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ASP.NET MVC 1.0 Website Programming: Problem - Design - Solution 1st Edition

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Wow, I am writing the acknowledgments for this book, that means that ... this book is finally complete.  I am not going to lie, writing a book is a very time consuming process, and for the past year there hasn't been a day that has passed where this book hasn't been in the forethought of my mind.  Mostly because this book has been a constantly evolving concept.  When Jim Minatel first called me a year ago, to write an update to the popular ASP.NET 2.0 Website Programming book it started out as a simple update with only a small amount of code changes.  But we quickly realized that to really show the power and grace of ASP.NET MVC we had to do a total rewrite of TheBeerHouse, which was a pretty major undertaking considering that we also had to rewrite a majority of the book.  Combine all this with holding down a full time job, running a growing business, and trying to steal some time to spend with my family, I could have really used an extra hour in each day.

This seems like a good transition for my first acknowledgment, which of course goes to my loving wife, Melinda.  She has been my constant supporter with her love and patience she has shown me throughout this entire process of writing this book.  She also played a large role as my in-house editor who made sure everything I wrote made sense technically and grammatically to the reader.  Amazingly she has put up with this entire process for the last year, and that is why I love her.
Secondly I would like to thank my parents, Anthony & Linda Berardi, who taught me that good things come from hard work and perseverance, without either of these teachings I would have never been able to finish writing this book.  So thank you for your love, guidance, and support over the years, it has helped shape who I am today.

I would also like to acknowledge other family members, in addition to my parents, who have helped shape who I am today:  My grandparents Dominick & Edith Berardi and Ken & Barb Hood, my brother Chris, and my sisters Catie, Terri, and Megan.  All you guys have played a huge role in my life and mean the world to me, so thank you for that. 

Additionally, I would like to thank my wife's parents, Don & Rena Gleiter, for being supportive and understanding about why we've had so little time to visit this past year.  And for the amazing job they did raising their daughter and my wife, Melinda.

The next acknowledgement goes to Sam and Mary Bea Damico, who took a chance, in 2007, and hired me to start and build the technology division of Vovéo (voveo.com) and help make it a natural extension of their already successful marketing division.  Without this necessary support and trust in my judgment, I wouldn't have had the chance to focus on ASP.NET MVC back in December, 2007, and by proxy wouldn't be writing this book.  So thank you Sam and Mary Bea and everybody at Vovéo, you guys played a pivotal role in this book.

My last acknowledgement goes to my best friend, my best man at my wedding, my sidekick since 1995, and now co-author Al Katawazi.  If you weren't my co-author, this book would probably be about half the size it is now. You deserve a thank you, a good beer, and an even better cigar, for all the long nights you put in on this book. I wouldn't have been able to do it without you!
-- Nick Berardi
This book was a monumental effort to complete, and I am very thankful for all the support everyone has given me in writing this book. Now that I think about it, writing this book while the MVC Framework was still being developed was an insane task that led to many revisions. My co-author and I have worked very hard to ensure that this book is as up to date as reasonably possible. Now that I have patted my own back I think I will mention some of the real contributors, without which this book would not have been possible. To my wife Heather, I thank you for allowing me the time to write this book, spending late nights reviewing what I had written, and being a great and supportive friend. I'd also like to thank Michael Staley, without his efforts you would have seen far more grammatical errors and typos in my writing, the man is a machine. To Nick Berardi, my best friend since 9th grade, who has been an absolutely critical resource on this project, who has kicked me when I was slacking, and who has been a lot of fun to work with.

On a more abstract level I would like to thank my parents Mohammad and Sarah Katawazi who have always supported me (except that time I joined the army). I would also like to thank both my family and my wife's family for being so understanding these past 12 months while we were preoccupied with this book. And finally to my dog Scout, no matter how many walks or kayaking trips we miss you are always happy to see me. Thanks for being a great friend.
-- Al Katawazi

From the Back Cover

ASP.NET MVC integrates powerful new functionality that enables you to create ASP.NET sites based on the important Model-View-Controller pattern. Beyond just understanding the key MVC benefits and coding techniques, you'll see how to implement the ASP.NET MVC pattern to build a complete real-world site.

Based on Marco Bellinaso's classic TheBeerHouse ASP.NET 2.0 site example, each chapter presents a business requirement for the site, a roadmap for designing a solution, and the code for implementing the features. By the end of the book, you'll have a complete functional site and the skills to build your own ASP.NET MVC content and e-commerce site.

What you will learn from this book

  • Techniques for building a flexible, easily configurable, and instrumented site
  • How to use jQuery to enhance and extend the capabilities of your ASP.NET MVC site

  • How to design a module to manage articles, news, and blog posts

  • Tips for creating and managing multiple polls on your site

  • Ways to build a robust newsletter system for e-mail newsletters on a background thread

  • How to develop a Web 2.0 community-centric forum from scratch

  • Steps for adding a working e-commerce store based on PayPal

  • All the different ways to deploy an ASP.NET MVC site

Who this book is for
This book is for web developers who are familiar with the basic concepts of web development and ASP.NET. Code examples are shown using C#.

