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Professional ASP.NET 3.5: in C# and VB

Scott Hanselman beat me to the punch, but come Feb 14th, our latest and greatest edition of the Professional ASP.NET book is coming out. The book has a ton of new content and was exciting to put together - but man, did it take some serious time to do (especially when all three of us have real jobs, kids, newborns, animals, etc to deal with). The book is big ... really BIG - 1728 pages, so it can serve many other useful purposes after you are done reading it! :)

The book description from the website is as follows:

Building on the revolutionary ASP.NET 2.0 release, ASP.NET 3.5 adds several key new developer features including AJAX, LINQ, and a new CSS designer in Visual Web Developer 2008. The dramatic reduction in code that developers realized from the more than 50 new server controls in ASP.NET 2.0 now allows developers the time to make their applications more interactive with AJAX, to work with data in their preferred language with LINQ, and to build visually attractive and consistent standards-based sites with CSS.

Professional ASP.NET 3.5 helps the experienced programmer put these new technologies into action. Greatly expanded from the original best-selling Professional ASP.NET 2.0, Professional ASP.NET 3.5 covers all the key technologies retained from 2.0 in new depth alongside the hundreds of pages of coverage of the important new 3.5 features. Written by 3 of the most well-known and influential ASP.NET developers who were highly praised by ASP.NET creator Scott Guthrie for their ASP.NET 2.0 books, Professional ASP.NET 3.5 is the book you’ll learn the language from and turn to day after day as you write web applications. And as always, Professional ASP.NET 3.5 features language examples in the book and in the code download in both C# and VB!

Key new coverage for ASP.NET 3.5 includes:

  • Thorough coverage of how to implement ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX and the ASP.NET AJAX Toolkit
  • An introduction to LINQ and many LINQ examples throughout the book side-by-side with the related SQL example to show you the differences between the two
  • Enhanced coverage of XML use in ASP.NET including the new XML Schema Designer Add-on, LINQ to XML, LINQ for XML examples, and XSLTC.exe, a command-line XSLT compiler
  • A new chapter on CSS design for ASP.NET and the Visual Web Developer CSS design tools
  • A new chapter on the ASP.NET lifecycle and architecture best-practices
  • Increased coverage of ASP.NET with SQL Server 2005 and Oracle as the databases
  • Coverage of enhancing your ASP.NET applications with Microsoft’s new Silverlight for stunning video and animation uses
  • Coverage of Scott Hanselman’s famous productivity tool picks for developers to help make you a more productive ASP.NET developer
  • Updated coverage of migrating applications for previous ASP.NET versions

Key coverage retained and improved from the ASP.NET 2.0 book:

  • The idea of the server control and its pivotal role in ASP.NET development
  • How to create templated ASP.NET pages using the master page feature
  • Techniques for debugging and handling errors
  • Ways to package and deploy ASP.NET applications
  • How to retrieve, update, and delete data quickly and logically
  • How to implement the cultures and regions features to localize your web site into multiple languages for different visitors
  • An understanding of how to use and extend the provider model for accessing data stores, processes, and more
  • How to keep track of your application's performance and health with monitoring tools

Who this book is for

This book is for experienced programmers and developers who are looking to make the transition to ASP.NET 3.5.

Currently, you will find that Amazon has it on sale at $32.99 and Bookpool has it at $34.50. I hope you guys enjoy the book - it was fun to write as there really are so MANY cool, new, and exciting features found in ASP.NET 3.5. You will really get a kick out of the new technology. Enjoy!

Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 4:25 PM | Back to top

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Great, I always pick up the latest version of your book, because it's very complete and reliable.

Are there any sections and/or content that were REMOVED from the previous Special Edition of the ASP.NET 2.0 book? I'd like to know if I can replace the old one, or if there is any reason to keep it. (Other than using it as a sturdy bookend!)

Left by Speednet on Jan 16, 2008 8:42 AM

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Removed? - yes - we removed the Mobile chapter though it will be avialable as a PDF download from the Wrox site. We were basically running out of room for the book binding to handle, so that chapter had to go. The other chapter that went out was the Visual Studio chapter as any tips or tricks in the IDE was put in the respective chapters. Hope that helps.

BTW - there are a ton of new chapters in the book - I'm excited to see it come out in production.
Left by Bill Evjen on Jan 17, 2008 11:35 AM

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hey i need to buy books on 2008 with framework 3.5.

before that can you let me know what all new features are there which can be used to enhance a website developed in 2005.

like - linq, WFF, WCF.

where can i get the webcasts for these?

Gagan Deep Gupta
Left by Gagan Deep Gupta on Jan 30, 2008 6:21 AM

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This book is terrific and each day I read it I keep learning new things (just started Chap. 16 on Site Navigation and am learning about the TreeView). My only complaint is the book weighs about 4 pounds and carrying it back and forth from work has taken its toll on my back. However, the knowledge is worth it

Thanks for providing this! I can't imagine the work invovled in putting something this extensive together...

By the way, I picked Professional ASP.NET 2.0 up based on Scott Guthrie's recommendation on Amazon. I'm so glad I did...


Houston, TX
Left by mgarrettdev on Feb 06, 2008 9:13 AM

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I want your book for education purpose
thank u
Left by Chandrashekhar Visave on Feb 13, 2008 4:12 AM

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I didn't get this version book in
Is there any availability to get it.Please,inform me.
Thanking you.
Left by sreeram on Feb 26, 2008 8:35 AM

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Thanks Bill,

Very well described. I have a project that i will have to start very soon, that has to use ASP.NET 3.5 and a lot of AJAX and i think i may have to buy this book.

It would be interesting to have details of integrating ASP.NET 3.5 with the ADO.NET Entity Framework.


Left by Malisa Ncube on Apr 23, 2008 7:01 AM

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This is very nice book. No other book can take its place because it has its own standard.
Left by Umesh Kumar on Jun 10, 2008 6:01 AM

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can you send mail about the price of this book and avilable places of this book in hyderabad,India
Left by mahesh on Dec 15, 2008 11:43 PM

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