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1. Beginning ASP.NET 4.5.1: in C# and VB (Wrox Programmer to Programmer) (2014)

Build your ASP.NET 4.5.1 skills with real-world instruction

In this comprehensive guide to getting started with ASP.NET 4.5.1, best-selling author Imar Spaanjaars provides a firm foundation for coders new to ASP.NET and key insights for those not yet familiar with the important updates in the 4.5.1 release. Readers learn how to build full-featured ASP.NET websites using Visual Studio Express 2013 for Web, Microsoft’s free development tool for ASP.NET web applications. Beginning ASP.NET 4.5.1 guides you through the process of creating a fully functional, database-driven website, from creation of the most basic site structure all the way down to the successful deployment of the website to a production environment.

Beginning ASP.NET 4.5.1: in C# and VB: 

  • Explains how to get started with ASP.NET 4.5.1, including an introduction to Microsoft’s Visual Studio Express 2013 for Web
  • Features helpful examples for designing websites with CSS and HTML and how to overcome common formatting problems
  • Shares techniques for managing server controls in ASP.NET, including standard controls, HTML controls, and data controls
  • Provides real-world tips for creating consistent page layouts throughout your websites
  • Covers practical functionality issues like validating user input, sending e-mail from your website, and processing data at the server
  • Details what the ASP.NET state engine is and why it is important
  • Shows how to access and modify data in a SQL Server database
  • Includes coverage of jQuery, LINQ, and the Entity Framework
  • Explores measures to take for optimal security

Author(s): Imar Spaanjaars

2. Murach’s ASP.NET 4.6 Web Programming with C# 2015 (2016)

If you know the basics of C#, you’re ready to learn to develop server-side web applications with ASP.NET Web Forms…and that’s where this book comes in:

  • Section 1 is a quick-start course in creating your first ASP.NET Web Forms applications using Visual Studio, with coverage of what HTML5/CSS3 and Bootstrap are doing on the client side…a course that works both for beginners and for experienced web developers who are new to ASP.NET
  • Section 2 gives you the skills you need for every web application…like how to use the server controls, validate user entries, manage state, use master pages, make ASP.NET work with Bootstrap for responsive layouts, and use friendly URLs
  • Section 3 presents the skills you need for developing database-driven web applications at a professional level…including how to use SQL data sources, object data sources, and model binding and the Entity Framework with ASP.NET data controls like GridView, DetailsView, FormView, and ListView
  • Section 4 covers skills that enhance your professionalism…like how to develop secure web pages, authenticate users with ASP.NET Identity, send email, control the use of the Back button, and deploy finished applications
  • Section 5 takes you to the next level by showing you how to use ASP.NET Ajax, how to develop WCF and Web API services, and how ASP.NET MVC programming differs from Web Forms programming

To make it easier for you to master ASP.NET, you get complete web applications…including the web forms, the aspx code, and the C# code…that show you how each feature works in context. (You can download these for free from the Murach website.) You get chapter exercises that let you practice your new skills. And you get Murach’s distinctive paired-pages format that developers like because it saves both training and reference time.

Author(s): Anne Boehm, Mary Delamater

3. Pro ASP.NET Core MVC 2 (2017)

Now in its 7th edition, the best selling book on MVC is updated for ASP.NET Core MVC 2. It contains detailed explanations of the Core MVC functionality which enables developers to produce leaner, cloud optimized and mobile-ready applications for the .NET platform. This book puts ASP.NET Core MVC into context and dives deep into the tools and techniques required to build modern, cloud optimized extensible web applications. All the new MVC features are described in detail and the author explains how best to apply them to both new and existing projects.

The ASP.NET Core MVC Framework is the latest evolution of Microsoft’s ASP.NET web platform, built on a completely new foundation. It represents a fundamental change to how Microsoft constructs and deploys web frameworks and is free of the legacy of earlier technologies such as Web Forms. ASP.NET Core MVC provides a “host agnostic” framework and a high-productivity programming model that promotes cleaner code architecture, test-driven development, and powerful extensibility.

Best-selling author Adam Freeman has thoroughly revised this market-leading book and explains how to get the most from ASP.NET Core MVC. He starts with the nuts-and-bolts and shows you everything through to advanced features, going in-depth to give you the knowledge you need. The book includes a fully worked case study of a functioning web application that readers can use as a template for their own projects.

