Learning ASP.net 3.5 or Programming ASP.net 3.5?

I am a PHP web developer. I used to use ASP Classic. Which of these two books would be better to learn ASP.net: Learning ASP.net 3.5 or Programming ASP.net 3.5?
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  • Hi Paul,

    I would guess that Learning ASP.NET 3.5 would be a better fit for you.

    The Learning series is targeted at developers who are new to a specific technology, though not new to development, while the Programming series is meant to give developers a thorough knowledge of a technology they are already somewhat familiar with.

    Here's a section from the Learning that should help clarify the distinction between the two books:

    ...Learning ASP.NET 3.5, is intended for beginning ASP.NET developers, and answers the question, "What is the quickest way for me to build real web applications with the least amount of coding?"

    Our other book, Programming ASP.NET, is for developers who are saying: "Help me learn in depth—show me how everything works, and then help me put it to work in web applications." The key difference is this book is aimed to make you productive quickly, while the second book is designed to explore the technology in more depth. They complement each other, but if you are starting out and want to get to work fast, this is the one for you.

    Learning ASP.NET 3.5 assumes you know some HTML and have some familiarity with Visual Basic 2008 (VB) or C#, or can pick up what you need along the way (or you're willing to run right out and buy Programming Visual Basic 2008 by Tim Patrick [O'Reilly], although for what you'll be doing here, you won't really need it). To help with this, we have included VB Cheat Sheets throughout the book to explain and clarify some of the VB topics for newbies.


    And more from the Programming introduction:

    this book is aimed at those with at least a basic knowledge of development with ASP.NET who want to explore it in more depth. It is a way marker, mapping out and describing the various aspects of development with ASP.NET to a point where the reader has enough knowledge of it to understand what he can do and how to strike out on his own to deeper, more involved areas of the topic.

    With this in mind, Programming ASP.NET 3.5 is not aimed specifically at the total newcomer to ASP.NET development, though arguably newcomers may gain the most from it over a period of time. Nor is it targeted at the ASP.NET guru who wants in-depth knowledge of operations at the protocol level, although we hope there are a few nuggets in here that such readers didn't already know, and that they may choose to use this book as a handy fallback if their memory fails them.


    I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any more questions.

    Rachel James
    O'Reilly Media, Inc.
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