ASP.NET 2.0 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies is intended to be a reference for all the great things (and maybe a few not-so-great things) that you may need to know when you’re writing ASP.NET programs. You can, of course, buy a huge 1,200-page book on each of the programming topics covered in this book. But then, who would carry them home from the bookstore for you? And where would you find the shelf space to store them? In this book, you get the information you need all conveniently packaged for you in between one set of covers.
This book doesn’t pretend to be a comprehensive reference for every detail on these topics. Instead, it shows you how to get up and running fast so you have more time to do the things you really want to do. Designed using the easy-to-follow For Dummies format, this book helps you get the information you need without laboring to find it. ASP.NET 2.0 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies is a big book made up of several smaller books — mini-books, if you will. Each of these mini-books covers the basics of one key element of programming, such as installing ASP.NET and compiling and running programs, or using basic ASP.NET statements, or using ADO.NET to write database programs.
Whenever one big thing is made up of several smaller things, confusion is always a possibility. That’s why this book is designed to have multiple access points to help you find what you want. At the beginning of the book is a detailed table of contents that covers the entire book. Then, each mini-book begins with its own mini-table of contents that shows you at a mini-glance what chapters are included in that mini-book. Useful running heads appear at the top of each page to point out the topic discussed on that page. And handy thumbtabs run down the side of the pages to help you quickly find each minibook. aspFinally, a comprehensive index lets you find information anywhere in
the entire book.