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ISBN-13: 978-0672329982 ISBN-10: 0672329980 Edition: 1st
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Stephen Walther has lived a year in Borneo, taught classes on metaphysics at Harvard and MIT, helped found two successful startups, and has run a training and consulting company. He currently is a Program Manager on the Microsoft ASP.NET team where he works on the Microsoft Ajax framework. He has spoken at numerous conferences including PDC, MIX, TechEd, ASP.NET Connections, and VSLive.
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  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (July 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672329980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672329982
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #798,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Walther is a Microsoft Software Legend. He worked as a Program Manager on the ASP.NET team at Microsoft where he was responsible for making the ASP.NET Framework compliant with Web Standards such as XHTML and Accessibility standards.

Through his companies SuperexpertTraining.com and SuperexpertConsulting.com, he has provided consulting and training services for companies across the United States including NASA, the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Verizon, the US House of Representatives, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Petco, and The Gap.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jason Baisden on January 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
Disclosure: I do not own this book, but the review is based on reading the first 4 chapters from my Safari subscription.

This book is a really, really great starting point for learning ASP .NET MVC. An important caveat is that you need to do the NERD DINNER tutorial first before ANYTHING! I'm real particular about my learning style and had baulked at the mere 10 reviews the book had received, but really, don't let that dissuade. This is a great book and the author breaks things down into easy to understand chunks. I will say that he isn't as detailed as the Nerddinner tutorial in explaining the Visual Studio features for adding Views & Controllers, but the description's for doing so should suffice.

Some people may not like that the code examples are in both C# & VB .NET; however, I don't mind this. It certainly adds to the size of the book, but I haven't found many books going through this stuff and showing VB .NET code, so that can only be a plus. Another gotcha is the book uses the Entity Framework for data access. I don't mind this since I haven't had exposure to it, but I think that might turn off some people. To be perfectly honest, I don't think there's a book that explains the basics of ASP .NET MVC in conjunction with NHibernate or ORM's outside of LINQ to SQL or Entity Framework. I did look at ASP.Net MVC in Action on Safari and I can tell you that it is definitely not a starter book; however, if you want exposure to using third party frameworks with ASP .NET MVC, that might be your book.

Okay after making to about chapter 19, I've come back to this review and bumped it down to 4 stars. My main bother here is that there isn't a published errata and their needs to be one. Thankfully, this doesn't come into play until Chapter's 17 & 19.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Akash Aggarwal on December 21, 2009
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I own asp.net mvc in action as well as this book but I have to say this is much more organised in terms of flow and explanation. Small pieces of code to illustrate each concept works great for me. On contrary, asp.net mvc in action talks of a code camp app and might not be the first book you want to read since you might get lost if you are new to MVC. Nothing against asp.net mvc in action since it is a good book as well but you will grasp much more if you read this first and then dive into "in action".
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Wahlin on August 15, 2009
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I've always been a fan of Stephen Walther's [...]Unleashed book (arguably one of the most popular[...]books ever) and his latest [...]Unleashed book doesn't disappoint. As with his previous book, Stephen takes the time to walk through a lot of nice details that other books tend to skip over such as creating data repository classes and interfaces, integrating data repositories into controllers, tips and tricks that can be used during unit testing, building custom HTML helper classes, [...]using caching, adding jQuery into the mix, plus much more.

If you're interested in a book written by someone who really understands how to explain technology and who knows the [...]framework inside and out then I'd highly recommend getting this book. Stephen Walther knows his stuff and explains the technology in a way that's easy to digest. Code samples are provided in both C# and Visual Basic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rune Rindel Hansen on May 19, 2010
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This is an OK ASP.NET MVC book. The structure of the book is that first Stephen describes various features of the ASP.NET MVC framework with shorter code examples and then in the later 6 chapters of the book we are building a larger blog application. I think the idea of first decribing the ASP.NET MVC features in shorter code examples and then later employing them in a larger app is good. It makes it easier to understand. All the way through the book Stephen is consistently testing his code with Visual Studio Unit Testing, so it's cool that you also get an introduction to this practice. When we are building the blog app in the second part of the book, Stephen is practicing Test Driven Development. Her start each chapter with some user stories (Use cases) which he wants to implement. The initial tests he then also generates from the user stories. So it's also cool to get an introduction to TDD. Stephen is an OK teacher. I think it's cool how he ties use cases, to tests to coding. The picture Stephen is painting is simple and clear. One drawback to the book is that Stephen is using some projects (RouteDebugger and MvcFakes) for test and debugging, which he don't explain the code of. It maybe falls outside the scope of the book, but I think I would have liked to understand how the codes of these projects worked. The book is a rather quick and light read. If you pick this book up to get introduced to the ASP.NET MVC framework you will be OK.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Omar Mefire on October 26, 2010
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this book is really great for any one who wants not only to learn ASP.NET MVC but also apply it to real world projects.
the author even describes how to implement real world design patterns and how to produce neat code. I really love that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on March 31, 2010
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I typically do not review books as a) I feel often very unqualified to do so and b) most of the books I buy already have tons of comments. This book, however, is so good and has helped me so much that I felt it was time to go "out of the norm" and post a review. I first bought Palermo's book and while it's thorough, it dived into topics that were out of scope for the title and also over my head. While I've been developing ASP.NET since it's inception I haven't had the time to dive into some of the third-party tools and methodologies that Palermo's book relished in. Walther's video tutorials offered much more "beginner's guidance" and then escalated and built upon each other. So I took not such a large gamble and bought Walther's book. This turned out to be a very great decision. He has helped move me from the ASP.NET mindset and into an MVC one. He does eventually get to some of the complexities that Palermo's book offers but only after he has primed you for it and shown you the basics. Great job Mr. Walther and keep putting them out there. I will keep your name on my radar when seeking another technical book.
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