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Sebastopol, CA – Performance is critical to the success of any web site, and yet today’s web applications push browsers to their limits with increasing amounts of rich content and heavy use of Ajax. In his newest book, Even Faster Web Sites, (O’Reilly, US $34.99), Steve Souders, web performance evangelist at Google and former Chief Performance Yahoo!, provides valuable techniques to help you optimize your site’s performance. Souders’ previous book, the bestselling High Performance Web Sites, shocked the web development world by revealing that 80% of the time it takes for a web page to load is on the client side. In Even Faster Web Sites, Souders and eight expert contributors provide best practices and pragmatic advice for improving your site’s performance in three critical categories: JavaScript: Get advice for understanding Ajax performance, writing efficient JavaS... (more)

Murach’s ADO.NET 3.5, LINQ, and the Entity Framework with C# 2008

Mike Murach & Associates has just published a new, C# edition of their popular ADO.NET book. Entitled Murach’s ADO.NET 3.5, LINQ, and the Entity Framework with C# 2008, it covers what today’s C# developer needs to know to create database applications the way the best professionals do. Here are some highlights: #1: For rapid application development and prototyping… This book shows how to use the ADO.NET tools, like data sources and the DataGridView control, that enable developers to create working database applications in a minimum of time, with a minimum of coding. #2: For seriou... (more)

Book Review: SQL Server 2008 for Developers

As always, Murach publishing updates their books as and when a new version of the software is released. SQL Server 2008 for Developers is an updated book of its 2005 edition. The book consists of 22 chapters divided into five sections providing solid coverage of SQL Server 2008. The book looks similar to that of its 2005 edition except the content and syntaxes targets 2008. Inside the Book Section 1 provides a crisp introduction to relational databases including various SQL statements. It also demonstrates the usage of SQL with the help of an ADO.NET application. The section also... (more)

Rich Content Rotator for ASP.NET

Web developers are always on the lookout for great products to add dynamic effects to their Web pages. Dynamic pages, often called DHTML pages, make use of slide shows, random content rotation, and news scrollers, and are generally developed using languages such as Visual Basic, Java, JavaScript, and VBScript. Many developers also use Macromedia Flash and other animation tools. Although it is possible to create dynamic pages with these languages, developers face many challenges, such as cross-browser compatibility issues, complex code, high maintainability requirements, and slow ... (more)

Book Review: ASP.NET 2.0

ASP.NET developers are bored with traditional books that outline concepts in a lengthy way. These books are good if you like to learn the features in a detailed manner. However, by the time the book is read, a new version will be released. Hence, many learners including myself prefer short and succinct books that not only explain the topics in a user-friendly way, but also enable the reader to learn the concepts of the current technology before a new version is released. ASP.NET 2.0 – Your Visual Blueprint for Developing Web Applications is a book that examines ASP.NET 2.0 ... (more)