Chapter 10, "Displaying Content Using Data Lists," examines the next logical step in working with data and ADO.NET. By using data lists you can present database data in a cleaner format as well as gaining a better understanding of data binding. Chapter 11, "Managing Content Using GridView and DetailsView," now takes on two more data presentation controls with the GridView which is used for displaying grids of data, and DetailsView which handling the details of a single grid item.
Chapter 12, "Advanced Data Access," explores some more advanced details that are involved in data access, retrieval, and manipulation. You will also look at working with the data source controls for direct data access. Chapter 13, "Security and User Authentication," shows you what you need to know to secure your web applications. You will look at the various models that are available as well as the membership model and login controls.
Chapter 14, "Working with Files and Email" now delves into accessing your servers file system. This includes the drives, files, and the network. You will also see how to send emails in ASP.NET. Chapter 15, "ASP.NET AJAX," finishes off the book by exploring the AJAX features that are built into ASP.NET. You will see the AJAX Control Toolkit and see how it can enhance exiting features.
Build Your Own ASP.NET 3.5 Website is a very comprehensive beginners guide to ASP.NET. It is well written and easy to understand. It covers the topics in a logical, orderly manner and gives an appropriate amount of background on each of the topics at hand.
Along with being good for the beginner, it is also appropriate for those who are coming from an alternative Web-based development platform and has the need to get up to speed in the ASP.NET platform. The book is filled with many tables and code examples that make for easier learning. My only complaint is the use of both C# and VB.NET. I say pick one. Personally I know both and can translate between the two easily. The other alternate is to have an edition of the most popular and offer a PDF version of the other either free or for a nominal fee.
Build Your Own ASP.NET 3.5 Website is for the developer who wants a more than basic look at ASP.NET. This book is for the inquisitive and industrious willing to put in the time and wanting to benefit from the experience. If you want a solid understanding of ASP.NET, then I recommend this book.