As I'm sure many are aware, the long-awaited sequel to ASP.NET 2.0 Website Programming Problem - Design - Solution -- interestingly enough entitled ASP.NET 3.5 Website Programming Problem - Design - Solution -- has already been announced by Wrox Publishing.
Although Amazon is showing a tentative release date of February 24, 2009, the publisher's site (at Wiley.com) is showing April 2009, which I suspect may be a little more accurate, based on the progress I've seen thus far.
The book is being updated by Chris Love from original author Marco Bellinaso's text. I'm serving as Technical Editor for the project.
EDIT: I was originally assigned as technical editor of this project. However, after several months of delays, I eventually left that assignment. I want to make it clear that I am not and was not affiliated with this project in any way, and have nothing to do with how this book turned out.
I can't give too much away right now, but what follows are a few sneak peeks I can provide. (Keep in mind that all of this is subject to change.)
- The new book is using the same TheBeerHouse application you know and love (new and improved of course), featuring ASP.NET AJAX, and with an ADO.NET Entity Framework backend.
- The code examples are all being presented in Visual Basic this time. The code download, however, will be available in both VB.NET and C# versions right up front.
- Hopefully, the UI should be much, much improved. I expect much more attention will be paid to proper semantics, web standards, accessibility, and modern CSS techniques for styling and layout
- Greatly improved search engine optimization
- FaceBook, MySpace, Twitter, and YouTube support.
- Photo galleries and an true event calendar will be added
- Most of the stuff from the last edition will be retained, including articles, polls, eCommerce store, forums, newsletters, Web Parts, localization, and deployment.
There are, in fact, two BeerHouse-based books in progress right now -- this one, and ASP.NET MVC Website Programming Problem - Design - Solution by Nicholas Berardi and Al Katawazi, which as the name implies will focus mainly on retooling TheBeerHouse using ASP.NET MVC. I don't think that one's listed on Amazon yet, but look for it sometime in early 2009 as well (or shortly after ASP.NET MVC ships. whichever comes last).
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