What’s New in This Edition

  • Fully updated for Visual Studio 2017, C# 7 and .NET Core 2
  • Coverage of new features such as view filters
  • Wider platform and tooling coverage than ever before, with more on Visual Studio Code and working with .NET Core on non-Windows platforms
  • Docker-based application deployment

What You Will Learn

  • Gain a solid architectural understanding of ASP.NET Core MVC
  • Explore the entire ASP.NET MVC Framework as a cohesive whole
  • See how MVC and test-driven development work in action
  • Learn what’s new in ASP.NET Core MVC 2 and how best to apply these new features to your own work
  • See how to create RESTful web services and Single Page Applications
  • Build on your existing knowledge of previous MVC releases to get up and running with the new programming model quickly and effectively

Who This Book Is For

This book is for web developers with a basic knowledge of ASP.NET and C# who want to incorporate the latest improvements and functionality in the ASP.NET Core MVC 2 Framework.

Author(s): Adam Freeman

4. ASP.NET MVC 5 with Bootstrap and Knockout.js: Building Dynamic, Responsive Web Applications (2015)

Bring dynamic server-side web content and responsive web design together to build websites that work and display well on any resolution, desktop or mobile. With this practical book, you’ll learn how by combining the ASP.NET MVC server-side language, the Bootstrap front-end framework, and Knockout.js—the JavaScript implementation of the Model-View-ViewModel pattern.

Author Jamie Munro introduces these and other related technologies by having you work with sophisticated web forms. At the end of the book, experienced and aspiring web developers alike will learn how to build a complete shopping cart that demonstrates how these technologies interact with each other in a sleek, dynamic, and responsive web application.

  • Build well-organized, easy-to-maintain web applications by letting ASP.NET MVC 5, Bootstrap, and Knockout.js do the heavy lifting
  • Use ASP.NET MVC 5 to build server-side web applications, interact with a database, and dynamically render HTML
  • Create responsive views with Bootstrap that render on a variety of modern devices; you may never code with CSS again
  • Add Knockout.js to enhance responsive web design with snappy client-side interactions driven by your server-side web application

Author(s): Jamie Munro

5. Beginning ASP.NET 4.5 in C# (Experts Voice in .Net) (2012)

This book is the most comprehensive and up to date introduction to ASP.NET ever written. Focussing solely on C#, with no code samples duplicated in other languages, award winning author Matthew MacDonald introduces you to the very latest thinking and best practices for the ASP.NET 4.5 technology.

Assuming no prior coding experience, you’ll be taught everything you need to know from the ground up. Starting from first principals, you’ll learn the skills you need to be an effective ASP.NET developer who is ready to progress to more sophisticated projects and professional work.

You’ll be taught how to use object orientation and code-behind techniques to lay out your code clearly in a way other developers can easily understand. You’ll learn how to query databases from within you web pages, spice up your layouts using ASP.NET AJAX and deploy your finished websites to production servers. You’ll also learn how to debug your code when things go wrong and the performance and scalability issues that can affect your web projects as they grow.

With you book you can take your first step towards becoming a successful ASP.NET developer with confidence.

Author(s): Matthew MacDonald

6. ASP.NET Core 2.0 MVC & Razor Pages for Beginners: How to Build a Website (2017)

Want to learn how to build ASP.NET Core 2.0 MVC and Razor Page Web Applications?
Prerequisites:

  • C# (Intermediate level; including Generics, Reflection and Object-Oriented Programming (OOP))
  • HTML5/CSS3 (Basic knowledge)

