Most helpful critical review
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2012
I'm an experienced ASP.NET developer who's trying to ramp up my skills in MVC and Razor development skills.
When I first saw this book, I honestly didn't expect much - I'd be perfectly happy if I can find some MVC/Razor common practices or 'tricks' to achieve some common web programming tasks, such as how Razor would handle common tasks for a dropdown list. But it's such a disappointment even with that little expectation. I don't understand whom the author tries to target his book at -- the technical content and level in this book is more like for people with no tech background, but then I doubt those people would be interested in reading this since to use it effectively, Razor requires some understanding in .NET and programing in general. You're going to be completely disappointed if you are hoping to find some of the author's insights. Honestly, I don't know how this book gets published. The tutorial from ASP.NET MVC site offers better Razor introduction than this book.
If you are a technical person that wants to learn how Razor works, even if you are completely new to Razor, this book is, well, it's not nice to say 'complete waste of time', but let's say it's pretty close to that. I gave it a 2 star because I used to read many tech books from this publisher, especially back in school days. Programming Microsoft ASP.NET MVC by Dino is a much better reading.