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ASP.NET MVC in Action 1st Edition

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About the Author

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.



BEN SCHEIRMAN is a Microsoft MVP, Microsoft ASP Insider, and Certified Scrum Master. He is Director of Development for ChaiONE in Houston, TX.



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

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Product Details

  • Series: In Action
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (October 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933988622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933988627
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,229,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book delivers the "how." Whereas so many books show the mechanics of MVC, this book shows you how to drive this implementation of the framework to it's limits. It's the difference between being taught the rules of football and being taught how to win a game; the difference between knowing how to turn on a light saber and knowing how to use the force.

Don't use this book for an intro to MVC. Use the free chapter of the nerd dinner book for that. That's a great intro. Use the web itself to research the mechanics of how the web works. Then pick up this book and be prepared to work *hard* chewing slowly and digesting each section as you let it change the way you think. Don't let the mere 350 pages fool you (when compared with other 600-700 page Goliaths); this book is content-rich. In the same way that the lessons of a truly great coach extend into so many non-sports areas of his/her players' lives, the ideas and knowledge expressed in this book extend well beyond ASP.Net MVC and push us forward into becoming better developers in any technology.
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The ASP.NET MVC framework was just released as a preview when I started to write my first book (ASP.NET 3.5 Social Networking). In the early days of design decisions for my book I was faced with the problem of building with the MVP pattern or the new MVC pattern/framework. At that time there was next to nothing regarding the use of the ASP.NET MVC framework (proper or improper).

Shortly after I got started with my project (which I chose to do in MVP) I was asked to do a review for the ASP.NET MVC in Action book. I gladly accepted and started to read as Jeffrey Palermo, Ben Scheirman, and Jimmy Bogard explored the world of ASP.NET MVC offerings. I thought that they did a very good job of describing how Microsoft meant you to use the new framework and a better job of describing how to break beyond the limitations of the current offerings. They go above and beyond to describe best practices early on.

I must say that this is one of the few books that I have ever read cover to cover so many times! With each review of the book I went through each chapter to find any updates. As this book was being written several new CTP's of the ASP.NET MVC framework were released. With each of the CTP releases came a new rendering of the book. It was quite fun to see how quickly things changed over the year that this book was written.

Finally having the final review in my hands and being so very familiar with it's content, I have to say that of all the books on the ASP.NET MVC framework the ASP.NET MVC in Action book should be at the top of your list for things to purchase in the upcoming months. At a quick glance this book covers all things relating to ASP.NET MVC and then some. This book is not just a regurgitation of MSDN or other resource as so many books are these days.
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I found the book very helpful. However, it is not a beginner's book. The authors have a lot of knowledge about MVC and how to effectively use it. But the reader has to dig into the downloaded source code to obtain a lot of that knowledge. I would have preferred a more detailed text instead.
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I found this book hard to read and sure enough, a number of people have left similar comments. I feel that this book could have been much better had the authors spent more time (and added more pages) on topics they seem to breeze over rather quickly.

There's definitely a lot of information in this; but unless you're already familiar with what's going on in the community, you might struggle. You might say, "Well yah, this book is written for advanced users!" If that were the case, then I probably wouldn't need this book; it's written more like a contemporary digest of community happenings.
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I thought I was really suffering from ADD while reading this book until I read the other reviewers comments. This book is ALL over the place. I hate the newest trend of technical authors that use the all-too-common cop-out of "this is beyond the scope of this book." If that's the case, that's fine, but don't use it for every single thing that you mention...otherwise you need to refine the focus of your book so you don't have to mention these concepts that you're not going to explain anyway. At one point the authors go so far as to say that they'd rather not fully explain something to force the readers to discover on their own...???...ummm, if I wanted to do that, I'd dig through all the wikis and blogs and documentation by myself and not read their book...

I was tricked into thinking the book would be a good addition to my library when I skimmed over the first five chapters. These introductory chapters covered the basics - introducing the concepts and the components (ch 1) - i.e., how to click through the wizard in Visual Studio to create a new MVC application, the model (ch 2), the controller (ch 3), the view (ch 4) and how routing works (ch 5). At this point I was thinking to myself - "alright, we've introduced the basic ideas, now let's get down to business and start building some cool stuff..." Although the first five chapters were heavily influenced with technologies that evolved in the MvcContrib project, I forgave them this during the intro because they promised to later dig deeper, but they must have forgotten the shovel because it was at this point that the train went off the tracks...

Chapters 6 - 13 - just started digging a hole without any details.
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