Series: Murach: Training & Reference
Paperback: 756 pages
Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates; 4th edition (April 26, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.4 x 9.9 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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(5/11/11: Update for 4.0 version at bottom.)The introduction to this book says that knowledge of C# is assumed, but no database knowledge is necessary. What that really means is that she starts at the beginning, but she moves quickly into advanced material.I like this approach. Too many books skip or gloss over the basics, giving a reader nowhere to look if he doesn't fully understand the code examples (except additional books).Murach books use a "paired page" layout. On the left page is text, with the right page showing diagrams, bullet points and code samples. The right page is almost like a PowerPoint presentation, and you can quickly get through material you already know by skimming the pages on the right. The paired pages generally help you read at your own appropriate pace, especially if you're familiar with many of the points. In places, I found myself reading both pages and seeing the same material, or reading only one side and missing something. Each chapter ends with a summary and a list of terms, so you can check that you understood all of it. The layout makes it easy to go back and find something later.These books contain good, complete and realistic code examples, and step-by-step instructions for creating them using Visual Studio tools. However, all of the ADO chapters discuss WinForms, not ASP. Many of the LINQ techniques are applicable to either platform, but the first half of the book is of minimal help to the ASP developer. (The LINQ and EF sections do dedicate their last chapters to ASP.)LINQ (Language Integrated Query) was added with .NET 3.0 and enhanced in 3.5. Briefly, LINQ allows you to perform SQL-like selection over collections of data, whether in databases, XML, or program Objects.
I have read up to Page 133 when I decided to start this reviewI think this is a great book to get your head around working with SQL Server Data using VB.NET 2010 BECAUSE I couldn't really find any other viable options on .I am only up to page 133, but felt that it was important to give some feedback to others considering this book.Yes, it gives a an overview of 2-tier and 3-tier applications, in addition it has some great incites into how to modify the auto-generated code from the wizards.The reason I gave it only 2 stars was that they forgot to include the other book with it when they sent me this book.You know the book that explains:1] That when you get all the way up to Chapter 3 and you realize they still haven't told you that you have to go to page 691 to find the instructions for setting up the exercises. Then when you start the first example they don't tell you what type of VB.NET project they are using for their examples. They do mention their VB.NET book, but that still would not tell you what or how they set up the examples.2] That you have to go to page 696 to find out about setting up the SQL database.Yeah, yeah, I know you can figure that out, but several times in every chapter I had to stop and figure out something that wasted my time, when all they had to do was include a few sentences to let you know what they were doing. Over and over again I found them referring to something that had not been previously mentioned or explained. Each time I thought I had missed something, then went back and re-read everything previous to the sentence in question, only to find out that they had never explained or mentioned it.
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