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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developing Microsoft ASP.NET Server Controls and Components
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Nikhil/Datye, V. Kothari, Nikhil Kothari, Vandana Datye
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Excellent Explanation on Controls

This book is an invaluable tool for the novice or experienced developer. I especially found the "Nuts and Bolts" section to be very complete. Their explanations of what really happens behind the scenes really helped me understand this technology. Nikhil and Vandana have outdone themselves.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Web Navigation: Designing the User Experience
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jennifer Fleming
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Excellent first-half, but disappointing case studies.

Contrary to some of the reviews posted here, I found the advice in this book very worthwhile. The first half makes a promising venture into the uncharted territory of navigation design for the Web, and is particularly good where the process of Web development is concerned. In many ways, I felt that chapter to be even better than David Seigal's superb book on the subject.
The second half is, as far as I am concerned, padding to make this book look bigger than it is. The analysis of sites like Amazon.com (yawn) and IBM (yawn) is deeply unenlightening, and pedestrian. The sites chosen are very 'missionary position', and there's not much more to be learnt than by just browsing them yourself.
Overall, I'd recommend this book for all Web architects, particularly experienced ones who will appreciate the lucidity of the first half. But purchase it knowing that it's a quick read that really only starts the project of illuminating the rules of navigation structures.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: C# and the .NET Platform, Second Edition
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
I'm perplexed by the positive reviews

Very nice book... I know more about .NET now... this is that I like and searching.
Get it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming ASP.NET, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty, Dan Hurwitz
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Beginners Only

I am a big fan of O'Reilly titles, however this book is not one of the better ones. The code examples are lengthy and always (unnecessarily) provided in both C# and VB.NET. Some of the more interesting topics like security are glossed over. This is a thick book and I would expect it to include some discussion of Web architecture with .NET, performance issues, and when to use client side processing. The second edition has a fair number of misprints and typos. On the plus side, it gives thorough explanations of web controls and basic processing, and is a good introduction to ASP.NET.