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Pro ASP.NET MVC Framework (Expert's Voice in .NET) 1st ed. 2009. Corr. 3rd printing 2009 Edition
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Steven has led Red Gate's web development team, and spends his free time blogging and keeping up to speed with the latest technology developments. He's followed the ASP.NET MVC framework since its inception and frequently participates in online discussions with its core developers at Microsoft.
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It was like night and day. This book is, simply put, perfect. I could not put it down. Sanderson does such a magnificent job at taking the reader from "Hello, MVC" all the way through fairly advanced application concepts that I have a whole new threshold for what a "good" programming book is.
Throughout the book, he does a wonderful job of keeping true to good, solid principles of design, using proven patterns of Test-Driven Design, Domain Modeling, and Dependency Injection; but (to borrow another reviewer's term) never from an "ivory tower" perspective. His approach is always well-grounded in real developer concerns and application needs.
I sincerely hope this isn't Mr. Sanderson's last programming book.
The book starts off by walking you through the creation of an e-commerce website that introduces you to the necessary features of the ASP.NET MVC Framework in a very logical, systematic, and friendly way. This is perfect for hitting the ground running without be overloaded with a lot of low-level details that don't make sense at the moment. You create product catalog pages, a shopping cart, administration pages, etc. Along the way you are gently introduced to some C# 3.0 language features used in the book, unit testing and mocking, using LINQ To SQL in a code-first approach and in a semi-POCO manner, and Domain-Driven Design concepts. It is a very easy, thought-provoking way to learn the ASP.NET MVC Framework.
The second part of the book gives you the deep level of understanding to master the ASP.NET MVC Framework by introducing the "pipeline" of ASP.NET MVC Requests and then breaking it up into pieces for further digesting. It is fantastic how the author truly explains what is happening, when it happens, and how you can leverage and customize each piece to bend the ASP.NET MVC Framework to your will. If you are a big fan of extensibility like I am, the examples of extending the MVC Framework are worth the price of the book alone.
If that isn't enough, there are several practical examples in the book on CAPTCHA, generating RSS Feeds, and creating tamper-proof confirmation links with HMAC Codes. The section on security is a must-read and shows you various ways to avoid Cross-Site Scripting and HTML Injection, Session Hijacking, Cross-Site Request Forgery.
I can't say enough positive things about the book. It is truly well-written and the book I keep within arm's reach at my desk.
Steve's book is perfect for developers who want to dive into ASP.NET MVC and use it for real-world professional projects.
Early in the book he introduces and explains unit testing and loosely coupled design concepts (POCO classes, dependency injection, inversion of control, etc), and demonstrates how to use them when building a small ASP.NET MVC application. If you are new to these concepts I think you'll find Steve's walkthrough of them easy to follow and understand, and nicely grounded in the context of real-world ASP.NET MVC application usage.
The second half of the book goes into great depth on ASP.NET MVC features and does a phenomenal job explaining how to take maximum advantage of them. He delivers a nice mixture of feature-usage information combined with practical advice on how to best take advantage of the features, pitfalls to avoid with them, and why things work the way they do.
All in all an amazingly good book. I highly recommend it.
The MVC framework
How to use Dependency Injection
Excellent software development practices and building flexible software.
Mr. Sanderson has been rigorous in explaining the ins and outs of the framework.
My honest suggestion is to download the Nerd Dinner pdf file, blaze through that to get your feet wet (it should only take you a few hours) and then read this book cover to cover. You will not regret it. Nerd Dinner is great and should be the starting place for an intro to ASP.net MVC, but this is what you need to put production code in the wild.
Image my surprise when I found out that ASP.NET MVC was actually about programming software, and even better, in a manner that allows and even encourages test driven design!
Reading through the book it was clear that the author is a true agilist with a very good grasp on what it means to write robust, future proof software. Besides that, he also knows his MVC. Using the 'obligatory' web shop example in the first chapters, he smoothly guides you through ASP.NET MVC in a very clear manner, taking the time to explain it all in just enough but not too much detail. Every page of these first few chapters contains valuable information and by the time you have reached chapter 7 you will have touched everything ASP.NET MVC has to offer you. The second part of the book really goes under the hood, explaining in intimate detail the intricacies of each part of MVC (Model, View, Controller) but also important concepts as security and vulnerability, configuring and deploying are thoroughly discussed. Top it all off with some ajax and useful features to reuse from the 'old' ASP.NET and what you end up with is a book that is well written, well paced and well worth your money!
I'm not saying I never want to go back to writing 'embedded software', but this book has shown me that web application development using ASP.NET MVC is just as enjoyable!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very good book. The examples are in C# language however. This book covers everything for web development. It also includes Automated Test examples. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Natosports
This is the first book I picked up to learn .NET MVC.
The author holds your hands and together you slowly build this amazing ecommerce application. Read more
This book is a rarity in the realm of technical books. Most books I have read just go over the features of "how to do things" and eliminated the context of why we are actually... Read morePublished on April 24, 2011 by Michael Brown
I echo the other one star and two star ratings: replaces core MVC framework with his own versions. Not very useful for a learner. Read morePublished on January 27, 2011 by Timothy French
Its redundant 2nd edition is out, by the time I checked this and went back to cancel it with amazon page loading taking an age it was filled #*&^$#% aaaaaarghPublished on September 15, 2010 by Caught By How slow Amazon is
The author has done a superb job of putting together a work that includes the right combination of experience, knowledge, and writing style. Read morePublished on August 5, 2010 by G. Askew
One of the best books I have read so far.
Very simple language, straight forward examples, made me a huge of fan of ASP.NET MVC. Read more
This is a great second MVC book. What I mean is that it's not the best book to start with. As another reviewer said, it is the next logical step after the NerdDinner tutorial. Read morePublished on June 11, 2010 by A. DiMauro
I went with this over the In Action book, and I'm pleased. The example application is real-world enough not to skip over issues that will come up in actual use. Read morePublished on June 7, 2010 by David W. Martines