- Paperback: 450 pages
- Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (July 8, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193518279X
- ISBN-13: 978-1935182795
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,320,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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ASP.NET MVC 2 in Action 1st Edition
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About the Author
JEFFREY PALERMO is the CIO of Headspring Systems, cofounder of the MvcContrib project, and a Microsoft MVP. A popular speaker and writer, Jeffrey ™s Party with Palermo site is one of the first and longest-running ASP.NET MVC websites.
BEN SCHEIRMAN is a Microsoft MVP, Microsoft ASP Insider, and Certified Scrum Master. He is Director of Development for ChaiONE in Houston, TX.
JIMMY BOGARD is a Principal Consultant at Headspring Systems, a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD), an ASP Insider, and a Microsoft MVP.
ERIC HEXTER is a veteran software developer and Director of the Austin .NET Users group.
MATT HINZE is a Principal Consultant at Headspring, a MCAD, ASP Insider, and Microsoft MVP.
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Top Customer Reviews
Don't use this book for an intro to MVC. Use the free chapter of the nerd dinner book for that. That's a great intro. Use the web itself to research the mechanics of how the web works. Then pick up this book and be prepared to work *hard* chewing slowly and digesting each section as you let it change the way you think. Don't let the mere 350 pages fool you (when compared with other 600-700 page Goliaths); this book is content-rich. In the same way that the lessons of a truly great coach extend into so many non-sports areas of his/her players' lives, the ideas and knowledge expressed in this book extend well beyond ASP.Net MVC and push us forward into becoming better developers in any technology.
Originally I was looking through Pro MVC 2 Framework, but IN ACTION seemed like it went into greater detail and it touched on more of the kinds of examples that I would likely want to implement. The walk through is quite thorough, although I would have liked to see them spend more time on advanced topics like Portable Areas, Fluent, and best practices. I felt that they often provided enough variants of a given function that you could utilize these as building blocks for more advanced uses. The code they provide is also very helpful.
After I purchased this book, I went and bought ASP.NET MVC 2 Cookbook, hoping that it would pick up where this left off. Unfortunately, however, it was usually far more rudimentary than what was presented in this book.
I've read good and bad Apress books, and good and bad Manning books. The Apress book on MVC 3 by Freeman and Sanderson is better. It has plenty of useful stuff that the Manning book does not cover. If you read the Apress book, the Manning book will have practically no value. I know I'm comparing an MVC 3 book a with an MVC 2 book, but the difference is more than that.
There is no running example to learn from and the authors don't explain what they're talking about with code examples very often. Also, as there's no running example, you have to wrap your head around each chapter separately instead of an example that keeps getting complex as the book goes on.
The book also jumps around from topic to topic. Chapters 1 - 3 introduce you to MVC by throwing you in the deep end, then out of no where the book goes in to custom and third party controls, then followed by IIS deployment. This is something that should be discussed at the END of the book, not when your a 1/4 of the way through the book.
Manning has disappointed me this time.
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