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Murach's ASP.NET 4 Web Programming with C# 2010
Author(s): Joel Murach and Anne Boehm
Published: 2011, ISBN 978-1-890774-61-5, 836 pages, 365 illustrations
Publisher (more . . .):   Murach




 Four out of Five Stars
  Reviewed: September, 2011
  Reviewer: Howard J. Cohen
       When I get a book to review that is an update from a previous book, I first check to see if it is only a book that adds a Chapter “What’s New in ‘xxx’ or is it truly revised throughout to present the material in a way that reflects the latest version of the subject matter. I then check to see what the professed purpose of the book is, who it is aimed at, and how well it meets both of these.

     "Murach’s ASP.NET 4 Web Programming with C# 2010" is the successor to "Murach’s ASP.NET 3.5 Web Programming with C# 2008." Both books are aimed at the novice web programmer with the purpose of getting the programmer up speed as quickly as possible.

     My answer to both of these questions is positive on both counts. Although a review of the table of contents would tend to indicate that Chapter titles and section titles are the same in both books, the material within has been updated and improved. A ‘newbie” can certainly become capable of creating websites using ASP.NET 4 and C# in short order within the first few chapters of this book. More advanced features and/or capabilities are added in a logical way building on previous chapters.

     One of the best features of the book is the style in which material is presented. The facing page contains full code not just snippets to illustrate the topic being covered. This allows the user to fully see how each feature is correctly implemented. It also serves as a reinforcement of each item presented if you read through both the main page and the facing page. This serves to clarify each topic in a very positive way.

     An excellent “Crash Course in HTML and CSS” is presented in Chapter 5 with good examples etc. This serves as an excellent foundation to understanding what is happening on both the server and client.

     Additionally Exercises have been added at the end of each chapter to ensure the reader can use the material presented in each chapter.

     The new features in ASP.NET 4 are mostly covered in a way that incorporates them at the most logical point in the book. Comparisons to earlier methods are shown etc. The main new feature that's covered is WCF services, the successor to web services in earlier editions of this book.
This book is also laid out in a very logical manner, allowing it to serve as a reference manual after initially using it for instructional use. The fully expanded table of contents makes it very easy to find any topic.

     Overall, I would have no trouble recommending this book to anyone who wanted to learn how to program in ASP.NET 4. My one reservation is that ASP.NET 4.5 will be released in the next few months and you might want to wait until the next revision of this book is published that includes those new features.
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