- HTTP Request and Response
- The ASP.NET framework
- Visual Studio/Visual Web Developer
- C# or VB (or both)
- OOP basics
- Database design and querying
And finally, how they all come together within an application.
For the beginner, this usually involves collecting a range of books, or trawling a bunch of specialist tutorial sites, each covering one or more related technologies. The problem is that most beginner ASP.NET books ignore the fundamentals of how the web works, or cover their topic with examples in just one language. If you spend any time answering beginner questions in ASP.NET forums or newsgroups, you know that questions cover a much larger spread of technologies such as the list I outlined.
When it comes to coverage of databases, Imar doesn't just explain data access technologies, he also adds an invaluable appendix which covers installing and configuring SQL Server - the source of so many questions. Read this appendix and wonder no more! Added to this is an excellent introduction to debugging both server-side and client-side code with Visual Web Developer. So many questions can be answered just by following this section of the book and truly understanding what is happening with your code.
If you have Imar's previous version covering ASP.NET 3.5, this book doesn't add enough to warrant purchasing it. However, if you are new to ASP.NET web development, and you want to know what you should learn to become an accomplished ASP.NET developer, the answer is not to post a question to a forum - just by this book. It delivers everything.