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ASP.NET MVC 4 in Action Paperback – June 5, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1617290411 ISBN-10: 1617290416 Edition: Third Edition

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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; Third Edition edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617290416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617290411
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 1 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,002,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffrey Palermo began to use ASP.NET MVC and provide feedback to Microsoft about the product in 2007, more than a year before it was released. He began leading client projects using the technology in late 2008. Along with several editions of this ASP.NET MVC book, Jeffrey has written many articles on the topic and has presented at many conferences including Microsoft Tech Ed, VS Live, and DevTeach. Mr. Palermo is a cofounder of MvcContrib and COO of Headspring Systems in Austin, TX where the company runs a very popular MVC Boot Camp training class.

Jimmy Bogard oversees the technical design and architecture of solutions delivered, evaluating potential technologies and increasing awareness of technologies on the horizon. Jimmy has delivered solutions ranging from shrink-wrapped products to enterprise e-commerce applications for Fortune 100 customers. He is also a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) and is an active member in the .NET community. Jimmy is also a member of the ASPInsiders group, the C# Insiders

Eric Hexter is a veteran software developer and the Director for the Austin .NET Users group. Eric has run the Austin Code Camp, which is a one-day developer conference, since 2007. In addition to his position in the Austin .NET Users Group, Eric has held the following positions: INETA Membership Mentor for South Texas, ASPInsider, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in ASP.NET, and founder of the Community for MVC virtual usergroup. Eric speaks to user groups and at technology conferences around Texas and the U.S.

Matt Hinze is a programmer and software designer from Austin, Texas. He has successfully delivered technical courses to software developers since 2005. He is also a full-time developer working in the trenches on major software projects. Matt is an ASPInsider and Microsoft MVP for C#. Matt works at Sogeti on a large e-commerce implementation in Round Rock, and lives in the North Austin suburbs with his wife and son.

Jeremy Skinner is a UK-based software developer who has been working with the ASP.NET MVC Framework since its first public preview in late 2007 and has been developing applications with it ever since. Jeremy is also a member of the Microsoft ASP Insiders and is involved with several open-source projects including MvcContrib which provides extensions for ASP.NET MVC.


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NOT WORTH BUYING if you are competent in MVC3.
Daniel W. Arnold
So, I would work the methods trying to get them to work (spending more time fixing the issues than actually learning the material in the book).
Michael Freeman
It is the worst programming book I have ever read, what a waste of time.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ed N. on June 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
It would be nice if the source code examples work!!

I find myself having to go into the samples and correcting sloppy code else the examples will not work.

Come on guys you are suppose to be professionals !!

The content has some fluff, if you are familiar with MVC just be mindful to go towards the end of each chapter and look for the final code.

MVC4 and we are still talking about the history of MVC? Really?

CRUD includes Create, Update and Delete, this book seems to forget that in its discussions. The world is more then display and details guys.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michael Freeman on June 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is my first book review out of all the books that I have read, and I've read many. I normally don't review books, but this one I HAD to make an exception. I was really excited about this book coming out. I had originally ordered the MVC3 book from Manning, but then they told me that they were going to send me the MVC4 book - awesome!

After reading this book, I am more frustrated than before. This book was quickly written and sent to press before it's time - plain and simple. They just wanted to make a buck.

I could give you countless examples of what made me frustrated, but for the sake of time, I'm only going to give you two.

1. When working the code, you would work the example in the book, but then you would move on with countless errors in the code because Methods weren't completed and there was no mention in the book what to do, it just stopped. So, I would work the methods trying to get them to work (spending more time fixing the issues than actually learning the material in the book). Then, I download the source material and there were a lot more files for the program than the book let on. You need the source file to add to your program that the book is teaching you in order for you to see the outcome of the source code. If they would have told you that you needed a start set of files before you started to write the program, then maybe things might be different.

2. To add insult to injury, when you are working the program, you would find capitalization errors. The words were spelled correctly, but they were capitalized, so the word instead of being a variable, it was then turned into a class. Very frustrating.

If you need a MVC book, I would highly recommend that you get Adam Freeman's Pro ASP.NET MVC3 Framework, it is far better and at least his code is complete in the book. If you want to learn the MVC4 additional, I would recommend that you go to MVC's website and work the tutorials.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Tremblay on June 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
I waited a long time for the release of this book. The author was supposed to deliver an edition of MVC 3 but decided to wait for the version 4 of MVC. Now I understand why he waited and why he should have waited even more. There are only 20 pages MVC4. Less than 10 pages are devoted to web api and there is no mention of asynchronous tasks. You just have to googled 'MVC 4 new features' and you will have more information about the 'what's new' in 5 minutes than reading this entire book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel W. Arnold on June 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book thinking it would primarily cover the new features in MVC4. The book has some new content, but the authors were very lazy about its presentation, there is no indication of whether the feature you are reading about is new to MVC4. I was over half way through the book and MVC4 hadn't even been mentioned. I finally figured out why... The MVC4 content amounts to a few new chapters at the end of the book.

The new asynchronous controllers feature is not even mentioned in the book. They do cover Web API and new deployment features.

NOT WORTH BUYING if you are competent in MVC3.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Anderson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the first book available on MVC 4. I purchased the MEAP version when it was still going to cover MVC 3.

This book is ok, but just ok. It covers a lot of topics but I found that for most of them, it only covers part of them. That part may be just the beginning of the topic, or an advanced feature of the topic. Like I said they cover a lot of topics just not in a way I consider to be thorough.

Below are the chapters

PART 1 HIGH-SPEED FUNDAMENTALS
Introduction to ASP.NET MVC
Hello MVC world
View fundamentals
Action-packed controllers

PART 2 WORKING WITH ASP.NET MVC
View models
Validation
Ajax in ASP.NET MVC
Security
Controlling URLs with routing
Model binders and value providers
Mapping with AutoMapper
Lightweight controllers
Organization with areas
Third-party components
Data access with NHibernate

PART 3 MASTERING ASP.NET MVC
Extending the controller
Advanced view techniques
Dependency injection and extensibility
Portable areas
Full system testing
Hosting ASP.NET MVC applications
Deployment techniques
Upgrading to ASP.NET MVC 4
ASP.NET Web API

There is not very much on MVC 4, and the author's really dropped the ball covering the new mobile features.

I got all the samples working, but needed to fix a few things.

I would not buy this book for coverage of MVC 4. If you just want to know what you need to learn in order to master MVC with other resources, it is fine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Renso on July 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
I think the main reason for all the mistales in the book is that it was rushed to production too quickly. I agree that it will cause a lot of frustration, better wait for second edition...
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