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Book Review: "Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition: Build a Web Site Now!"

In my opinion, the popularity of a technology depends on its cost, ease of use, documentation and resources available to learn about it. The easy availability of information through blogs, webcasts, books and community forums "decrease the barriers of entry" & provide a great deal of confidence to programming enthusiasts & professional developers.

The free Microsoft Visual Studio Express products are a set of cool tools for code enthusiasts who wish to build Windows and Web applications targeting the .NET Framework. For folks new to application development with the .NET Framework, the Beginner Developer Learning Center (BDLC) and the e-books from Microsoft Press that can be downloaded at no cost on registering the Express products, are good learning resources to start off.

Jim Buyens' Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition: Build a Web Site Now! is the e-book from that collection which familiarizes the reader about key features in ASP.NET 2.0 and the Visual Web Developer 2005 Express IDE. The book focuses more on the declarative aspect of programming with ASP.NET 2.0 and covers the following across 18 well paced chapters:
  • ASP.NET 2.0 Programming Model
  • Visual Web Developer 2005 Express IDE
  • Master Pages & Themes
  • ASP.NET 2.0 Navigation Controls - Menu, Tree View, Breadcrumbs
  • Connecting to SQL Server 2005 Express
  • Data Controls - GridView, DetailsView
  • Login Controls
  • Web Parts

Some prior experience with developing websites is required to understand the topics covered. The code that the book references and the last 2 chapters have to be downloaded separately.

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