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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disapointing, July 16, 2011
This review is from: Pro ASP.NET MVC 3 Framework (Paperback)
I feel that this book has been rushed out to be the first MVC 3 book on the shelf. It is full of errors and not just typo's. These include errors in the code it's self! I have spent several hours wasted trying to work out why my code doesn't work only to find out that the book it's self is wrong!

The graphics included in the book don't always represent the results of the texts (for example screenshots containing tests that you aren't told about and even the down-loadable source code doesn't include!).

The use of some code is even incorrect in some cases! These are only small things that I have seen so far (half way through the book) for example parameter orders incorrect in the tests that do pop up errors when they should but the errors will be slightly wrong causing more wasted time trying to work out what is wrong!

The only reason I am still plodding though on trying to learn from this book is because I have already purchased it, there are no alternatives and deadlines are looming.

I purchased the ALPHA of this book from Apress directly when it was available and have been sending errors via there site for months but NONE of the errors I submitted have been corrected in the final release and have heard nothing from Apress.

If you are trying to learn MVC I suggest finding another MVC 2 book that you know is good and then when you have a grasp of MVC 2 topping up your knowledge on the changes (Razor etc...) in MVC 3 from other sources (or maybe any other books that will be published shortly).

Having said all that if you don't mind all the rushed error prone work and just want to get into MVC 3 right now (as at the time of writing this is the ONLY MVC 3 book out there) getting this book and spending the time to read and follow it (which isn't easy) you will get there or at least to a place that you can ask the right questions to find the answers and understand other examples on the net.

EDIT:
I have had more problems where the book was not explaining what the code was trying to achieve and as the code was wrong several hours were lost trying to establish if it was me that was wrong or the book... A few examples of solution are:

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Posted on Jul 29, 2011 12:27:23 AM PDT
agree 100% have been struggling through the code samples which are supposed to be the learning method. Same as in math class, you learn by doing the problems over and over, what if the solutions were incorrect? How could you learn?

Would not recommend this book to a programmer looking to get into MVC 3 with no experience of MVC 2

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