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peterknapp September 12th, 2005 09:58 AM

Bought the wrong book?
 
We just bought ASP.NET 1.1 with Visual C# .NET 2003 because we bought Visual C# and we want to develop web applications.

Turns out the examples and directions in the book refer to Web Matrix, not Visual C#. I may, as a beginner, have got this wrong but the first simple example wont run after a good deal of code checking etc.

Have we bought the wrong book, or are we expected to leave Visual C# alone and install Web Matrix instead? If thats the case then to be honest I feel mislead by the title of the book. If Ive got that wrong, Wrox, then please accept my apologies.



jminatel September 12th, 2005 10:20 AM

Hi Peter. Sorry about the confusion on this. We've had questions about this topic for both the C# version of the book and the VB version. I've posted a link to the discussion where the authors discuss this here, so you can at least easily see the authors' previous answers on this. If you still have questions or comments, please reply again.

http://p2p.wrox.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=10366

Additionally, you'll find that all the code examples work just as well with Visual C# as they do with Web Matrix.


Jim Minatel
Senior Acquisitions Editor
Wiley Technology Publishing
WROX Press
Blog: http://wroxblog.typepad.com/
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peterknapp September 13th, 2005 03:51 AM

Jim

I have read the topic thread you directed me to, and I understand the points made there, however we are in the same position we were in yesterday. We bought Visual Studio, Visual C# to be more exact, and we bought a book entitled Beginning ASP.NET 1.1 with Visual C# .NET 2003. When I examine the book more closely it does mention Web Matrix on the back cover and throughout, but standing in a bookshop with Microsoft Press's offering in one hand and the Wrox in the other I made my choice by examining the Contents pages, and by skimming a few pages... probably a very common procedure the world over. I bring the book back to my team, and its returned to me within minutes with a report that it doesnt refer to how to work with Visual Studio.

I dont doubt that the code examples work with Visual Studio but we are BEGINNERS, having left Delphi to one side and embraced Microsofts web development offering.

Why would we install Web Matrix, learn its operation, and then go back to Visual Studio only to stumble through its procedures?

In the UK we paid £26.99 for this book, probably close to $40 US so its not a fortune, but my team is not happy and therefore Ive let them down and so Im not happy.

Sorry Jim, but this one's a dissatisfied customer, we will go back out today and buy the Microsoft version.

Regards

Peter



jminatel September 13th, 2005 11:20 AM

Peter: Sorry we disappointed you on this one and if there's confusion, I shoulder the blame for it. I know this doesn't help you any with the current edition, but this feedback from other customers was something we discussed at length when planning the 2.0 book. On the next editions, based on ASP.NET 2.0, the ASP.NET 2.0 Visual development tool (Visual Web Developer) is now part of Visual Studio, so we avoid this problem going forward.

Jim Minatel
Senior Acquisitions Editor
Wiley Technology Publishing
WROX Press
Blog: http://wroxblog.typepad.com/
Jim's Book of the week: No book this week - Donate to the Red Cross!


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