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ASP, ADO, and XML Complete
by Sybex, Sybex Inc. "Choosing the right tools to build your Web site is, or course, a critical step..." (more)
SIPs: free shipping campaign, database connection set, insert into attribute, endar component, ons argument (more)
CAPs: Visual Basic, Internet Explorer, Page Continued, Basic Concepts of Relational Databases, Wild Willie (more)


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Book Description
--Over 1,000 pages of in-depth technical content for the most popular web technologies, for only $19.99.
--This book covers ASP, ADO and XML, the most essential technologies used for web programming on the Windows platform.
--Web programmers learn how to use ASP, ADO and XML together to build complex, dynamic web sites that support e-commerce.

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ASP, ADO, and XML Complete is a one-of-a-kind computer book-valuable both for its extensive content and its low price. This book contains a wealth of vital information for any developer in need of a complete reference to the most essential technologies used for Web programming on the Windows platform.

ASP, ADO, and XML Complete not only covers the fundamentals of scripting and ASP but it also highlights database development with ADO and SQL Server, client-side scripting, building your own components, using XML with ASP, implementing e- commerce with Microsoft BizTalk server, and building your own online store.

ASP, ADO, and XML Complete introduces you to the work of some of Sybex's finest authors, so you'll know where to turn when you want to learn even more about key Web development topics.


Product Details
  • Paperback: 1040 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex Inc; 1st edition (July 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0782129714
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds. (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: based on 6 reviews.
  • Amazon.com Sales Rank: #241,982 in Books
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Choosing the right tools to build your Web site is, or course, a critical step. Read the first page
Statistically Improbable Phrases (SIPs): (learn more)
free shipping campaign, database connection set, insert into attribute, endar component, ons argument, child recordset, our database connection, update the basket, trinary operator, hidden form variables, hierarchical recordsets, first stored procedure, thread administration, asp page, destination specification, shipping value, xsl element, last subscription, cursor service, basket page, thread name, request cycle, staging server, data islands, subscription page
Capitalized Phrases (CAPs): (learn more)
Visual Basic, Internet Explorer, Page Continued, Basic Concepts of Relational Databases, Wild Willie, Basket Case, Russell Jones, Building Your Own Components, Data View, Developer's Guide, Exploring Data, Planning Applications, Private Sub, The Microsoft Toolset, Data Objects, Enterprise Manager, Internet Information Server, Microsoft Visual Studio, Query Analyzer, Discussion Thread List, Netscape Navigator, Query Designer, Aniseed Syrup, Kurt Cagle, Microsoft Access
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

A True Handbook, June 12, 2002
Reviewer:"mattgb1" (New York City) - See all my reviews
Save the famous tomes; this one actually comes in handy.

Maybe it's just the size, look and feel of this little workhorse, or maybe it's because it feels like a super-thick pamphlet in your hands that you feel like you can treat in any way without regard to its physical condition, but somehow this book had surprised me my being so darn usable! I have rarely encountered a book that makes it so easy to get right to the subject you're trying to look up, get the facts/explanations you need... and get back to work. My pages are all dog-eared and highlighted. If you're a harried developer, I think you'll know the value of that.

The premise of the book is simple: combine the good parts of other books into one. So Chapter 1, "The Microsoft Toolset" is lifted straight out of the "E-Commerce Developer's Guide" by Noel Jerke, Chapter 2 is "adapted" from "Visual Basic Developer's Guide to ASP and IIS" by A. Russell Jones, and so on.

The surprising effect of all of this is that it's like having a research assistant who slogged through a mountain of material (useful and otherwise) for you and then handed you the highlights with post-it notes so you can save time. If one of those sources interests you, you can always read the book it came from. Or cast it aside and move on to the next piece.

And as books go, it has a high percentage of lookup tables and code samples. Why? Because that's part of the "good stuff" worth "adapting" from the other books. This won't win any book awards, but it does get yanked off the shelf more often than most others.

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Great reference, January 9, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
This is an outstanding book for ASP programmers ... It serves as a great reference source on a variety of topics. I have been very impressed with the depth and breadth of coverage (contrary to one of the reviews I read). Great value. It'll remain on my shelf for a long time.

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This is a BAD choice for me, December 31, 2003
Reviewer: A reader
I ordered the book and read it. I think that the book is not good for any ASP programmer. First, it is not complete. For example, it didn't cover server.transfer, which is an excellent feature in ASP 3.0. Second, the description about ADO is so simple that I cannot get any idea about ADO.

Why did I buy it? It is cheap and heavy. Another reason was the other users' review. Based on my experience, I suggest you to avoid this book as either study material or reference.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

A Must for ASP Programming, July 21, 2002
Reviewer:John Pittaway (Santa Ana, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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I'm an experienced programmer with 10 years of VB Client/Server and new to the WEB. The WEB is maddeningly different. This book has provided me with THE road map of modern ASP development. It is well organized. Each chapter is well selected. The content of each chapter is such that the subject is adequately covered and I can always get the book from which the chapter is extracted if I want more information. As one commenter put it, its like getting the work product of a half dozen research assistants, each of whom sifted dozens of books.

It is clearly aimed at the person who wants to understand the subject. There are no "To Create..." sequences that walk through the IDE to create a brain-dead and useless example so prevalent in the Microsoft programmer's guides. It assumes that the reader has a high school education, a keen mind and is willing to use both. Looking for a book that will do your thinking for you? This is not it. There are plenty of sample code snippets. They are there to give the reader working examples that augment the text.

I anticipate keeping this book handy as a reference on WEB ASP assignments.

There is a caveat for Microsoft oriented WEB developers. It does not address Visual Interdev. For that topic I recommend Wrox's "Beginning WEB Development with Visual Interdev 6."

I should also mention that this book does not teach one how to program. There are other resources for that. It does teach relational database principles, SQL, ADO, XML, and how to use XML in Microsoft SQL Server. The crowning glory is an excellent "class project," a walk through Microsoft's Biz Talk application.

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Only for experince programer only, February 4, 2002
Reviewer:Carso Chee (KL, Malaysia) - See all my reviews
The most valueable book for beginner and yet so usefull for professionals and advance users. If you don't understand and weak in programming concepts, you will find difficulties to cope with it because it is so stright forward to the point and not explaining much like other book. Please don't buy this book, you would regret it, however if you are experince programer then you must buy it!

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Cheap...But You Get What You Pay For, December 6, 2001
Reviewer: A reader
This book is chock full of information yet offered at a low price. To hold all of this information, the publishers had to squeeze a lot of data into every page, making it hard on the eyes. This is a big point, especially when you're trying to learn a new subject...your eyes need occasional rest stops.

The more important point is that the presentation is sorely lacking in organization. The detail is melded into the intro, the sections often include too many new concepts at once and many times, the examples are situated far from the detail. Further, important ideas are not often reinforced, or if they are, the reinforcement is usually not done at the conclusion but is instead reiterated soon after the point is introduced.

Finally, the word usage and sentence construction is very poor. I'm not reading this to get an English instruction but when faced with this kind of poor writing, its often difficult to understand exactly what the author meant. This is critical when trying to understand new concepts and ideas.

You would be way better off buying Wrox's Beginning Active Server Pages 3.0.

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