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I'm an accountant by trade (CPA). Except for basic computer skills, I have no web development skills.

I want to start learning ASP.NET. Before I start, what subjects must I study to get up to speed? Thanks.

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Understanding of HTML and general programming are very helpful, but not explicitly necessary. The Visual Studio tools for building web apps have lots of features designed to abstract away the knowledge of programming to build web sites. However, as you start to build more complicated sites you'll need to understand the underlying system better. Many of the Wrox beginners books are designed for people who have very little programming skills.

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This sounds like an excellent moment to plug my new book, Beginning ASP.NET 3.5 with VB and C#, found here: http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-ASP-.../dp/047018759X

The book assumes no prior knowledge, and gradually introduces you to (X)HTML, CSS, VB / C# (the book covers both languages) and JavaScript. It also introduces you to concepts like Ajax, databases and web services.

With this book, you should be able to start from scratch, learning how to build database driven ASP.NET web sites in 18 chapters.

Obviously, I am biased, but still..... ;)

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Thanks, guys.

You know, I came across the term "ASP.NET" in a recent New York Times article. In the article, the journalist kept referring to ASP.NET as a programming language. Really? After some searching online (read the wikipedia article), I learned that it's NOT a programming language, rather an (exciting) new technology, instead! You'd think the NYT would have had the foresight to assign a journalist with a modicum of web development knowledge.

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p.s. Imar, I eagerly await the arrival of your book. I just purchased it via amazon.ca. In the meantime I'll read up on (X)HTML, etc.



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I think it's quite a common mistake to confuse ASP.NET and programming languages. Indeed, a "technology" is the best way to refer to it. But, I guess it's easy to make that mistake given that programming languages are so vital in ASP.NET.
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With the release of 3.5 I don't know that we can still refer to .NET as a "new" technology when referring to the Framework as a whole, although each release contains new and exciting enhancements.

In so far as NYT, one of my first jobs as a programmer was for a Medium sized newspaper and just because XYZ Reporter is working a tech piece doesn't necessarily mean that they are even remotely intimate with what they are reporting on. I am not making excuses for the NYT but I can see how technology reporter could make the mistake of calling ASP.NET a language as opposed to a technology.

Lastly, something you may to consider is buying a subscription to wrox.books24x7.com since it would grant you access to a large portion of the Wrox library. Depending on how long it takes you to work through a book you may get more bang for your buck with this service. (I can only assume that Imar's new book will be put into the system but it is a great resource none the less)

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