This book is primarily aimed at developers who want to learn how to build ASP.NET Core 2.0 MVC and Razor Page applications. You should be an intermediate level C# developer with some experience in HTML5 and CSS3. The C# language won’t be explained in any detail.
You will learn ASP.NET Core 2.0 by building three applications. The first application will be built using an empty template, the second with the MVC template, and the third with Razor Pages. The goal with the first basic application is to get you familiar with ASP.NET Core 2.0 by adding middleware and services one piece at a time. Then you will create a solution with three projects; the first project will be used to create a shared database with Entity Framework Core 2.0, the second project is a MVC application for the regular user interface, and the third project is an administrator user interface built with Razor Pages. This solution is a video course website, where users can register to gain access to video courses and administrators can add and modify course content and users.
If you are already familiar with MVC 5 or ASP.NET Core 1.0/1.1, the content in this book can get you started with ASP.NET Core 2.0 in a fast, no-fluff way.
It’s important to mention that this book is practical and tactical, where you will learn as you progress through the modules and build real web applications in the process. To spare you countless pages of fluff (filler material), only valuable information, pertinent to the task at hand, is discussed. The benefit is a shorter and more condensed book, which will save you time and give you a more enjoyable experience.
This experience is something you can put in your CV when applying for a job or a consultant position, or when negotiating a higher salary.
Technologies, frameworks and languages you will use:

  • Visual Studio 2017
  • ASP.NET Core 2.0
  • MVC and Razor Pages (new in ASP.NET 2.0)
  • Services (To provide your own functionality as a reusable service)
  • Middleware (To provide you own functionality to HTTP Request pipeline)
  • Entity Framework (To crate and communicate with a database)
  • View Component (To render data in the _Layout view with model data)
  • Dependency Injection (To inject objects into constructors)
  • Bootstrap (Used for styling and to create a responsive design)
  • LINQ (To query the database)
  • Tag Helper (to clean up the HTML and enable re-use)
  • HTML Helper methods (to clean up your HTML and enable re-use)
  • Partial views (to clean up your views and enable re-use)
  • Bower and NuGet (To install necessary libraries)
  • What you will implement:

    • A web application from an empty template
    • An MVC web application using a template
    • An Razor Page web application using a template
    • A data-layer project referenced from the MVC and Razor Page applications

    I hope you love the book!
    Sincerely,
    Jonas Fagerberg
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Author(s): Jonas Fagerberg

7. Professional ASP.NET MVC 5 (2014)

ASP.NET MVC insiders cover the latest updates to the technology in this popular Wrox reference

MVC 5 is the newest update to the popular Microsoft technology that enables you to build dynamic, data-driven websites. Like previous versions, this guide shows you step-by-step techniques on using MVC to best advantage, with plenty of practical tutorials to illustrate the concepts. It covers controllers, views, and models; forms and HTML helpers; data annotation and validation; membership, authorization, and security.

  • MVC 5, the latest version of MVC, adds sophisticated features such as single page applications, mobile optimization, and adaptive rendering
  • A team of top Microsoft MVP experts, along with visionaries in the field, provide practical advice on basic and advanced MVC topics
  • Covers controllers, views, models, forms, data annotations, authorization and security, Ajax, routing, ASP.NET web API, dependency injection, unit testing, real-world application, and much more

Professional ASP.NET MVC 5 is the comprehensive resource you need to make the best use of the updated Model-View-Controller technology.

Author(s): Jon Galloway, Brad Wilson

8. Beginning ASP.NET for Visual Studio 2015 (2016)

The complete guide to the productivity and performance enhancements in ASP.NET 

Beginning ASP.NET for Visual Studio 2015 is your ultimate guide to the latest upgrade of this historically popular framework. Fully updated to align with the vNext release, this new edition walks you through the new tools and features that make your workflow smoother and your applications stronger. You’ll get up to speed on the productivity and performance improvements, and learn how Microsoft has committed itself to more continuous innovation by increasing its release cadence for all products and services going forward. Coverage includes Async-aware debugging, ADO.NET idle connection resiliency, managed return value inspection, ASP.NET app suspension, on-demand large object heap compaction, multi-core JIT and more.

The news of an off-cycle update to ASP.NET came as a surprise, but its announcement garnered cheers at the 2014 Microsoft BUILD conference. This guide shows you what all the fuss is about, and how Microsoft overhauled the latest ASP.NET release.

  • Get acquainted with the new developer productivity features
  • Master the new tools that build better applications
  • Discover what’s new in Windows Store app development
  • Learn how Microsoft fixed the issues that kept you from v5

Over 38 million websites are currently using ASP.NET, and the new upgrade is already leading to increased adoption. Programmers need to master v6 to remain relevant as web development moves forward. Beginning ASP.NET for Visual Studio 2015 walks you through the details, and shows you what you need to know so you can get up and running quickly.

