Book Review: Instant jQuery 2.0 Table Manipulation How-to by Charlie Griefer

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Sunday, May 26, 2013 8:34:11 PM in: Book Reviews
Talks about the book Instant jQuery 2.0 Table Manipulation How-to by Charlie Griefer

I recently got the opportunity to review the book Instant jQuery 2.0 Table Manipulation How-to by Charlie Griefer. Being a fan and heavy user of jQuery, I happily accepted the offer.

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Book Review: Professional Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2010 By Mickey Gousset et al.

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Sunday, August 01, 2010 2:33:44 PM in: Book Reviews

Ever since it was announced, Professional Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2010 was high on my list of books to read. I've been using Visual Studio, and team Foundation Server since the first releases of the products, but really needed to dig a little deeper in some of the core concepts. Because the Visual Studio 2010 release is quite large with lots of new features, especially in terms of ALM and TFS, I was on the lookout for a book that showed me what's new, and how to use it. It turned out that this book, by Mickey Gousset and others, is an excellent guide to many of the new features in Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010.

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Book Review: .NET Performance Testing and Optimization by Paul Glavich and Chris Farrell

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Wednesday, June 23, 2010 5:13:52 PM in: Book Reviews

I recently got the chance to review the book .NET Performance Testing and Optimization by Paul Glavich and Chris Farrell published by Simple Talk Publishing. Since I am usually a "performance aware" coder and try to think about performance right from the start, I was looking forward to this book with the hopes to learn a few new tricks, techniques and tools. Having read it now, I am not disappointed.

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Book Review: Testing ASP.NET Web Applications by Jeff McWherter and Ben Hall

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Monday, May 03, 2010 7:20:53 PM in: Book Reviews
When you think about testing an ASP.NET Web Applications you may be thinking about just a few topics. Maybe you're thinking about manual testing, where a tester goes through some scripts with a series of steps detailing the expected behavior of a web application. Or maybe you're a modern .NET developer, just making the move to the ASP.NET MVC framework, and have Unit Testing as the first topic that comes to mind when you hear the words Testing Web Applications.
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Book Review: Pro ASP.NET MVC Framework by Steven Sanderson

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Monday, May 03, 2010 4:06:01 PM in: Book Reviews
Initially, this book review about Pro ASP.NET MVC Framework by Steven Sanderson was going to be much longer.
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Book Review: Professional Enterprise .NET

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Sunday, November 29, 2009 10:58:02 AM in: Book Reviews
Prior to reading Professional Enterprise .NET by Jon Arking and Scott Millett, I read Scott's Wrox Blox titled "NHibernate with ASP.NET Problem–Design–Solution" which I found to be an excellent introduction to using NHibernate. If you haven't read that eBook yet, and you're interested in learning NHibernate, check it out at the Wrox web site; at a price of under 10 dollar, it's money very well spent. Considering Scott's writing style and the depth of information found in the Blox, I was having high expectations of the book Professional Enterprise .NET. Having read it now, I can say I am certainly not disappointed.
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Book Review: ASP.NET 3.5 Content Management System Development by Curt Christianson and Jeff Cochran

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Sunday, September 20, 2009 10:55:51 AM in: Book Reviews
Since I work a lot with ASP.NET and work in the business of Content Management Systems in my job as Technical Director at Dynamicweb, I was immediately interested when I saw the book "ASP.NET 3.5 Content Management System Development" from Packt Publishing. So I ordered a review copy hoping for a great book on ASP.NET and CMS. Having read the book now, I am quite disappointed.
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Book Review: Professional IIS 7 by Ken Schaefer and others

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Saturday, April 18, 2009 7:53:27 PM in: Book Reviews

People often ask me how I like Vista and whether I think it’s better than Windows XP or not. My standard reply is that I would have switched to Windows Vista for IIS 7 alone (I also do like many other Vista features, and thus prefer Vista over XP but that’s beside the point here). In my opinion, IIS 7 is in many respects a lot better than its predecessor IIS 6 which runs on Windows XP and Server 2003. Besides the many new features that IIS 7 brings, it has one big advantage over the version running on Windows XP: it allows you to create multiple web sites that can run at the same time. No more messing around with tools like IIS Admin Pro although it was extremely useful in working around the limitations of IIS on Windows XP.

But with a new release of a complex piece of software as IIS is also comes the need for more knowledge and background information of the product. This is where the Wrox book Professional IIS 7 written by Kevin Schaefer et al proved to be very useful.

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Book Review: ASP.NET 3.5 Social Networking by Andrew Siemer

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Saturday, February 07, 2009 5:44:47 PM in: Book Reviews
A while ago I was approached by Packt Publishing to see if I was interested in reviewing a copy of one of their books. The topic of the book they had in mind (ASP.NET 3.5 Social Networking) is closely related to my own work so I said yes.
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