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ASP.NET 3.5 Website Programming Problem - Design - Solution Coming Soon

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 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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    1. Bryan Willman avatar

      Hey, why are code examples in VB.Net? I think C# is more popular. Perhaps, you might consider offering two versions of the book.

      Bryan Willman — February 2, 2009 2:57 PM
    2. Lee Dumond avatar


      I wish the book were being done in C# too, but that was the author's choice, not mine. Chris is much more comfortable working in VB I think.

      At least this time there should be versions in both languages immediately available when the book is released.

      Lee Dumond — February 2, 2009 4:04 PM
    3. jack avatar

      This was rather disappointing reading for me :(

      I have been looking foreword for the 3.5 version of this amazing book, but now i don't think i will bye it. Making a book in VB and not C# is in itself to downgrade the book.

      I agree with Bryan, you should consider offering the book in two versions a VB and a C#. I'm not going to buy this book if it's written for VB but count me in as a buyer if it's made available in C# :)

      jack — March 4, 2009 11:22 AM
    4. Lee Dumond avatar


      You're preaching to the choir, my friend. I pushed for a C# version, but unfortunately the publisher and author don't agree.

      I feel their thinking is that more VB devs don't know C#, but most C# devs know both, which is in fact probably true.

      Anyway, I suggest you let your thoughts be known by posting on the Wrox forum:

      Lee Dumond — March 4, 2009 11:38 AM
    5. VINKAS Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. avatar

      Hi Bryan Willman easiest code language in .net. C# is great. But also.

      VINKAS Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. — April 27, 2009 1:26 AM
    6. Deon avatar

      Having ordered this book many months ago on I have just cancelled it after finding out it is only to be printed in VB.NET

      Changing the language now is like changing the lead actor in the follow up of a great movie like e.g. Bourne Identity....Totally ruins it...Whoever made this decision didn't think it through. Really disappointed.... :-(

      The least they should have done was stick with C# for all those that bought the 1st book and then possibly bring it out as well in VB.NET for those who may want it who these days aren't that many speaking as an IT-Contractor....

      Deon — September 6, 2009 9:19 AM
    7. Lee Dumond avatar

      For those who may be interested, I have heard there are discussions underway for an ASP.NET 4.0 Problem - Design - Solution book, and it is my understanding that it will be written in C# and feature an entirely new application.

      Still early though, so don't hold me to that. ;)

      Lee Dumond — September 6, 2009 9:44 AM

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