Not a cookbook, a comprehensive review with depth
This book is way too intense to review from a content perspective here. suffice it to say that the breadth and depth are inspiring. core asp.net technologies are investigated in great depth, with a lot of focus on role-your-own extensibility options, even when that means coding. the later chapters serve as different creatures, and are more surface reviews of the newer technology families (well, new to asp) such as mvc, silverlight, and dynamic data. still, they are valuable, and each chapter does dare to dirty its hands in some sort of customization scenario to serve as an example for what lies beneath the surface. this is a core teaching text for a core technology. my only suggestion, really, would be that the next edition needs a little defragmenting, rethinking of overall structure and organization to reflect the latest state of the art.