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Skip This Book, Seriously,
This review is from: Programming Microsoft® ASP.NET MVC (Paperback)
I rarely write negative reviews, but I have to say, this book is not good. I'm a relatively seasoned Web Forms developer, having spent the last eight years or so, off and on, developing apps in ASP.NET, and I was looking to this book to introduce me to ASP.NET MVC. As it stands, I'm 100 pages into the book, and I've yet to be presented with a single practical example; the author's spent all this time (seriously, no exaggeration -- the first 100 pages) trying to explain to me that yes, ASP.NET MVC is different from Web Forms -- not better, just different -- and that it extends the existing ASP.NET runtime in ways I couldn't care less about at this point. Thus far, we haven't created a single project, no File > New, no examples, nothing. I'm extremely frustrated and disappointed at this purchase, which sucks, because I generally give programming books the benefit of the doubt.
I actually can't think of a single brand of developer this book would be good for. If you're a seasoned Web Forms dev, as I am, you're going to find this stuff extremely tedious, as I have. If you're new to ASP.NET, there's so much jargon and page-filling fluff baked into the first hundred pages that you'll almost surely find yourself completely baffled as to what you're supposed to do with all this information relating to the mechanics of the IIS runtime and HttpHandlers and Modules and Contexts when all you want to do is build a flippin' HelloWorld and then dig deeper into how it works later. I don't want to be harsh, because I realize writers have to make a living, but seriously, do yourself a favor, save your money and skip this book. I don't have an alternative to recommend, yet, but I know one thing -- I'll be returning this one first thing in the morning.
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Initial post: Dec 15, 2010 12:32:03 PM PST
A Reader from Chicago says:
To say that you rarely write negative reviews does not mesh with what I found when I checked out the reviews you had written. However I looked at some of the other reviews of this book and none of them seemed overly excited about the quality of this book. Thanks for your review
Posted on Feb 26, 2011 2:47:30 AM PST
Jeff Chen says:
This book is not a cookbook. You get a wrong choice.
Posted on Jul 26, 2013 3:13:37 AM PDT
Roman Lyubinskyy says:
This book is not an introduction into ASP.NET MVC but for depth understanding how it actually works and principles, patterns on which ASP.NET MVC Framework is built.
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