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This review is about the book ASP.NET 2.0 MVP Hacks and Tips. Published by Wiley Publishing, Inc on end May 2006. 7 MVP's decided to put their knowledge together and create this book. The MVP's are: David Yack, Joe Mayo, Scott Hanselman, Fredrik Normén, Dan Wahlin, J. Ambrose Little, Jonathan D. Goodyear. If you are a ASP.NET developer you have propably already heard of these guys and if you haven't you need to take your work more seriously.

This book is for experienced ASP.NET developers who want to take their skill from "average" to "excellent" level, according to the back cover and I guess I have to agree with that. . In this book they cover every aspect that you might and will encounter as a ASP.NET developer. They explain you the Provider design pattern that Microsoft introduced in ASP.NET 2.0, they will explain what it is, how to use it and how to create your own providers based on existing providers or create your own custom provider.

There is a chapter on client callbacks, the different methods and how it exactly works behind the scene. There is also some mention about "Atlas" in this chapter. Another chapters introduces you to the debugger visualizers and how you can build your own visualizer. Chapter 7 is dedicated to the GridView control. There is a chapter on extreme databinding which discusses the DataSource controls.

Chapters 9 and 10 are an interesting read on the correct usage of the viewstate and caching (static caching and the ASP.NET cache). Chapter 11 is a small chapter on how to perform a migration from ASP.NET 1.1 to ASP.NET 2.0. If you have a question about the deployment of your ASP.NET 2.0 web site you can try to find the answer in chapter 12. Off course there is a chapter dedicated to Master Pages and the chapter on HTTP Handlers and HTTP Modules is also an interesting read. They show how to create your own IP Blacklisting HTTP Module.

When you read this book it is assumed that you a thorough knowledge of ASP.NET 2.0 like for example in the chapter of HTTP Handlers and Modules it is assumed that you know something about the HTTP Request Pipeline. I mean that this book is not to explain you how ASP.NET works.

Now about the printing of the book; the books of Apress are imho the best, they have the correct font, font-size, the correct spacing between the lines and so on. I have never liked the books from Wrox. This book has a soft cover (paperback) and what I dislike very much is the fact that they have used recycled paper which are not white and I find this disturbing because the ink is not black but rather dark gray, on some pages it seems like they almost ran out of ink and therefore some pages are printed with a lighter gray colour. Also the fonts used for the code samples are too large, so a lot of code don't fit on a single line and therefore the indentation is messed up.

So basically this is a good book and whether you buy it or not is up to you. My overal impression of this book was that it seemed like they bundled some of their blog posts into a book. What I am trying to say is that if you need for example to create a HTTP Module you can always Google for examples. Nevertheless if you decide to buy the book you can do so at or if you live in Belgium in Het Computerwinkeltje. Take a look at the Table of Contents.

 they give you tips and tricks on how to correctly use the viewstate, caching and so on.

Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado Posted on Saturday, October 28, 2006 12:51 AM Books | Back to top

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