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Are you sick and tired of long technical manuals that act more like a sleep aid than give you a digestible way of understanding something? Well…ME TOO! I have spent a gazillion hours explaining ASP.NET in an understandable way to web designers and programmers alike.

I’ve jam-packed a gazillion hours into this easy-to-read book so that someone who can’t quote the value of Pi out to the 412th decimal place from memory can easily use Microsoft’s new exciting web technology called ASP.NET.

Seriously, though, I’ve tried really hard to explain ASP.NET and its complexities in a way that everyday people like you and I can understand. I make every effort to take the complexities and give everyday (sometimes silly) examples and parallels to how ASP.NET operates. I’ve found that if you give people metaphors that are easy to understand, and then tie them to features or aspects of ASP.NET, it’s much easier to grasp.

So, pour yourself a glass/cup of your favorite beverage, fluff up the old reading chair, and dig on into this page turner. You won’t be sorry.

Who Should Read This Book

Are you are a web designer, experienced or just starting? How about a programmer moving from Traditional ASP or any other programming language to ASP.NET? Do you HATE big fat books about technology that demand you shut your brain off from all other activities so that all your processing power can be devoted to attempting to understand what you are reading?

In other words, if you want a book that teaches ASP.NET in plain English, then this book is for you. (Buy two—it’s twice the fun.)

Who This Book Is Not For

This book isn’t for someone who is currently reclining in a big chair, clutching a café latte in one of the giant bookstore chains with the intention of reading it from cover to cover without paying for it. Oh, it also isn’t for someone who already has an advanced understanding of ASP.NET.


I’ve tried desperately to organize this book in a simple and progressive fashion so that as you make your way through the book, you are being fed tidbits that will help you to understand what is about to follow.

In Part I, I lay some of the required groundwork that will help you understand ASP.NET’s personality and how to talk to it. I cover paradigms, languages, and concepts so that you have a good understanding of some of the base things you need to move forward with ASP.NET.

In Part II, I investigate the members—the participants, if you will—of ASP.NET and how to interact with them. I go through Server Controls, List Controls, Data Controls, and so on to build your vocabulary so that you can speak (and write) the language. Between the first section’s foundational information and this section, you are now ready to move into more advanced concepts.

By the time you get to Part III, you will be well-versed in ASP.NET’s concepts to the point where you can get into advanced data manipulation, site personalization and identity, security, and XML integration. After finishing this section, you will have all the tools you need to conceptualize and build some very complex web applications.


This book is hardly conventional, but there are a few things to note before you move on. A lot of the book is in plain English where I banter on, explaining things about ASP.NET, but because this is a programming language, there are TONS of code examples. I use a few different techniques to make reading and comprehending code easier.

  • The code blocks have been separated from the text for easier reading and appear in a monospace font.

  • A code continuation character, , appears at the beginning of code lines that have wrapped down from the line above it.

  • All code examples are in two languages: VB.NET and C# (pronounced C Sharp). This is clearly delineated before each code block for easy reference.

  • The code that I want to focus on is highlighted in bold.

  • In more complex code examples, I have written comments right within the code examples to explain key factors about the code.

Relax, and I hope you enjoy. I can say I’ve certainly enjoyed writing ASP.NET for Web Designers, and I hope you find it helpful as you venture into the depths of ASP.NET.

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