Ding Dong.....

They're here....

My books have arrived!

I really like the new Wrox layout and typography. I hardly dare looking inside, afraid to find a mistake. I remember when I handed in my thesis years ago after months of hard work and a gazillion spelling checks, I sat in the train on my way home and read one of my own copies, only to find a spelling mistake in the foreword ;-)

Having learned a lot from that moment, I have gone through this book over and over again, so I am pretty sure the actual number of mistakes is as close to zero as possible....

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On Tuesday, March 16, 2010 4:37:42 PM Ane said:
Well done!!
On Tuesday, March 16, 2010 5:19:23 PM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi Ane,

Thank you.....

On Thursday, March 18, 2010 9:48:18 AM Luigi Zambetti said:
Is it possible to win a copy? ;-)
On Thursday, March 18, 2010 9:51:14 AM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi Luigi,

Probably not. Most have them have already been "tagged" by others and will be sent out today or tomorrow.

If I have any left afterward, I'll start a competition here.


On Friday, March 19, 2010 3:26:15 PM RAMANUJ BASU said:
Hi sir
  this is Ramanuj from INDIA
  i have a question
  What is a master page in asp.net ?
  plz reply....
On Friday, March 19, 2010 4:47:33 PM Imar Spaanjaars said:

How is this related to the topic of the book?

Anyway, a Master Page serves as a template for other pages. If you want to learn more, take a look here: http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-ASP-NET-4-C-VB/dp/0470502215/


On Wednesday, April 7, 2010 9:16:08 PM Someone said:
Why in the world would I choose your book and not someone else's???
On Thursday, April 8, 2010 6:52:32 AM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi there,

Why are you asking this question anonymously? Scared?

Anyway, you don't *have* to choose this book of course, by why wouldn't you? If you do, you'll find that it's an extremely useful guide to get started with ASP.NET 4 and that it shows you how to use many modern web technologies required to make functional web sites.

To see how many others perceived the 3.5 version of the book, check out the reviews at Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-ASP-NET-3-5-C-VB/dp/047018759X and see for yourself why you could choose this book.


On Friday, April 9, 2010 10:47:22 PM Someone said said:
Wow, calling me a scaredy cat will definitely make me want to buy one of your books.
And I was asking what makes this book appealing? Why is this book different from other books that would make me want to buy this book and not another book? I wasn't asking it in a negative tone, such as, "Why would I ever even think of choosing your book? It's probably horrible." I just wanted some reasons about what made it a good book. No need to be rude or boast.
On Saturday, April 10, 2010 7:13:14 AM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi anonymous,

I didn't want to be rude at all. However, the anonymity, the lack of a friendly "hi" or "bye" and the "why in the world" did indeed make your question sound like ""Why would I ever even think of choosing your book? It's probably horrible".

So, sorry if I offended you.

Are you still looking for reasons? Did you check out the book on Amazon?

On Saturday, April 10, 2010 8:48:35 AM Luigi Zambetti said:
Why should I choose this book than others? Why is well written, easy to read and follow, with clear and concrete examples, with many detailed explanations, with explanatory clear images and with a pagination exemplary and a layout to be taken as a model. As reasons can be enough?
On Saturday, April 10, 2010 10:40:22 AM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi Luigi,

Yes, those are all excellent reasons, thanks.

Another reason is the focus the book has. It doesn't bore you with endless list of details. Instead, it focuses on what you need to know to build useful ASP.NET web sites. It also digs deep into these things, showing you *how* things work, so you get a better understanding of the underlying technology.

On Friday, April 30, 2010 1:30:03 AM Nick Nelson said:
Bought it, followed it, loved it. You have the gift of explaining potentially complex subjects simply. You're a bit like the magician who dares to show the secrets of the trade.
Base page classes, hand coded pages........surely only 'geeks' can do this?
No, everyone can. Well done - a book that aims to share usefull knowledge and achieves its aim admirably.
Thought the ASP.NET 3.5 book was good but this is so much better.
On Saturday, May 1, 2010 9:26:43 AM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi Nick,

That's great to hear; thank you!

Do you feel the 4.0 book is adding a lot of value even though you already read the 3.5 edition?

On Thursday, May 13, 2010 5:30:00 PM Nick said:
Hi Imar,

Yes - it covers the Entity Framework and JQuery really well. Your detailed explanations of what goes on "under the hood" and the hand written data access sections convinced me to try out MVC 2, which I'm now completely sold on.

I followed your N-Tier series but in the end it all seemed to be trying to get webforms to fit into a pattern it wasn't really designed for.

So many thanks because your book got me onto MVC - not quite sure this was the effect you were after!

On Friday, May 14, 2010 3:43:03 PM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi Nick,

MVC is a great technology. Personally, I think both Web Forms and MVC definitely have a place in a web developer's toolkit....

On Monday, July 26, 2010 9:26:04 AM Fuad said:
Hi Imar,

I'm just starting out with ASP.NET, so what should i go along with .net 4 or 3.5.  I have your 3.5 book but if necessary i can grab the new one too. so i need suggestion from you because VS 2010 still in beta. waiting for your reply........

P.S: just for curiosity why you use the mathematical calculation at the bottom of the form and sorry I'm from Bangladesh & my English is not so strong enough like you so plz consider it. thx.
On Monday, July 26, 2010 9:44:44 AM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi Fuad,

VS 2010 is certainly not in beta anymore. It's been released in April 2010. So, I would go for the latest version; 4.0 in this case.

The calculation is to prevent automatic attacks on my forms by spammers.



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