Core Internet Application Development with ASP.NET by Randy Connolly

Core Internet Application Development with ASP.NET

  • Author: Randy Connolly
  • Softcover: 1088 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall(Feb 26 2007 12:00AM)
  • Book dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 1.7 inches
  • ISBN: 0321419502
  • ITBookworm score: 4.0 /5

Score Reasoning

What it lacks in advanced tutorials, it makes up for in practicality. It’s a really good reference to keep by your side as you code. It’s not perfect, but it’s really good.


I knew I was gonna love this book when I was just thumbing through it for the first time and ran across some code that I’d been trying to find on the internet. So this book was useful to me from day 1. Aside from that, this isn’t my typical quick review. This review comes from having used the book for like 3mos. to look things up. I still haven’t read it cover to cover, but I also don’t have to. The index is complete and so far very accurate. I know that sounds like an easy thing to accomplish, but you’d be surprised how many indexes aren’t very good and are riddled with mistakes. Anyway though, like I said before; I haven’t just sat down and read this book, but it has stayed on my bookshelf for 3mos. With the re-design of my site I feel more comfortable knowing it’s here. And so far there hasn’t been anything I’ve looked up that I haven’t found. It has very useful real-world code examples that so far I’ve been able to plug right into my code with little effort. It goes through and explains a lot of the controls and gives you working examples of each one. There’s no shortage of code here. And that’s really what’s important when it comes to coding. One thing I really like about this book is how practical it is. It doesn’t bore you with endless details about controls and theories that don’t really teach you anything about putting together an internet site. One thing I don’t like however is that it stays at like an intermediate level so there’s not much room for growing into the content. I wouldn’t exactly say that you could learn ASP.NET from ground zero with this book, but you could start with a fairly low-level knowledge and definitely learn something. You may even grow a bit, but it’s not going to take you into guru status. That’s ok though, it doesn’t have to take you that high. Like I said, it will find its way onto your bookshelf anyway just because it’s so down to earth and practical. Anyway, I guess that’s about all I have to say about this book. I haven’t actually sat down and read any of it, but I’ve looked up plenty of things and read the few pages associated with my current project and it’s always come through for me.

Who is this book really for?

This book is for anyone who already has programming experience and wants to move into .Net. It does cover some basics, but doesn’t go into gross detail in them.

Writing Style

It’s very straight forward. There’s no real attempt to be entertaining, but the book is so practical you don’t really miss it.


I’ve been carrying this book around and folding it backwards for months now and it’s still in excellent condition. It’s very sturdy and will last you longer than the technology it contains.

-Sean McCown,


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