In this post, we have prepared a curated top list of reading recommendations for beginners and experienced. This hand-picked list of the best ASP.NET books and tutorials can help fill your brain this April and ensure you’re getting smarter. We have also mentioned the brief introduction of each book based on the relevant Amazon or Reddit descriptions.
- 1. Beginning ASP.NET 4.5.1: in C# and VB (Wrox Programmer to Programmer) (2014)
- 2. Murach’s ASP.NET 4.6 Web Programming with C# 2015 (2016)
- 3. Pro ASP.NET Core MVC 2 (2017)
- 4. ASP.NET MVC 5 with Bootstrap (2015)
- 5. Beginning ASP.NET 4.5 in C# (Experts Voice in .Net) (2012)
- 6. ASP.NET Core 2.0 MVC & Razor Pages for Beginners: How to Build a Website (2017)
- 7. Professional ASP.NET MVC 5 (2014)
- 8. Beginning ASP.NET (2016)
- 9. Building Web Applications with Visual Studio 2017 (2017)
- 10. C# 7.1 and .NET Core 2.0 – Modern Cross-Platform Development – Third Edition (2017)
- 11. Beginning ASP.NET 4.5: in C# and VB (2012)
- 12. ASP.NET MVC 5 – Building a Website (2016)
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Build your ASP.NET 4.5.1 skills with real-world instruction.In this comprehensive guide to getting started with ASP.NET 4.5.1, best-selling author Imar Spaanjaars provides a firm foundation for coders new to ASP.NET and key insights for those not yet familiar with the important updates in the 4.5.1 release. Readers learn how to build full-featured ASP.NET websites using Visual Studio Express 2013 for Web, Microsoft’s free development tool for ASP.NET web applications.
Author(s): Imar Spaanjaars
If you know the basics of C#, you’re ready to learn to develop server-side web applications with ASP.NET Web Forms. Section 1 is a quick-start course in creating your first ASP.NET Web Forms applications using Visual Studio, with coverage of what HTML5/CSS3 and Bootstrap are doing on the client side…a course that works both for beginners and for experienced web developers who are new to ASP.NET.
Author(s): Anne Boehm, Mary Delamater
3. Pro ASP.NET Core MVC 2 (2017)
Now in its 7th edition, the best selling book on MVC is updated for ASP.NET Core MVC 2. It contains detailed explanations of the Core MVC functionality which enables developers to produce leaner, cloud optimized and mobile-ready applications for the .NET platform. This book puts ASP.NET Core MVC into context and dives deep into the tools and techniques required to build modern, cloud optimized extensible web applications. All the new MVC features are described in detail and the author explains how best to apply them to both new and existing projects.
Author(s): Adam Freeman
4. ASP.NET MVC 5 with Bootstrap (2015)
Author(s): Jamie Munro
This book is the most comprehensive and up to date introduction to ASP.NET ever written. Focussing solely on C#, with no code samples duplicated in other languages, award winning author Matthew MacDonald introduces you to the very latest thinking and best practices for the ASP.NET 4.5 technology. Assuming no prior coding experience, you’ll be taught everything you need to know from the ground up. Starting from first principals, you’ll learn the skills you need to be an effective…
Author(s): Matthew MacDonald
This book is primarily aimed at developers who want to learn how to build ASP.NET Core 2.0 MVC and Razor Page applications. You should be an intermediate level C# developer with some experience in HTML5 and CSS3. The C# language won’t be explained in any detail. You will learn ASP.NET Core 2.0 by building three applications. The first application will be built using an empty template, the second with the MVC template, and the third with Razor Pages.
Author(s): Jonas Fagerberg
7. Professional ASP.NET MVC 5 (2014)
ASP.NET MVC insiders cover the latest updates to the technology in this popular Wrox reference. MVC 5 is the newest update to the popular Microsoft technology that enables you to build dynamic, data-driven websites. Like previous versions, this guide shows you step-by-step techniques on using MVC to best advantage, with plenty of practical tutorials to illustrate the concepts. It covers controllers, views, and models; forms and HTML helpers; data annotation and validation…
Author(s): Jon Galloway, Brad Wilson
8. Beginning ASP.NET (2016)
The complete guide to the productivity and performance enhancements in ASP.NET. Beginning ASP.NET for Visual Studio 2015 is your ultimate guide to the latest upgrade of this historically popular framework. Fully updated to align with the vNext release, this new edition walks you through the new tools and features that make your workflow smoother and your applications stronger. You’ll get up to speed on the productivity and performance improvements, and learn how Microsoft has committed…
Author(s): William Penberthy
9. Building Web Applications with Visual Studio 2017 (2017)
Learn how to build web applications from three Microsoft MVPs. After building the data application layer using Entity Framework Core and a RESTful service using ASP.NET Core, you will then build the client side web application three ways: first, using ASP.NET Core, then using Angular 2, and, finally, using React. You will be able to compare and contrast these UI frameworks and select the best one for your needs. .NET Core is a complete rewrite of the popular .NET and its related frameworks. While many concepts are similar between .NET Core and the .NET 4.6 framework…
Author(s): Philip Japikse, Kevin Grossnicklaus
C# 7.1 and .NET Core 2.0 Modern Cross-Platform Development is a practical guide to creating powerful cross-platform applications with C# 7 and .NET Core 2.0. Build modern, cross-platform applications with .NET Core 2.0. Get up to speed with C#, and up to date with all the latest features of C# 7.1. Start creating professional web applications with ASP.NET Core 2.0. This book is for those of you who have some prior programming experience or have a science, technology, engineering…
Author(s): Mark J. Price
11. Beginning ASP.NET 4.5: in C# and VB (2012)
The ultimate programming guide to ASP.NET 4.5, by popular author and Microsoft MVP Imar Spaanjaars.Updated for ASP.NET 4.5, this introductory book is filled with helpful examples and contains a user-friendly, step-by-step format. Written by popular author and Microsoft ASP.NET MVP Imar Spaanjaars, this book walks you through ASP.NET, Microsoft’s technology for building dynamically generated web pages. This edition retains the highly accessible approach to building the Planet Wrox website…
Author(s): Imar Spaanjaars
12. ASP.NET MVC 5 – Building a Website (2016)
Author(s): Jonas Fagerberg
Best Books to Help You Learn ASP.NET
We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some ASP.NET books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.
ASP.NET Core 2 Fundamentals
Author(s): Mugilan T. S. Ragupathi
ID: 2307787, Publisher: Packt Publishing, Year: August 2018, Size: 9 Mb, Format: epub
Learn ASP.NET Core 3
Author(s): Jason De Oliveira, Michel Bruchet, Et al
ID: 2462695, Publisher: Packt Publishing, Year: 27 Dec 2019, Size: 19 Mb, Format: pdf
ASP.NET Core 5 and React
Author(s): Carl Rippon
ID: 2873776, Publisher: Packt Publishing, Year: 2021, Size: 19 Mb, Format: epub
Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really chart-busters according to Chicago Tribune, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.