

    Not everyone can afford VS.Net. I would never be able to if it weren’t for the fact that it’s provided by the company I work for. I might actually buy this one. Actually I’ve been thinking lately that I should pick up the whole SitePoint library. Someday when I have money, that is…

  • miseldine

    Think of it this way, everyone can afford Notepad, not everyone can afford Visual Studio. And if you have forked out the money for Visual Studio, you should be at the level of expertise to digest these examples within your projects.

    I’m very glad it does just show the code, makes it far more accessible to all :)

  • HarryF

    Congratulations Sitepoint!

    On the editor front, what about SharpDevelop?

    Times I’ve played with it, been impressed and it’s on it 0.99 release.

  • zakruvalcaba

    We could of also used Web Matrix. The problem with going the VS.NET or Web Matrix approach is that now not only do you have to go over installation of .NET, IIS, MSDE, Access, etc. but you also have to go over Web Matrix or VS.NET. In my opinion it would have made for a longer book where the reader is left feeling like “Man, I have to learn all this software before I even get started using ASP.NET.” Notepad got the nod because of its ease of use and let’s face it, who doesn’t know how to use it?

  • mrjones109

    Sounds good. If it’s like Harry Fuecks awesome PHP book, it should be great.


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