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I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while and finally did!! Don’t let the title fool you, it could have been “Modern Object Oriented development with .NET”. In the context of improving an existing active project (brownfield) this books walks you through separation of concerns, isolating dependencies, test driven development and many other concepts in a very practical and easy to understand way. They also cover many of the political, cultural and personality issues you will face working with ......

If you have not looked at Murach’s books you should! They have a very convenient format, geared for training with two facing pages, the left with text and the right with an example with lists and descriptions. This book should get someone started on HTML and basic web pages, it covers html through some javascript and into simple website design and deployments. For me not much was new but I did pick up a few things including a better understanding of CSS floating div’s and how to use them. Another ......

I just got done reading "Effective REST Services via .NET" by Kenn Scribner and Scott Seely. ISBN-13: 978-0-321-6125-7 I've been hearing a lot about restful services and have absorbed the basics by osmosis but always like to read a book to cement the ideas more clearly. This book does a good job of that but goes a few steps further. A few things I particularly liked were: - Review of http and how the internet works, things I don't pay much attention to any more! - While presenting "pure" restful ......

I’m luck to be surrounded by talented people including Jonathon King, former Sun Sentinel reporting, now fiction writer who lives near by and frequents Bru’s room across the street for lunch. All of his books are based in South Florida so besides the always interesting stories, it’s fun to know the locations and in some cases even the people that are mentioned or referred to. His latest is a bit of a diversion into a historical novel based mostly in Palm Beach / West Palm beach revolving around Henry ......

Long past due is a review of Julie’s book, Programming Entity Framework, ISBN 978-0-596-52028-1 Julie adopted Entity Framework early on, from before it was even available to most MVP’s. This book is a reflection of that involvement with the product and the product teams over the past few years. This 23 chapter, 750+ page book covers a lot of ground and provides a great reference book for almost everything entity framework related. The first few chapters introduce the framework and will give you a ......

Sams - ISBN-13: 978-0-672-33007-0 by Adam Nathan This is a nice book in a number of ways... fairly short, limited scope, nice color pictures and full of great tips that could save you some time. Adam covers the basics of Silverlight 1.0 which is pretty straight forward and will give you a good handle on what it does and does not do. Even though Silverlight 2.0+ is of more interest to most of us, this is a great way to start! A bulk of the book is about basic XAML as implemented in Silverlight 1.0. ......

I've just finished reading asp.net Ajax in action by Alessandro Gallo, David Barkol and Rama Krishna Vavilala. ISBN-10: 1933988142 My philosophy about javascript can be summed up in one word "yuk!" I keep hoping that the need to learn javascript will pass as the tools catch up and extend the .net dev environment to the browser client. This is happening with much better tools for debugging and deploying javascript in vs 2008. Still i'm a curious person and am embarrased to admit how little javascript ......

This is a thick (819 pg not including the index) "Training and Reference" book by Anne Boehm and Doug Lowe. If you are serious and especially if you are starting with only a little knowledge, going through this book and the examples from end to end will give you exposure for anything you might need to develop a website with .net. It does not assume that you even know any html and goes through the basics of web page life and server interactions. The book uses a shopping cart example and site to illustrate ......