Normally I avoid "Dummies" books like the plague. Most I've seen are poorly written, disorganized and rarely leave with me a feeling that my money was well-spent.
Hatfield's "Active Server Pages Dummies" I'm very pleased to say is the exception.
Within 30 minutes of receiving the book from Amazon, most of my unanswered questions about Active Server Pages were resolved. Mr. Hatfield takes the beginner from A to Z in a measured, thorough pace that addresses each point completely and in context.
An added bonus for me was the appendix on Microsoft VisualInterdev. I had spent several hours the night before banging my head against the wall trying to figure out how to use it.
With Hatfield's excellent example I was up and runnin! g with VisualInterdev literally in a matter of minutes.
I've browsed every other ASP title available and for the beginner, nothing even comes close to Bill Hatfield's "Active Server Pages for Dummies." It is terrific.
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The book delivers a carefully structured introduction to ASP technology. The examples aren't all academic either--you'll find code (printed and on the companion CD-ROM) for a date-stamper, a banner-ad rotator, a guestbook, and even a near-real-time chat room and a system for managing classified ads.
Though this book includes sections on VBScript and JScript, you'll probably want to combine it with a language text if you lack familiarity with at least one of those languages. Still, the language material that's here serves as a good introduction to the basics and enables you to make sense of the scriptable ASP objects that make the technology so powerful.
Though this isn't an object reference, the author explains the capabilities of each major server component and provides example code that uses many of them. That's the strongest aspect of this book, in fact--the excellent example code you can learn from and adapt to your purposes. --David Wall
Topics covered: Basics of ASP, VBScript, JScript, the ASP object model, server components, database connectivity, Visual InterDev, and popular ASP applications. --This...