Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 4 is a well-written guide to the architecture and implementation of Microsoft’s ASP.NET platform. It would be most useful to experienced ASP.NET developers as it does not cover the basics of ASP.NET, and does require the use of a modern Microsoft operating system (Windows 7, etc) to perform any “hands on” activities.
Developers who are currently using “classic” ASP.NET techniques may wish to read this book for a view of at least one view of the platform’s future, that is a movement away from forms and toward model-view-controller (MVC). The author lays out his reasoning in a logical manner and explores the justifications as to why Web Forms, while not quite dead yet, may not be the foundation you should choose for your next project.
For those who are happy with Forms/classic, the book still provides good, in-depth walkthroughs of the anatomy and function of ASP.NET. Architects would probably find this a must-read, and it could be useful to technical project managers who deal with Microsoft platforms.
Dino Esposito is, as usual, an engaging author who has a knack of making this material, which can admittedly be dry, into an enjoyable read. I have several of his earlier works and usually retain them as reference materials after the first read; this book should follow that pattern as well.