Author(s): William Penberthy

9. Building Web Applications with Visual Studio 2017: Using .NET Core and Modern JavaScript Frameworks (2017)

Learn how to build web applications from three Microsoft MVPs. After building the data application layer using Entity Framework Core and a RESTful service using ASP.NET Core, you will then build the client side web application three ways: first, using ASP.NET Core, then using Angular 2, and, finally, using React.  You will be able to compare and contrast these UI frameworks and select the best one for your needs.

.NET Core is a complete rewrite of the popular .NET and its related frameworks. While many concepts are similar between .NET Core and the .NET 4.6 framework, there are revolutionary changes as well, including updates to Entity Framework Core and ASP.NET Core. The first section of this book covers the three main parts of building applications with C#: Entity Framework, ASP.NET Core Services, and ASP.NET Core Web Applications. 

There is also an explosion in popularity of JavaScript frameworks for client side development, and the authors cover two of the most popular UI frameworks. Start with TypeScript for developing clean JavaScript, along with a client side build tool such as Gulp, Grunt, and WebPack. Using the same data access layer and RESTful service from the .NET Core application, you can rebuild the UI using Angular 2. Then, repeat the process using React, for a true comparison of building client side applications using ASP.NET Core, Angular 2, and React. 

What You’ll Learn

  • Understand the fundamentals of .NET Core and what that means to the traditional .NET developer
  • Build a data access layer with Entity Framework Core, a RESTful service with ASP.NET Core MVC, and a website with ASP.NET Core MVC and Bootstrap
  • Automate many build tasks with client side build utilities
Who This Book Is For

Intermediate to advanced .NET developers

Author(s): Philip Japikse, Kevin Grossnicklaus

10. C# 7.1 and .NET Core 2.0 – Modern Cross-Platform Development – Third Edition: Create powerful applications with .NET Standard 2.0, ASP.NET Core 2.0, … Visual Studio 2017 or Visual Studio Code (2017)

C# 7.1 and .NET Core 2.0 Modern Cross-Platform Development is a practical guide to creating powerful cross-platform applications with C# 7 and .NET Core 2.0.

About This Book

  • Build modern, cross-platform applications with .NET Core 2.0
  • Get up to speed with C#, and up to date with all the latest features of C# 7.1
  • Start creating professional web applications with ASP.NET Core 2.0

Who This Book Is For

This book is for those of you who have some prior programming experience or have a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) background, and want to gain a solid foundation with C# and to be introduced to the types of applications you could build which will work cross-platform on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

What You Will Learn

  • Build cross-platform applications using C# 7.1 and .NET Core 2.0
  • Explore ASP.NET Core 2.0 and learn how to create professional websites, services, and applications
  • Improve your application’s performance using multitasking
  • Use Entity Framework Core and LINQ to query and manipulate data
  • Master object-oriented programming with C# to increase code reuse and efficiency
  • Familiarize yourself with cross-device app development using the Universal Windows Platform
  • Protect and manage your files and data with encryption, streams, and serialization
  • Get started with mobile app development using Xamarin.Forms
  • Preview the nullable reference type feature of C# 8

In Detail

C# 7.1 and .NET Core 2.0 is a practical guide to creating powerful cross-platform applications with C# 7.1 and .NET Core 2.0. It gives readers of any experience level a solid foundation in C# and .NET. The first part of the book runs you through the basics of C#, as well as debugging functions and object-oriented programming, before taking a quick tour through the latest features of C# 7.1 such as default literals, tuples, inferred tuple names, pattern matching, and more.

After quickly taking you through C# and how .NET works, you’ll explore the .NET Standard 2.0 class libraries, covering topics such as packaging and deploying your own libraries, and using common libraries for working with collections, performance, databases, and encryption. The final section demonstrates the major types of application that you can build and deploy cross-device and cross-platform. Here, you’ll learn about websites, web applications, web services, Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps, and mobile apps. By the end of the book, you’ll be armed with all the knowledge you need to build modern, cross-platform applications using C# and .NET.

Style and approach

This book takes a step-by-step approach and is filled with exciting projects and fascinating theory. It uses three high-impact sections to equip you with all the tools you ll need to build modern, cross-platform applications using C# and .NET Core 2.0.

