I’m a huge Stephen Walther fan. Having read his other books I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of this latest edition. Microsoft has made some serious upgrades to the .NET framework since version 1.1 and while these improvements are great, they do require a lot of time to learn. At almost 2000 pages, ASP.NET 2.0 Unleashed is the most complete reference book on the market.
While there’s no specific section on what’s new in 2.0, this book provides an in-depth look into just about everything that’s possible with the ASP.NET framework.
The new data access controls such as the GridView and SqlDataSource are discussed in detail. Building a proper architecture with data access, business logic, and presentation layers is also covered.
Master Pages, caching, web parts, login controls, etc., etc. There are no stones left unturned in this book. All of the chapters in the book have extensive examples (not just code snippets) which you can actually use in your projects. They’re also written in both VB.NET and C#.
Stephen also has a great, easy-to-read writing style which makes this book even better. This book is an absolute must have for any developer working with ASP.NET 2.0.