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There are many ways to approach the presentation of a major upgrade to a software platform and how to address its various audiences. O'Reilly has decided that to get seasoned ASP.NET developers up to speed, it has added three new books to its Developer's Notebook series. The idea behind the series is to let existing developers "look over the super coder's shoulder" and capture this concept on paper. The notebooks are example-driven, aimed at developers, and enjoyable to work through. Each chapter is organized around a specific task with examples reinforcing these new ideas. The book I'm reviewing is ASP.NET 2.0: A Developer's Notebook Book. It has eight chapters for 300+ pages. The examples are in VB.NET 2005 but it's pretty trivial to modify them for C# 2005. The author Wei Meng Lee says his goal is to build on current knowledge and "only cover new stuff." (Differen... (more)

.NET Book Review: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Stored Procedure Programming in T-SQL and .NET

With the release of a major new version of SQL Server, it's incumbent on developers to take time to refresh and enhance their knowledge of this new version of T-SQL (Transact SQL) and stored procedure programming. The challenge is to find a good book that will cover the highlights but not give you a hernia in the process. Dejan Sunderic's book fits this bill. The book consists of 21 chapters and three appendices. The first 10 chapters provide a nice review of current and new features of the T-SQL found in SQL Server 2005. There is a review of the new SQL Server environment as well... (more)

Book Review: SQL Antipatterns

I never thought I would ever describe a technical book that I have reviewed as delightful but that is exactly how felt when I read the book SQL Antipatterns by Bill Karwin. The book's subtitle ‘Avoiding the Pitfalls of Database Programming' really summarizes the goal of the book in a nutshell. The book consists of 25 chapters divided into four distinct topics. Each chapter reviews a different antipattern. Mr. Karwin defines an antipattern as "a technique that is intended to solve a problem but that often leads to other problems." Each chapter starts off with a problem to solve or ... (more)

Book Review: Beginning C# Object-Oriented Programming

Beginning C# Object-Oriented Programming is a well-written book that meets the stated goals of its author: "The target audience for this book is the beginning C# programmer who wants to gain a foundation in object-oriented programming along with C# language basics." This book works on a lot of different levels. It gives the beginner a good feel for the software development life cycle (sdlc). It goes from cradle to grave in discussing the application design and implementation. The book starts by laying out the foundation for a sample application called the office supply ordering ... (more)

.NET Gotchas

You might be wondering what this book is all about. As the author explains, the dictionary's definition of a gotcha is "an unexpected usually disconcerting challenge, revelation, or catch". Mr. Subramaniam defines the gotchas in his book as "those things that pop up unexpectedly when you're programming in .NET. … In this book I focus on the .NET framework and features that have consistently exhibited behavior that was not obvious to me." Mr. Subramaniam explains that the purpose of his book is not just to explain how to use a technology "but how to use it well and do thing... (more)