You know how you read through many books and now Blogs trying to find nuggets, but often than not you just want to find the go to place for good solid reference? Well it seems like I find that each time the technology is interated, like now to .NET 2.0. I think I latched on pretty early to my GoTo book, Professional ASP.NET 2.0 from Wrox. Thoses guys seem to always get it right when producing books that I can really dig my teeth into and get things done.
First they chose some solid authors, Bill Evjen, Scott Hanselman, Farhan Muhammad, Srinivas Sivakumar and Devin Rader. I know Hanselman's blog real well,but the other guys are well published Regional Director types. I like those types =>.
Anyway, to the book. I think it really does a good job of breaking up the important pieces of what is new in ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005 into 29 action packed chapters with two good apendixes. I like this because I can just go to the chapter I need help on and get it, don't have to wonder or wander too much ti find the meat I need.
I found the chapters on Master Pages and Themes extremely well writen and helped get the concepts and start applying some advanced features pretty quickly to my latest sites (I will start posting reviews and links shortly). I was so relieved to see how these technologies work compared to creating skins for DotNetNuke, hey this is easy!
The next thing of importance to me was Users and Roles. Again this book hit a huge homerun with me. Within two or three days of coding and testing I had a pretty solid set of code for my web sites to reliably utilize the membership provider, which rocks by the way.
There are a lot of things that were merely reviews and introductions to new features of the VB framework, but I think those types of chapters are extremely important to have. I mean yah collections is not new, but generics are. I have not applied them yet, but I am sure I will.
The book is huge, well written, and worth every penny of the $33 it cost at Amazon! Which is another thing, books do not sem to be costing a small mortgage anymore, great!