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[Edited 4/19]
OK, this was originally my posting of the book's introduction. But as the spirited discussion has gone off really on a tangent, and since I don't want to play the evil role of forum censor, I think the softest approach is what I'm doing here: I've edit my original post and moved it to the book forum with all of the responses intact and I'll repost the introduction.
[edited 4/20] Sorry for the confusion that my splitting of the topic caused!

Here's the section that sparked the discussion:
Whom This Book Is For
This book is for anyone who wants to learn how to build rich and interactive web sites that run on the Microsoft platform. With the knowledge you gain from this book, you create a great foundation to build any type of web site, ranging from simple hobby-related web sites to sites you may be creating for commercial purposes.
Anyone new to web programming should be able to follow along because no prior background in web development is assumed. The book starts at the very beginning of web development by showing you how to obtain and install Visual Web Developer. The chapters that follow gradually introduce you to new technologies, building on top of the knowledge gained in the previous chapters.
Do you have a strong preference for Visual Basic over C# or the other way around? Or do you think both languages are equally cool? Or maybe you haven't made up your mind yet and want to learn both languages? Either way, you'll like this book because all code examples are presented in both languages!
Even if you're already familiar with previous versions of ASP.NET, with the 1.x versions in particular, you may gain a lot from this book. Although many concepts from ASP.NET 2.0 are brought forward into ASP.NET 3.5, you'll discover there's a host of new stuff to be found in this book, including an introduction to LINQ, the new CSS and JavaScript debugging tools, new ASP.NET controls, and integrated support for ASP.NET Ajax.

Jim Minatel
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Wiley Technology Publishing
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