- Paperback: 440 pages
- Publisher: Manning Publications; Third edition (June 5, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781617290411
- ISBN-13: 978-1617290411
- ASIN: 1617290416
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,375,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jeffrey Palermo began to use ASP.NET MVC and provide feedback to Microsoft about the product in 2007, more than a year before it was released. He began leading client projects using the technology in late 2008. Along with several editions of this ASP.NET MVC book, Jeffrey has written many articles on the topic and has presented at many conferences including Microsoft Tech Ed, VS Live, and DevTeach. Mr. Palermo is a cofounder of MvcContrib and COO of Headspring Systems in Austin, TX where the company runs a very popular MVC Boot Camp training class.
Jimmy Bogard oversees the technical design and architecture of solutions delivered, evaluating potential technologies and increasing awareness of technologies on the horizon. Jimmy has delivered solutions ranging from shrink-wrapped products to enterprise e-commerce applications for Fortune 100 customers. He is also a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) and is an active member in the .NET community. Jimmy is also a member of the ASPInsiders group, the C# Insiders
Eric Hexter is a veteran software developer and the Director for the Austin .NET Users group. Eric has run the Austin Code Camp, which is a one-day developer conference, since 2007. In addition to his position in the Austin .NET Users Group, Eric has held the following positions: INETA Membership Mentor for South Texas, ASPInsider, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in ASP.NET, and founder of the Community for MVC virtual usergroup. Eric speaks to user groups and at technology conferences around Texas and the U.S.
Matt Hinze is a programmer and software designer from Austin, Texas. He has successfully delivered technical courses to software developers since 2005. He is also a full-time developer working in the trenches on major software projects. Matt is an ASPInsider and Microsoft MVP for C#. Matt works at Sogeti on a large e-commerce implementation in Round Rock, and lives in the North Austin suburbs with his wife and son.
Jeremy Skinner is a UK-based software developer who has been working with the ASP.NET MVC Framework since its first public preview in late 2007 and has been developing applications with it ever since. Jeremy is also a member of the Microsoft ASP Insiders and is involved with several open-source projects including MvcContrib which provides extensions for ASP.NET MVC.
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Yes, it is more for beginners with ASP.NET MVC, but you're walked through the essentials in a pleasant manner, without plunging into crazy complex details, as so many other books on the subject (especially the "Pro" books) do. For instance, you get all you need to know on the views (partial, templates, layouts, sections etc) from concise and well-organized brief presentations. Nice code snippets show you the essentials and nothing more.
If you do not have time to waste and just want to quickly acquire the basic ASP.NET MVC skills, this old book could do it.
The new asynchronous controllers feature is not even mentioned in the book. They do cover Web API and new deployment features.
NOT WORTH BUYING if you are competent in MVC3.
This book is ok, but just ok. It covers a lot of topics but I found that for most of them, it only covers part of them. That part may be just the beginning of the topic, or an advanced feature of the topic. Like I said they cover a lot of topics just not in a way I consider to be thorough.
Below are the chapters
PART 1 HIGH-SPEED FUNDAMENTALS
Introduction to ASP.NET MVC
Hello MVC world
PART 2 WORKING WITH ASP.NET MVC
Ajax in ASP.NET MVC
Controlling URLs with routing
Model binders and value providers
Mapping with AutoMapper
Organization with areas
Data access with NHibernate
PART 3 MASTERING ASP.NET MVC
Extending the controller
Advanced view techniques
Dependency injection and extensibility
Full system testing
Hosting ASP.NET MVC applications
Upgrading to ASP.NET MVC 4
ASP.NET Web API
There is not very much on MVC 4, and the author's really dropped the ball covering the new mobile features.
I got all the samples working, but needed to fix a few things.
I would not buy this book for coverage of MVC 4. If you just want to know what you need to learn in order to master MVC with other resources, it is fine.
If you are an experienced developer but are wanting to ramp up on MVC in .Net then this book is for you.
If you are an experienced MVC developer and are wanting to understand the depths of MVC4 then you are probably not going to get a lot of new stuff from this book.
Here’s my take…
I have just finished reading Asp.Net MVC 4 in Action and thought before I write my own review let me see what others are saying about it. I’m shocked at the poor reviews this book got on Amazon - it doesn’t deserve them - if you are a particular type of reader. Let me explain why…
I bought this book about 2 years ago. It came in a big Manning purchase with 5 other ‘in action’ books. For the last 2 years it has sat on my shelf becoming old. Eventually, last month, I got to a point where I had time to read it. After reading it cover to cover I can honestly say it was not what I was expecting AND I really enjoyed it.
Why did I enjoy it? I’ve have had limited exposure to ‘Web’ development. Most of the applications I develop are native client applications. I consider myself an exprienced developer, just not in this space. I was looking for something that could get me ramped up in MVC in the .Net space quickly. I found this book was almost like a buffet lunch on MVC in .Net. It took me across the full spectrum without going too deep into specifics. I came out of it being productive. I was pleasantly surprised to see the ‘test’ mindset of the authors. In essence, it covered many of the general topics an experience developer who is new to MVC in .Net would like to know.
So why has this book gotten such bad reviews? I think many of the other readers were expecting a MVC4 deep dive AND this isn’t that type of book. While it touches some MVC4 specific things, this is primarily a MVC in .Net book at a higher level which just happens to have been written at the time MVC4 was around.
This book is not for someone who has been working in the MVC space for years and is wanting to at a very deep level understand the mechanics of MVC4. If you are in that category I think you would probably be wasting your money.
So, for me this book has paid off. I found it still relevant even though MVC4 is on its way out and being replaced with MVC5. And that for me folks is a sign of a good programming book (provided that is what you wanted).