Total Training for Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0

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Total Training for Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 is the latest in Total Trainings DVD training series focusing on web development. In this two DVD set, Andy Olsen walks the viewer through the development of ASP.NET web applications using C# and Visual Studio 2005.

In order to build rich web experience, users are going to have to move away from traditional HTML web creation tools, and begin to incorporate database driven applications to build everything from a shopping cart to user generated content. If you don ?t know how to do that, the ASP.NET training series from Total Training may help.

Set 1 is all about understanding how ASP.NET works, and how to build very simple applications to be used for web page development. This DVD is ideally suited for someone that has very little hands on with ASP.NET, but does have experience with web development, database development and maintenance, and some programming languages like C# C++ and J#.

Very quickly host Andy Olsen jumps into Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 walking the viewer through simple web applications. A lot of time is spent explaining the various components of Microsoft Visual Studio, which is rather important in this introductory training session, however, not every component is discussed in detail.

Unlike other training materials from Total Training (Photoshop and After Effects training for example), this title can best be utilized by purchasing an ASP.NET book for further study. I think this is a great title for an overview of the application and what you can do with it, but it isn ?t a stand alone, learn nearly everything you need, type program.

Olsen drives through content, without the usual humor users of other Total Training products have become used to. I don ?t know if this says something about the differences between creative types and programmer types, but there you go. I do like Olsen ?s delivery as he understands the way learning is best achieved; telling the viewer what they will learn, walking them through the various steps, then reviewing the steps completed.

In Part One, Olsen goes over the key topics users will need to create a basic data application, validate the content, and deploying the web application across the website, while Part Two is spent discussing how to tie the web applications to databases and deploying it across a server.

Part 1: Getting Started with ASP.NET

  1. Overview of ASP.NET
  2. Adding Controls to a Web Page
  3. Web Page Processing
  4. Validating User Input
  5. Navigating a Website

Part 2: Creating & Deploying Rich ASP.NET Web Applications

  1. Understanding ASP.NET Apps
  2. Data Binding
  3. Rich Data Binding
  4. Deploying and ASP.NET Web Application

Overall, I think Total Training for Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 does a great job of introducing beginner to intermediate users in the creation of a stable ASP.NET application for business related websites. For $50, this is a much better buy than spending three days at a hands on workshop where you will probably walk away with less content and knowledge. That being said, this isn ?t the only collection one should consider. Total Training also offers Set 2, which dives even deeper into web app development. I give Total Training for Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 a Good Buy Recommendation.

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher is one of those guys that has always loved comics but never got into them until really late in life - like high school in the 80s. He just missed the Crisis on Infinite Earths, but has been around for every major crossover since. Stephen knows his way around video and film production having been a director, producer, editor, and motion graphics artist for projects ranging from small promotional pieces for Wachovia all the way up to regional videos for the Division of Emergency Management. As a prolific writer, Stephen began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen also freelances for the Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog. When not writing, Stephen shares his knowledge as a tenured faculty member at Fort Hays State University. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. Favorite Writers: Mark Waid, Geoff Johns, Paul Dini, Adam Beechen, Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges Favorite Artists: Dan Jurgens, Alex Ross, Adam Hughes, Freddie Williams III

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