Desert Code Camp Wrap Up! by Spike Xavier

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Desert Code Camp Wrap Up! by Spike Xavier

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Added by September 17, 2007

Desert Code Camp 2007 was a resounding success!  Congratulations to Lauren and Scott and everyone who helped to make this such a wonderful event!

I would like to thank everyone who attended my presentation and as promised, here are my powerpoint slides and code files.

You should simply be able to open the folder codecamp2007 as a website.  The default.aspx page is the one with the master page attached.  You will have to go into the web.config and remove the entry which says: <pages styleSheetTheme="codecamp" /> if you want the theme disabled, then go ahead and re enter it in the same spot when you want to enable the theme.

This page has not been tested in FireFox yet so there might be some display things that come up, but it should be minor.

The text file is what I use to keep a running html if statement, it's not part of the web application, I just find it to be a useful way of doing it.

Many people have asked me about a book which I would reccomend and the absolute best book to be published as far as really helping you to learn is this one from Wrox:


Beginning CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design, 2nd Edition
by Richard York

The format is amazing with full color which really shows off some of the examples with astute clarity not available in a black and white book.  I especially like the sections on psuedo classes and selectors and he does a stellar job of pointing out which features of CSS are supported by which browsers.  He even has a section about referring to expressions right from within your CSS.  The book is noted as beginning, and i understand why since it starts at the beginning, however I must say that if you are a CSS expert you will also LOVE this book so it might just as well have been called beginning through advanced.  If you work through this book you will know CSS cold.  I highly reccomend this book.

Well that's it for now.  So many great sessions, Dan Wahlin's Silverlight, Mike Palermo's Code to not write code…my brain was hurting but in a good way.  I also attended an e commerce security session which made me want to get a job unloading trucks, but only for a couple of hours until I got to do some more code!

By the way, directly in line with the session and after you finish the book above, I highly reccomend this book as well which just came out from Wrox:


Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Design: CSS, Themes, and Master Pages
by Jacob J. Sanford

This book even includes a very helpful guide to Photoshop which can definitley get you started.  The book provides in depth explanations of setting up layouts and design using CSS for Master Pages and Themes.  The info in this book is awesome and I would reccomend it as a staple in any ASP.NET 2.0 and up's developer library.  If it seems like I'm super pro Wrox books, it's because  I am.  They rule.


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