First ASP.NET (C#) Book Recommendations? RRS feed

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  • User1309008292 posted


    A few years back I was learning C# I really liked the language but due to work and time limitations I stopped using it, I'm hoping to get back into it starting from the basics again. Could anyone recommend an ASP.NET book (focused on using the C# language in the samples) so far I had been looking at:

    ASP.NET 3.5 Unleashed (Hardcover)
    Professional ASP.NET 3.5: In C# and VB (Programmer to Programmer) (Paperback)

    I believe both of these have the samples in C#? Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong and I'm open to any other book suggestions.

    Thanks in advance! [:)]




    Monday, June 2, 2008 8:37 PM

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  • User711226119 posted

    Hi, Absolutely that is a great book...but if you want  only the book for C# then go for Professional C# 2008 which is also on .net framework3.5 version.


    Hope it will help you.

    Tuesday, June 3, 2008 1:48 AM
  • User-556181317 posted

    Markus, I'll vote for ASP.NET 3.5 Unleashed.  Stephen Walther's first ASP.NET book was (I *think*) the first "Unleashed" book published by SAMS and was a sensation, spawning an entire line of "Unleashed" titles.  I bought it after seeing all the buzz about it, and it became a bible for months as I learned the new .NET world.  He had a remarkable talent for boiling a concept or issue or problem down to a page or three, with code.  You could read it end-to-end, but you could also pick it up again and again to get over a hump and be off and running again within minutes.

    I bought the 3.5 edition a couple of months ago.  The author's talent for precisely and efficiently nailing issues and challenges you'll bump into regularly in day-to-day development is still there.  And virtually ALL of the code in the book is C# (VB code is on the accompanying CD).

    Except for its weight (it's almost 2,000 pages, weighs nearly six POUNDS!) I have no complaints.  Well, maybe one.  I may be unusually thick but even this book, of the four I have that offer coverage of it, has not yet made me understand LINQ.  However it's the LINQ examples from this book that have let me move forward with my projects, even though I don't know WHY I'm doing what I'm doing.


    Wednesday, July 9, 2008 8:00 AM
  • User-1705717250 posted


    I have to say that you should read both books, both are very good books and I would say read Unleashed first then follow up with Professional asp.net book as it has some great tips and tricks in it.

    Oh yes both have sample code in C#, take a look at http://www.superexpert.com/AspNetUnleashed/default.aspx 

    Hope it helps

    Thursday, July 10, 2008 7:48 AM