- Series: Developer Reference
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (December 16, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1509304061
- ISBN-13: 978-1509304066
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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ASP.NET Core Application Development: Building an application in four sprints (Developer Reference) 1st Edition
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About the Author
James Chambers, a five-time Microsoft MVP in Developer Technologies, currently develops with ASP.NET Core and the MVC Framework running on Azure and AWS. He is an independent consultant, mentor and active blogger and contributes to several open source projects.
David Paquette, a four-time Microsoft MVP, is a software developer and independent consultant. He has extensive experience using .NET to build both web-based and Windows applications; deep software engineering knowledge, and a passion for quality user experiences.
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I wish I could write the sample project from the scratch along with the book, but it is not designed to read that way. Authors use the source from GitHub, and then randomly pull out codes from the project and briefly explain them in the book. Some codes explained in the books do not match up the downloaded source code.
I should have started reading from part 3 and 4 before part 1 and 2. I personally think sample project is excellent, and follows good practices. I wish authors focus more on the sample project instead of introducing new technologies and techniques totally out of the scope such as Docker Container, Azure Blob Storage and Azure AD, and leave you with many questions.
Authors definitely have extensive knowledge on the subject, and want to introduce you with new technologies in each chapters. Although the book said previous version of MVC experience is not required, I personally think reader should be mid to senior developer or software architect in order to fully understand and implement those technologies.
Don't worry if you don't understand everything. Read it through once, and take notes on the technologies you need to learn - it will really help you get the big picture. Then go to Pluralsight or Udemy or one of the other training sites and look at the Prerequisites you are going to need for each of the technologies. It took me days just to write down all the things I needed to learn and figure out the order to do what I wanted to do. I kept highlighting sections of the text and putting margin notes saying "use this" and "don't use this" as they talk you through the process of putting together and team, deciding on the technologies to use, and writing the application, testing it, and putting it up on the web.
This book teaches application development through the eyes of a team going through the steps in a programming project, it isn't really a follow-along coding book on asp.net core, or in-depth reference on asp.net core. If that is what you are looking for then buy something else or take one of the online courses. But do you even know if that is what you really want to learn, or if you are up to speed on all the prerequisites? Read this book first before doing anything else. It's a fun easy to read book that won't take that long, well worth your time unless you are already an advanced asp.net mvc programmer.
I agree that the book is a little out of order. And there are a few areas where the 3 authors seem to disagree slightly. And I think the book should have some sort of flow chart in the beginning that follows through the book so you can visually see how each section of each chapter fits into the big picture... I intend to create this for myself and then read the book a second time. There is just so much information in this book and ASP.NET Core is a part of what they talk about, but there is so much more they consider in writing a quality application. For example, which add-ins you need for Visual Studio, or what to use if you aren't going to use Visual Studio.
Just read it. Highly recommended even if you aren't doing ASP.NET Core. I have a much better and more accurate picture of how everything fits together and the process of creating an application now that I've read it.
If you actually read all of the book, you know that it's worth more than 3 stars just for the education on how to write an quality modern application. Sure it might be a 3 star ASP.NET Core book because it doesn't let you program along with it, and skips around. But if it were named more accurately it would be a 5 star book, one that everyone should read if they want to write quality applications without taking months sifting through the web to figure out which of the technologies to use and how to write it.
The narrative of the fictional dev team is sometimes entertaining, and often corny. It helps tie things together. Some readers will like it, and others will roll their eyes and groan. (It's easy enough to skip it, if it bothers you.)
There is an example application that goes along with this book, and which can be found at Github, but I found it too complicated to really get much out of. (Though maybe I should spend more time studying it, now that I've finished reading the book.)
While this book wasn't exactly what I was looking for, I found it to be a great help in understanding the current state of ASP.NET web development.
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