Wrox Problem – Design – Solution references give you solid, workable solutions to real-world development problems. Each is devoted to a single application, analyzing every problem, examining relevant design issues, and implementing the ideal solution.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (June 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470410957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470410950
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,755,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By OnceMore TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 28, 2009
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This book builds on existing material from Marco Bellinaso's book, ASP.Net 2.0 Website Programming, migrating the implementation of the BeerHouse eCommerce web application to using more recently released Microsoft technologies such as ASP.Net MVC 1.0, LINQ to SQL, and SQL Server 2008, and updating the text to explain concepts behind the new implementation. As the authors indicated in their introduction to ASP.Net MVC, one thing developers will gain with using this newer technology instead of classic ASP.Net 2.0 is finer control over the web application's client-side code. The flip side to this is that .Net developers, who so far have been relatively shielded from having to know too much about html, css, or javascript because of conveniences offered by classic ASP.Net 2.0, may now have to know more about these technologies in order to develop the presentation logic for their web apps. It's not surprising, therefore, to see a lot more javascript code in the revamped BeerHouse web app. So if you're trying to get a feel for what a non-trivial ASP.Net MVC application might look like and you don't mind reading through the javascript code, the BeerHouse web app presented in this book might be useful to you.

In my opinion, however, despite its title, this book doesn't delve deeply into ASP.Net MVC per se. Compared to Steven Sanderson's book, Pro ASP.Net MVC Framework, this book only provides a superficial introduction to the new framework, and only demos a limited subset of features. With a little more effort and for pedagogic reasons, the authors could have worked into the BeerHouse application showcase examples of how to implement, say: server-side data validation (e.g.
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The latest addition to the Problem - Design - Solution series updates TheBeerHouse personalized content site for the [...] MVC Framework. True to the the style of Problem - Design - Solution, the authors focus on a real set of solutions for real problems. The material doesn't dive too deep into the internals of MVC, nor do they assume too much about the user's knowledge.

If you are looking for a primer on MVC, this is not it, but if you are looking to jump into MVC with both feet and you would like to see the capabilities of the MVC Framework in action, this book is a great compliment to your learning process. I would not recommend this book for advanced MVC developers, but it is just right for those who are trying to make the leap from [...] 2.0/3.5 into MVC.
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I bought this book as a reference book for the MVC framework and was not disappointed. It has a ton of great examples such as building a forum, a store, articles, security, a content management system, integrating localization and more. The really nice part about the book is each chapter is a standalone how to guide for building a certain website feature. This is a great book to have on your shelf, I use it all the time.
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MVC, or rather, Model-View-Controller is a programming concept that has been around for a while and isn't easy to understand, in my opinion, without a lot of reading and applying the concepts. I am using the book titled, "ASP.NET MVC 1.0 Website Programming", to assist me in a free 10-week course of instruction I am receiving through my .NET User Group. In my opinion, this book is no easy tool for a programmer who has had no introduction to ASP, ASP.NET or MVC concepts, nor was it intended to be. You need some prior knowledge before using this book. This is not a beginner book to learn ASP.NET, but is intense, containing sufficient knowledge and examples for building dynamic websites, all within its 5oo+ pages. If you are an ASP.NET developer already, it may take you a bit of thinking and re-thinking to get your head around (grasp) this new way of doing website development.

Now, what I like about the book is that you actually walk through a complete website project called the "TheBeerHouse Project" and learn concepts as you go through the book that are intended to teach you about MVC from the Microsoft ASP.NET point of view. If you will persist through this book, you will build a completely functional website, implementing the Model-View-Controller concepts; you can then use this as a foundational model for websites you will create for your clients.

Because this book is not a beginner book, I plan on buying the book titled, "Pro ASP.NET MVC Framework", to use as a companion reference and to get more in-depth information on the MVC framework.

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This book is not an MVC intro book. This book is building a non-trivial app MVC! In this book Nick Beradi and Al Katawazi is transferring Marco Bellinaso's classic The Beerhouse app to MVC. And they do an okay job. You need this book if you don't know how to build a non-trivial app MVC, at the time of writing there is no other books as extensive as this, building a non-trivial app MVC, around. It is true that some parts of this book has been copied and pasted from the previous edition in a non-intelligent fashion. It's mostly the parts laying out the design of the app. For example on page 260 you get informed about the SPROCs of the app, but this app doesn't use SPROCs, that was previous edition! Anyway as said this copy and paste thing goes on in the design parts and it actually doesn't mean too much in the understanding of the book. It didn't bother me very much. The important thing is about the MVC implementation and in that respect the app and the book has been totally rewritten from scratch, and you get the info you need. One thing I was a little puzzled about is why Nick and Al didn't use the ModelState for validation, it seems to me that that would have been easier, and you can thereby put the actual validation in the objects themselves. Instead Nick and Al writes a custom validation using jQuery. But all in all a fine book. You need this book if you are a newbie and you are heading the MVC way! But pick one of the MVC intro books up before you embark on this book!
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