Buy Our Book And Become An ASP.NET Bad Ass

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41XDcuGaQrL._AA240_ Remember the book I mentioned that I was writing along with a few colleagues? Well it is finally available for pre-order on!

If you love me, you’ll buy five copies each. No. Ten copies!

Or, you could wait for the reviews and buy the book on its own merits, which I hope it warrants. But what’s the fun in that?

All kidding aside, this was a fun and tiring collaborative effort with Jeff “Coding Horror” Atwood, Jon Galloway, K. Scott Allen, and Wyatt Barnett. The book aggregates our collective wisdom on the topic of building web applications with ASP.NET 2.0 as a series of tips, tricks, and hacks.

The target audience for the book is the intermediate developer looking to raise his or her skills to the next level, so some of the material quickly rehashes the basics to set the stage for more interesting tips and tricks. The goal of the book is to be a survival guide for ASP.NET developers. We’ve been bitten and had the poison sucked out of our veins so you can avoid the vipers in the wild.

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22 responses

  1. Avatar for Jon Limjap
    Jon Limjap September 18th, 2007

    Any way to get that book here in Manila without costing an arm and a leg? :P

  2. Avatar for Travis Laborde
    Travis Laborde September 18th, 2007

    I've heard about a couple of new books on 2.0 in the past week... With VS2008 right around the corner... why would anyone release a book so late in the product cycle?
    Please don't get me wrong... I'm sure it's a GREAT book, and I do realize that most all of it will still be pertinent in the 3.x world, but...
    It seems to me that these books stand a high chance of being ignored in favor of books with a big "3.0" stamp on the cover.

  3. Avatar for Jayson Knight
    Jayson Knight September 18th, 2007


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  5. Avatar for Aaron Lerch
    Aaron Lerch September 18th, 2007

    Cool - but the subtitle totally should've been "101 Essential Tips, Tricks, & Haacks"
    Which would be possible after your recent nut-capade. :)

  6. Avatar for Steven Harman
    Steven Harman September 18th, 2007

    So, are you going to be narrating the audio version?

  7. Avatar for Simone Chiaretta
    Simone Chiaretta September 18th, 2007

    @Travis: ASP.NET in the 3.5 version of the framework is not so different from the 2.0 version.
    The new features are Ajax and all compiler sugar things needed for Linq, but nothing really new for ASP.NET. And then, I know of people still using ASP 1.1, so, since the 2008 series will be released next Spring, probably developers will need tips on 2.0 still for a long time. And probably, marketing now, something about the 3.5 will have the opposite effect: nobody will buy it since it's based on pre-release software.
    @Phil: I want one signed by you and Jeff, and copy of your new business card @ MS :)

  8. Avatar for Simone Chiaretta
    Simone Chiaretta September 18th, 2007

    BTW: Amazon says that the book is shipping, and has been released 15th of September. Not only in pre-order.

  9. Avatar for Josh Stodola
    Josh Stodola September 18th, 2007

    Hey shouldn't that say tips, tricks, and haacks?
    I'd probably buy it I don't know how to read.

  10. Avatar for Jon Galloway
    Jon Galloway September 18th, 2007

    As Simone said, there's not a whole lot of new stuff for ASP.NET in 3.0 and 3.5. The book has a whole chapter on AJAX (by K. Scott Allen - one of the best chapters).
    There are new things it doesn't cover: Linq and the ListView.
    However, this is a problem / solution book, not a list of what's new in the language. There are possibly some minor updates which could be made, but there's nothing really substantial that would change with .NET 3.5.

  11. Avatar for engtech
    engtech September 18th, 2007

    make a hollow version of the book with the exact same cover and have snakes jump out when you open it.
    Think Geek would eat it up, and it would drive sales to the real book.

  12. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked September 18th, 2007

    @Travis You're still going to buy one, right? ;)
    You make a good point, but from my experience, it takes at least a year or more after release for the next version of ASP.NET to start getting adoption at the workplace for most developers. Some devs are lucky and get to deploy the latest greatest bits, but by and large, I think most ASP.NET devs will be working on ASP.NET 2.0 for the next year.
    Secondly, the book is meant to distill wisdom, tips, solutions based on real world experience. The type of things us authors have run into on real projects with real clients. That sort of knowledge would be hard to put in a book for ASP.NET 3.5 since it's not even release technology and not many out there have long running experience with it.
    Unfortunately, people won't see my explanation on the cover of the book. They'll see "2.0" and I hope it doesn't dissuade anyone.

  13. Avatar for Scott
    Scott September 18th, 2007
    at least a year or more after release

    We're gearing up to re-write our classic ASP application in ASP.NET 2.0....finally.
    We were unable to port our 1.1 application to 2.0 w/o significant re-writes.
    Microsoft is given heck for not adapting fast enough. But when they do change, we can't keep up.

  14. Avatar for Timo
    Timo September 18th, 2007

    I think this is good news and it's added to my Amazon wishlist. However what I like to see is a book which covers ASP.NET 2.0 development with MVC. Or is there enough content for a book on this topic ?
    I think that MVC is a really important thing to learn (not to mention other patterns) and there is already some content available on the web. But so far no books of this topic for(ASP).NET are written (or are there any ?)

  15. Avatar for Keyvan Nayyeri
    Keyvan Nayyeri September 19th, 2007

    Great :-)
    It's your year, Phil ;-) Try to get the best from it!

  16. Avatar for Denny Ferrassoli
    Denny Ferrassoli September 19th, 2007

    "The target audience for the book is the intermediate developer..."
    I purchased a copy! Haack as well as the other authors have done so much for the community. I've learned a lot from you guys. The least I could do is buy the book. I could only purchase once copy though... "intermediate developer" salary ;)
    P.S. Can't wait for the MVC Framework!

  17. Avatar for Travis Laborde
    Travis Laborde September 19th, 2007

    I will likely purchase it, even if just to say thanks for all the great content on your blog... but like someone else already mentioned.. I've heard that MS is working on a new MV* pattern for ASP.NET and some blogger guy joined up to work on that project.
    I might wait and see if that needs a book. Because you know... even if it doesn't someone will write one.

  18. Avatar for Sara
    Sara September 21st, 2007

    ohhhh. I've known the book was coming out but didn't know you were a part of it. I won't buy the book, only because I get it for free since I'm a mod at SitePoint. I will read it though and recommend it to friends. Looking forward to it!

  19. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked September 22nd, 2007

    Oh Sara, buy it anyways. Could be a good party gift for your friends.
    Love the gravatar!

  20. Avatar for Tony
    Tony October 3rd, 2007

    Are you going to release an electronic version of the book. I prefer the electronic versions.

  21. Avatar for DH
    DH October 9th, 2007

    Ah, the book which Jeff tells us not to buy - though I suspect he's just trying to use reverse psychology on us heh ;-) I'll order a copy anyway... should be good reading :-)

  22. Avatar for Wyatt Barnett
    Wyatt Barnett October 9th, 2007

    @Tony: a PDF version is now available directly from SitePoint.