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2006-05-30

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The Recommended Books

The books that I would really recommend reading are:


ASP.NET and .NET Framework 1.1
An absoulte must read: either "Programming Microsoft ASP.NET" by Dino Esposito or "Essential ASP.NET With Examples in C#" by Fritz Onion. As a complementary read I would suggest reading "Developing Microsoft ASP.NET Server Controls and Components" by Nikhil Kothari and Vandana Datye. The last one gave me a very good insight on the life cycle of ASP.NET controls. It is especially valuable since there is currently no v2.0 edition :-(.
As for the basics of the .NET Framework, there are two books which you cannot live without and those are: "Programming Microsoft .NET" by Jeff Prosise and "Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming" by Jeffrey Richter in that order since the first one talks about all major features of the .NET Framework such as Windows Forms, ASP.NET, Remoting, Web Services and in doing so it does not go in to details. The other one details the inner plumbings of the .NET Framework describing the Intermediate Language, the Base Class Library. Especially good is the chapter on exception handling where the author talks a lot about best practices.


ASP.NET and .NET Framework 2.0
There are just few books I can recommend and those are: both Dino Esposito's books on ASP.NET: "Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 Core Reference" and "Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 Applications: Advanced Topics". The second of those books I have yet to read but knowing the previous works by Dino I'm pretty sure it will be a good one. The same is true for the "CLR via C#, Second Edition" by Jeffrey Richter which is a 2.0 version of his previously mentioned book.


While speaking about books there are of course other books than those dealing with computers. In this field I would strongly recommend reading the Dragonlance series - all books by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman and the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.

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