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Pro ASP.NET 4 CMS: Advanced Techniques for C# Developers Using the .NET 4 Framework (Expert's Voice in .NET) Paperback – June 21, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in .NET
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (June 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430227125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430227120
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,862,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Harris is a web and application developer living in Arlington, Virginia. He has worked at more than a few organizations using .NET to create enterprise solutions since the glory days of version 1.1, and can still browse to some of the oldest ones. Aside from working at his desk, he spends most of his time studying Krav Maga and writing music.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mstechnewbie on February 8, 2011
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Firstly, let me say that this review is based upon a cursory reading and review of the book. In other words, I have not sat down in front of Visual Studio to develop any of the examples presented in the book, nor taken a glance at the source code associated with the book. Given that understanding, let me start with what I find good about the book. The book does its job well as described on the cover to teach "the latest features of .NET 4 to build powerful ASP.NET web applications." For example, as described also in the Product Description, above, it does teach how to use P/LINQ, DLR, MEF, IronPython, Axum, and AJAX. I did not see much on MVC, though, other than a brief introduction to the technology in chapter 1. The book also provides and in-depth discussion of "distributed caching via memcached," as described in What you'll learn, above.

Where the book falls short, really short, is that it doesn't teach almost anything, other than a very high-level overview of some of the concepts and very brief database design to support the Content Management System (CMS). All examples seem to be based on a hardcoded page that includes some HTML that is supposed to be representative of some content. More pages are spent on implementing tagging, than on anything that I think would be associated with a CMS. In the chapter on MEF, a brief introduction to a PageAssembler class is shown, that builds (or assembles) buckets and embeddables, and an example is also shown of creating an embeddable for breadcrumbs, but very little of anything else to do with a CMS. For example, nothing on integrating an HTML editor or handling images is shown or discussed. I guess what's really missing is the design of more of the embeddables that would go into a CMS.
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