Course 506 - Enterprise .NET Web Development

This group of books I can recommend for anyone who needs advanced knowledge of ASP.NET Web Development.  Some of them I've shown in class others I have in my library.


This book makes an excellent companion book to Course 506.  It covers all the technical details that we discuss in Course 506 plus material that we just didn't have time to cover.

The level of technical detail is the same as Course 506, in that the all topics are discussed from the view point of someone who has an understanding of ASP.NET, but wants an advanced level of understanding.

Details on such advanced topics as the configuration system and the ASP.NET process model is well presented.  Visual Studio 2008's usage is explained as well as other ASP.NET tools.  Visual Studio is a topic many books ignore and it's good to see a book give some guidance in using this important tool.

An excellent concise discussion of ASP.NET Security is presented, along with a very detailed discussion of Caching.

Every advanced ASP.NET developer needs to understand the topics in this book. 

The code in this book is presented in both VB.NET and C#. 

Recommendation: Absolutely Buy


This book focuses on the design of distributed applications using the .NET framework as a platform.  ASP.NET is treated as a hosting environment.

This book will give you the detailed information you need to effectively use ASP.NET.  It also provides an excellent discussion of the .NET details not covered in other books. 

Recommendation: Highly Recommended


We all need the heavy duty details of ASP.NET.  This book serves the need for the inside details of ASP.NET 2.0

This is a book that every developer should have on their book shelf.

Especially note worthy is a detailed discussion of ADO.NET which has been significantly improved in ASP.NET 2.0 over ASP.NET 1.1.

This book also provides a great discussion of the HTTP Pipeline showing how a request gets from the browser to the server and back.  An understanding of this underlying infrastructure will give you an edge in making advanced use of ASP.NET 2.0.

There is no ASP.NET 3.0/3.5 version of this book.

Recommendation: Excellent reference book.


This is a great book for getting all those little tips and suggestions for solving the problems that eventually occur in any development project.

Using this book will save you a considerable time vs searching the mountain of ASP.NET reference material.

Even though the books is specific to ASP.NET 2.0 don't forget that 3.0 and 3.5 are add-on's to the 2.0 .NET platform.  So the material in this book applies to ASP.NET 3.0 and 3.5


Recommendation: Excellent Book

Completely revised for ASP.NET 2.0, this new edition of the best-selling ASP.NET Cookbook has everything you need to go from beginning to advanced Windows-based web site development using Microsoft's popular Visual Studio 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0 developer tools.

Written for the impatient professional, ASP.NET 2.0 Cookbook contains more than 125 recipes for solving common and not-so-common problems you are likely to encounter when building ASP.NET-based web applications.

The recipes in this book, which run the gamut from simple coding techniques to more comprehensive development strategies, are presented in the popular Problem-Solution-Discussion format of the O'Reilly Cookbook series. As with the first edition, every solution is coded in both C# and Visual Basic 2005.

Recommendation: Great time saver and very educational