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Andrew Siemer is currently the enterprise architect at OTX Research. He has worked as a software engineer, enterprise architect, trainer, and author since 1998 when he got out of the Army. Andrew has consulted with many companies on the topics of e-commerce, social networking, and business systems. To name a few, he has worked with eUniverse (AllYouCanInk.com), PointVantage (MyInks.com), Callaway Golf (CallawayConnect.com), Guidance Software (GuidanceSoftware.com), and Intermix Media (Grab.com, AmericanIdol.com, FoxSports.com, FlowGo.com). In addition to his daily duties he also offers various classes in .NET, C#, and other web technologies to local students in his area as well as blogging in his *free* time. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849511403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849511407
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,263,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was so thankful this book came along.
Joseph C.
There are problems with the book - it has an "open source" feeling to it, where you're expected to be able to make things work.
A. Nahir
NET, although you may find the cutting edge technology used to be a little too advanced if you are only familiar with the ASP.
Robert S. Robbins

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chen Sun on January 31, 2011
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Overpriced and unclear as to degree of author's experience in use. This book is essentially a cataloging of and commentaries on approximately 50 Wordpress plugins. Content is what I would expect on someone's website. I purchased this because I expected a book author would provide in depth analysis and true expertise. This book just doesn't feel like the author has done sufficient reviews of competitive plugins and even feels like he hasn't thoroughly used many of the plugins reviewed much. If the title claims these are Wordpress's Top Plugins, I expect a book to be more than reviewing some high star ratings plugins on Wordpress.org.

Probably worth about $20.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Robbins on March 2, 2009
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This is an excellent book for anyone contemplating the development of a social networking web site using ASP.NET, although you may find the cutting edge technology used to be a little too advanced if you are only familiar with the ASP.NET Framework. The most useful aspect of the application design will be the database schema which meets the project requirements in a well thought out manner.

There are a few social networking features that are not covered like threaded comments and user profiles that can be customized using CSS but other common features are implemented including tag clouds and content rating.

Although this is a thick book, 556 pages, most of the content is code listings so it won't actually take you too long to read it. Building a social networking web application is a huge project which a solitary developer could hardly manage alone so just reading this book is not going to get you there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph C. on December 29, 2008
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I am a Consultant who started to look into Domain Drive Design, Test Driven Design, and Model View Presenter when thrown into a recent gig. It's been very challenging on my own time with my daily work duties to get caught up on these improved methods for developing highly scalable, enterprise ready solutions. I was so thankful this book came along. I am only on chapter 3 + having read the two appendixes (they are around 100 pages together) I have started to understand everything at an amazing pace. Not only is the subject matter fun (who doesn't have a Myspace or Facebook page and wonder, how would i do that if i wrote it?) it also features a plethora of open source tools and tips. Not to mention the author gets amazing kudos for even mentioning ReSharper *my favorite 3rd party tool* he also includes tips and tricks throughout the book on better ways to use it. If you are college grad looking to see how a real development team would build a enterprise product or even a veteran developer looking to sharpen his skill sets in this new age of collaboration and technology (yes world we are already on .net 3.5, not to mention 2.0 has existed for some time!) this is the book for you to get.

*Another thing off topic but might be interesting to some.*

Most of my work is done in SharePoint and I feel that as a bonus to learning these new methodologies I am also getting some cool ideas to help me extend SharePoint in a more collaborative way. Even though this book has nothing to do with SharePoint. DDD and MVP lend itself well to SharePoint development.

If you are still unsure go to the publishers website download appendix A and B and get what I feel are huge bonuses to an amazing book. Appendix B is a great quick start guide to test driven design.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BangTech on July 31, 2010
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My son and his friends are just getting into social networking. They are all studying computer programming and wanted a good grasp of basics. This book was very good. I am also a computer programmer by profession. I liked the content and felt it was pretty up to date.
Well worth the price --(as other reviewers have stated)!
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This book fills a much needed gap in web development, specifically building a social networking website. It is interesting that there are not very many open source social networking platforms based on .net, most are in PHP, or Python, and run on the LAMP stack, this gives some much needed competition.

The core design of the system is pretty well decouples, and adhears to Separations of Concerns, and Single Responsability Principal, not much duplicate code either, however i think the choice of Linq To Sql was unfortunate since it is clear Microsoft will be abandoning it and should have used EF or other alternatives like NHibernate or the many other Repositories. The good news is that the code is designed well enough it isn't too hard to swap out the persistance providers.

I was also Surprised they didn't use the "Visual Studio for Database Professionals" for the database since it would be a lot easier then the nant and scripting goodness they jumped through to get it to work right. (I understand VS database edition costs some serious money or did, and it isn't as open as the ALT.NET tooling)

The features are lacking for the shipped source code, and tests are pretty slim, but it is a good starting point, just surprised it shipped without complete and functional source code.

I tried to get the admin-site working and can't find anywhere in the book or source code readme's on how to get a login with access (adding permissions in db doesn't appear to be enough) but i will forgive all these shortcomings for the fact this is the first offering of its kind in our space and welcome the contributions this book provides.

I hope the code gets cleaned up or an open source social platform gets released based on the code, it is pretty neat what is possible with the latest coming out of redmond.
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