One of the most powerful tools that a developer can use for validating data
is the regular expression. A regular expression makes use of pattern matching
to determine if an item fits within the definition of the pattern. Some
validation that might take many lines of code to validate can be simply
validated by building the correct pattern. However, many developers are put
off by the feeling that regular expressions are too hard to master.
Several months ago, I started reading a book called Regular Expression
Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach by Nathan Good. It became quite clear to
me as I began the first chapter that while the recipes were quite good, they
really applied to solutions in the Unix world as opposed to the .NET
universe. Wistfully I thought, wouldn't it be nice if Mr. Good came out with
a book that targeted regular expressions for the .NET developer? ... (more)
101 Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Applications
Buy this book! I know you haven't even read the review yet, but take my word,
if you are a VB.NET developer - particularly a beginning or intermediate
developer - then you are going to want to have this book on your bookshelf.
The book is divided into 16 chapters with 101 VB.NET applications grouped by
topics. The majority of the book deals with VB.NET in a client/server
environment, but there is some discussion of VB.NET in a Web environment as
well. These topics cover a great deal of information, such as: Working with
VB.NET Data acc... (more)
There are several authors of .NET books who not only know their material but
are able to present the information in a practical manner. One such author is
Scott Mitchell. This book is well written and is divided into four parts with
a total of 24 chapters. While the level of the book is directed at beginners,
it's a good refresher for more experienced developers who want to learn some
of the new features available in ASP.NET 3.5.
At the end of each chapter there are three valuable sections that the reader
shouldn't skip. There is a Q&A section where clarifying questions are asked ... (more)
It's quite clear from reading this book that Peter Gasston is very
knowledgeable about CSS 3 and, as he points out in the preface, this book is
a culmination of five years of work that he has spent writing about CSS3.
There is a clear order to the chapters. The earlier chapters are well
implemented and the items discussed there are used on a regular basis. The
final chapters are more speculative in nature.
The author takes a very methodical approach in the book. He covers numerous
topics in a clear and well-thought-out manner. He provides several examples
for each topic that is... (more)
The CSS3 Anthology by Rachel Andrews is subtitled instant CSS answers,
how-to's, and examples. This subtitle clearly explains the goal of this book.
The book consists of nine chapters. The first chapter is a quick review of
CSS. The other chapters cover major topics such as text styling, image design
elements, navigation, tabular data, forms and user interfaces, CSS
positioning basics and CSS for layout. The topics in each chapter are laid
out in the form of a question followed by one or more solutions and then a
discussion explaining why that solution was offered. Here is an exa... (more)