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Old 10-06-2009, 09:39   #1
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Cool Recommend: Small .NET book for the beach??

I'm after a small .NET book that I can take to the beach, ie. paperback size. Going away at the end of the month and it would be nice to get familiar with .NET, I've got all the textbooks but they're too big to take on holiday with me.

Obviously it won't cover everything but the basics + intermediate.

I'm currently learning, having only programmed in classic ASP before.

Any pointers would be nice.

PS I don't want a NETBOOK (already got one!)
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:56   #2
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I misread that and thought SAND !!!!
.NET is a tad large and realistically 400 pages is a small .NET book. Especially as it's basically one big library.
Or are you after something more specific such as asp.net ?
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:16   #3
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Well ASP.NET / C# specifically... don't want an eBook reader either..
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PDFs + access to free photocopier printing at work? You could double-size and reduce to get more pages per A4...
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Old 10-06-2009, 13:44   #5
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how about the SAMs teach yourself in 24hr series?

Get the ASP.Net one and the C# one??
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Old 10-06-2009, 14:06   #6
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TheoGB- have to pay for printing unfortunately..

peterdoherty - SAMs are big ass textbooks... i.e. too big to lug around with me.

Seems like this could be a lost cause, thought it might be actually.
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To be honest beebul you may have to reconsider your eligibility for The DVDForums: Any other member would look upon this as good reason to justify spending too much money on an ebook reader. Maybe some soul searching is in order?
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Old 10-06-2009, 14:49   #8
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TheoGB

Buying a new house so luxury purchases like eBook readers have been put on hold
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Sams in 24 hours books are big ? You must be looking for something of the size of Spots first ASP.NET book !!!!
Problem with computer books is after research you find most have bad reviews due to poor content and the few rated are a. expensive b. huge.
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Try an O'Reilly 'essentials' guide. I have a C# Essentials and it's not much bigger than a paperback book and not very thick. I can find this one:

.Net Framework Essentials

But it's 6 years old now. Certainly they're the size you want...
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Yeah I understand ian turner, my desk at work is stacked with computer books, I just thought seeing as I'm going to be sitting on a beach for 2 weeks I might get some research done.

I might just get the C# book then, thanks all
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PS I don't want a NETBOOK (already got one!)
Have to say when I saw the title I thougt perhaps Microsoft were getting into the Netbook market with some fancy cloud computing thing.

As you've allready got a netbook I guess you could get some PDF books or save stuff from some website and read it on that. Though obviously not very pleasant for reading "books" but computing books tend to be pretty hefty and also tend to be most useful if you can follow along the examples practically on a computer.

Incidentally as computing books tend to be quiet expensive anybody know of a cheap online retailer selling them heavily discounted ?
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How about this
Visual C# 2005: A Developer's Notebook

and this:
ASP.NET 2.0: A Developer's Notebook
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Hmm check out the reviews on the US website.
the C# is for those who have already learnt c# and just want to read about what is new in 2.0
Not sure about the asp.net one but might be the same
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Yeah I took an interest in those two when you put them up. The c# one gets good reviews but the ASP.Net one gets a mixed bag.

I think I'll get the c# one as we're just moving up to 2.0...

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