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Microsoft .NET by Fergal Grimes

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<pre>Author/s : Fergal Grimes
Publisher : Manning Publications
Category : Other
Review by : Cindy Glass
Rating : 8 horseshoes
This was a fun approach to explaining .NET. He takes the SAME application and shows how to deploy it in 11 different architectures from a basic console app to a Web server-based ASP.NET version.
The author starts with an overview of what .NET is all about. He runs through the design and code for a small Poker application. The code is shown in C# - well he HAD to pick one language to work in. Then he shows how to deploy it with an ugly console interface. Next he adds in HTML display, and a then COM based version. After adding database persistance and showing reporting using XML and XSLT, he re-deploys the application in each of the promised versions over the course of several chapters.
The 30 page appendix was a great summary of enough C# for any java person (and probably any C++ or VB person) to follow the examples with ease. The examples were clear and easy to follow.
This book is very good on the "how to's" and a little shy on the "why's". More discussion on the benefits and pitfalls would have been good. Occasionally the book felt scattered from going down so many paths and adding in functionality all over the place.
There was a presumption that the reader is familiar with MicroSoft technology from ADO and ASP to Window Services.
On the whole this is a very good book to get a handle on what .NET is all about.
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[ March 19, 2002: Message edited by: Johannes de Jong ]
[ March 19, 2002: Message edited by: Carl Trusiak ]
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