Book Review: Murach’s ASP.NET 4.6 Web Programming with C# 2015

Murach is always one step ahead when it comes to the release of new books based on the latest Microsoft products. If you are a developer, you should learn the latest trending programming technologies, which will help you to build robust and secured web-based solutions. Murach’s ASP.NET 4.6 Web Programming with C# 2015 (ISBN:978-1890774950) helps you to learn all aspects of ASP.NET 4.6 using C# 2015.

The book is divided into five sections divided into 25 chapters. The first chapter examines the basic introduction to ASP.NET programming. In the next chapter, you will learn the steps required to develop a single page web application. While the third chapter helps you to learn the use of HTML5, CSS3, and Bootstrap, the fourth chapter enables you to develop a multi-page web application. The final chapter in section 1 explores the testing and debugging process associated with the development of ASP.NET applications.

The chapters in section 2 examine the usage of standard server controls, validation controls including the working of state, cookies, URL encoding, master pages, Bootstrap. You will also learn the technique to create friendly URLs and routing.

If you venture into web based development, you should make efficient use of databases, which is the storage point for all the collected data. If you would like to learn the basics of database programming, you should check out chapter 12. The remaining chapters examine the use of SQL data sources in addition to working with various controls such as GridView, DetailsView, FormView, List View, DataPages. Moreover, you will also learn the relevance of object data sources with ADO.NET. The final chapter will be useful for advanced developers since it explores the usage of model binding and the Entity Framework.

Nowadays, web applications are vulnerable to viruses and malware. Hence, you have to secure your applications by implementing the techniques covered in Chapter 19 and 20. You will learn the usage of email, custom error pages and back-button control in chapter 21. There is no use if you develop and keep the ASP.NET project files and databases with you. You should navigate to Chapter 22 to explore the various aspects involved with the deployment of applications.

The author has taken special care to extend the coverage to the advanced level. Ajax is a great technology to create rich and compelling UIs. You will learn the usage behind ASP.NET Ajax in Chapter 23. The next chapter examines the various concepts related to the use and creation of WCF and Web API services. MVC is a hot and trending topic. The final chapter delves deep into the concepts of ASP.NET MVC.

The book also includes an appendix which helps you to install and use the required software and downloadable files. You should read this chapter because you should install the software properly before proceeding to code.

The highlight of Murach’s ASP.NET 4.6 Web Programming with C# 2015 is that the book provides the content, code, figures, tables and description in a uniform manner in all chapters. The book contains colored screenshots as opposed to monochrome in the previous editions of the book. The book will be useful for training centers since they can make use of it as a course material for imparting ASP.NET courses.

Murach’s ASP.NET 4.6 Web Programming with C# 2015 is an excellent book for developers who would like to explore all the concepts related to ASP.NET 4.6 in a unique and quick way.

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