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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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Product Details

  • 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,103,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book delivers the "how." Whereas so many books show the mechanics of MVC, this book shows you how to drive this implementation of the framework to it's limits. It's the difference between being taught the rules of football and being taught how to win a game; the difference between knowing how to turn on a light saber and knowing how to use the force.

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.
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I've read more than a dozen Manning books and have found them generally very reliable, but this one is just a mess. I have to assume that the problem is because it has five credited authors, and in fact it reads like a collection of magazine articles or conference presentations written by a bunch of different people. Other Manning books with multiple authors manage to sound like one person guided the organization of the book, and that should be the lead author or editor's responsibility, but with five authors this one just seems to have gone off the rails.

There are 27 chapters in 385 pages of text so all the chapters are very short even when this doesn't make any sense. There are four chapters on controllers (the C in MVC) and they are chapters 4, 9, 13, and 19. Why not at least put them next to each other? It's so bad that two chapters have nearly identical sidebars explaining the use of Inversion of Control / Dependency Injection in controller factories. Not only does this make things difficult for the reader, but the editor apparently had problems with it too. In an early chapter discussing deployment and hosting you see the statement, "Later in this chapter, we'll look at taking advantage of NAnt to perform deployment tasks..." Nothing about NAnt in that chapter, but in a separate chapter (11 chapters later!) NAnt does finally get discussed.

Other than the disjointed organization, the small chapters don't allow for a very substantial look into any of the technologies discussed. The technologies are selected arbitrarily based on the authors' experience. Many of them have a direct relationship to MvcContrib, and they are into other mature OSS frameworks such as NAnt and NHibernate.
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Although you can read this book with just a bit of MVC understanding, it would definitely be a struggle. That's because although it does explain MVC2 concepts, I would say that the book has a strong "recipe flavor". The main emphasis is applying and extending MVC2. For example, the first chapter on Areas introduces the concept and shows how it works. A second chapter is devoted to creating "Portable Areas" that can be placed outside of the main MVC project, including completely separate solutions.. Very cool, and fills a hole in MVC2. A large site with all of its views and controllers in one project can be quite cumbersome in Visual Studio, even with areas.

The authors' association with MvcContrib shows throughout the book. Besides the already-mentioned portable areas, they cover the mvc grid, fluent interfaces, test helpers, Bus, and so on. But they also use AutoMapper, NHibernate, unit test frameworks, StructureMap and other common libraries and frameworks in their examples.

The writing is clear and flows well. The examples are many, extended and practical. No "hello world" here. Instead you get items such as how to add a diagnostic capability for displaying routing information on pages. Some of these sample projects also appear on MvcContrib-linked videos or blogs, but book presentation gives a lot more room for explanation.

Code is a big fraction of the text, which in this case is a Good Thing. Along with each section of code, cueballs are attached that are then explained in the text (a standard Manning thing). For some projects, not all of the code is in the book. The full code, organized by chapter, is a download.
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The ASP.NET MVC framework was just released as a preview when I started to write my first book (ASP.NET 3.5 Social Networking). In the early days of design decisions for my book I was faced with the problem of building with the MVP pattern or the new MVC pattern/framework. At that time there was next to nothing regarding the use of the ASP.NET MVC framework (proper or improper).

Shortly after I got started with my project (which I chose to do in MVP) I was asked to do a review for the ASP.NET MVC in Action book. I gladly accepted and started to read as Jeffrey Palermo, Ben Scheirman, and Jimmy Bogard explored the world of ASP.NET MVC offerings. I thought that they did a very good job of describing how Microsoft meant you to use the new framework and a better job of describing how to break beyond the limitations of the current offerings. They go above and beyond to describe best practices early on.

I must say that this is one of the few books that I have ever read cover to cover so many times! With each review of the book I went through each chapter to find any updates. As this book was being written several new CTP's of the ASP.NET MVC framework were released. With each of the CTP releases came a new rendering of the book. It was quite fun to see how quickly things changed over the year that this book was written.

Finally having the final review in my hands and being so very familiar with it's content, I have to say that of all the books on the ASP.NET MVC framework the ASP.NET MVC in Action book should be at the top of your list for things to purchase in the upcoming months. At a quick glance this book covers all things relating to ASP.NET MVC and then some. This book is not just a regurgitation of MSDN or other resource as so many books are these days.
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