Table of Contents

  1. Hello, C#! Welcome, .NET Core!
  2. Speaking C#
  3. Controlling the Flow and Converting Types
  4. Writing, Debugging, and Testing Functions
  5. Building Your Own Types with OOP
  6. Implementing Interfaces and Inheriting Classes
  7. Understanding and Packaging .NET Standard Types
  8. Using Common .NET Standard Types
  9. Working with Files, Streams, and Serialization
  10. Protecting Your Data and Applications
  11. Working with Databases Using Entity Framework
  12. Querying and Manipulating Data Using LINQ
  13. Improving Performance and Scalability Using Multitasking
  14. Building Websites Using ASP.NET Core Razor Pages
  15. Building Websites Using ASP.NET Core MVC
  16. Building Web Services and Application Using ASP.NET Core
  17. Building Windows Apps Using XAML & Fluent Design

Author(s): Mark J. Price

11. Beginning ASP.NET 4.5: in C# and VB (2012)

The ultimate programming guide to ASP.NET 4.5, by popular author and Microsoft MVP Imar Spaanjaars

Updated for ASP.NET 4.5, this introductory book is filled with helpful examples and contains a user-friendly, step-by-step format. Written by popular author and Microsoft ASP.NET MVP Imar Spaanjaars, this book walks you through ASP.NET, Microsoft’s technology for building dynamically generated web pages. This edition retains the highly accessible approach to building the Planet Wrox website example, an online community site featuring product reviews, picture sharing, bonus content for registered users, and more.

  • Contains the comprehensive guide to the latest technology additions to ASP.NET 4.5
  • Shows how to build basic ASP.NET web pages and configure their server
  • Includes information on how to add features with pre-built server controls
  • Reveals how to design pages and make them consistent
  • Contains the information needed for getting user input and displaying data

Beginning ASP.NET 4.5 in C# and VB uses Spaanjaars’s distinct writing style to put you at ease with learning ASP.NET 4.5.

Author(s): Imar Spaanjaars

12. ASP.NET MVC 5 – Building a Website with Visual Studio 2015 and C Sharp: The Tactical Guidebook (2016)

Want to learn how to build an MVC 5 website?
Prerequisites:

  • C# (you need to be proficient)
  • MVC 5 (you need some prior experience)
  • HTML5/CSS3 (you need basic knowledge)
  • JavaScript/JQuery (you need basic knowledge)

This book is primarily aimed at developers who havesome prior experience with MVC 5 and are proficient in C#, since thelanguage won't be explained in any detail. Even if you already havecreated a couple of MVC projects, you might find the content in thisbook useful as a refresher. You might have worked in previous versionsof Visual Studio and MVC and want a fast no-fluff way to get up to speed with MVC 5.

In this book you will learn how to build an MVC 5 website using C#, Entity Framework, HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and Ajax.

  • Create a "real world" code-first database using Entity Framework.
  • Add and modify models, views and controllers to perform CRUD operations against the database.
  • Use client-side and server-side validation.
  •  Secure the controllers, actions and view content with authorization and roles.
  • Implement security with ASP.NET Identity (authentication, authorization and roles).
  • Use JavaScript, JQuery and Ajax to build a great end-user interface with asynchronous server calls.
  • Style the user interfaces using CSS3 and Bootstrap.
  • Create a responsive website.
  • Implement product subscription scenarios with registration codes.
  • Create an alternate way to login to the application.
  • Implement password reset functionality.
  • Register users with the site.
  • Manage users and their subscriptions.

Technologies, frameworks and languages:

  • C# (you need to be proficient)
  • HTML5/CSS3 (you need basic knowledge)
  • JavaScript/JQuery (you need basic knowledge)
  • MVC 5 (you will create/modify models, views and controllers)
  • Razor syntax (to include server-side code in views)
  • Bootstrap (used for styling and to create a responsive design)
  • Ajax (used for asynchronous server calls)
  • LINQ (to query the database)
  • Extension methods (to clean up your C# code and enable re-use)
  • HTML Helper methods (to clean up your HTML and enable re-use)
  • Use settings from the web.config file

This book does not cover ASP.NET Core 1.0

I hope you love the book!
Sincerely,
Jonas Fagerberg

Now click the Buy button to start reading the book

Author(s): Jonas Fagerberg