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Dependency Injection in .NET 1st Edition

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Mark Seemann is a professional software developer and architect living in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has been working with software since 1995 and TDD since 2003, including six years with Microsoft as a consultant, developer and architect. These days he's more into best-of-breed technologies and methodologies such as Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Distributed Version Control Systems, Domain Specific Languages for unit testing and whatever else catches his fancy.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (September 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935182501
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935182504
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Foley on September 5, 2012
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The Short Story: This is the best software development book I have ever read. By miles. Or, in deference to Mr. Seeman, in kilometers. Stop. Buy this book. It will change how you think, how you reason, how you sleep at night. See you in a year, we will both be smarter.

The Long Story: I bought this book last year. I can't remember exactly why I bought it, but I suspect that it had something to do with intellectual intimidation and the frightening title. I come from a non-OO background, but I am too young to get through the next 20 years without dealing with the reality of OO prevalence in small (i.e. numerous) projects. I had 2 choices ... start at the bottom or start at the top. Believe me, I chose the latter with this book.

I'm not going to explain the content in every chapter, simply because other reviewers have already done the job as I would have. Read Mr. T. Anderson's fine review if you need that kind of detail. Instead, I will talk about the effect that this book had had on how I think.

Chapter 2 is the velvet sledgehammer in the face. I read along with the case study, nodding my head and exercising my (in retrospect, tiny) brain as Seeman describes how "Mary" and "Jens" go about building a layered application. I'm thinking, yes Mary and Jens, this is what the magazines, blog articles, and dime-a-dozen gurus are saying regarding the construction of layered application. Seeman then dissects the "layered" application. Actually, he doesn't dissect it; he tears it to shreds and stamps all over it. Brilliantly. It's truly scary to read this chapter. You will feel like a complete novice at the end of it. You then have two choices ... (1) reject this stuff as abstract, ivory tower nonsense, or (2) put on your big-boy-pants.
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I have never written a review for Amazon before but I want to take the time here to give major props to the author for this quality book on Dependency Injection. This is easily in the top 2 of software development books that I have read. (The other being R. Martin's Agile Principles, Patterns, and Practices in C#)

I have been using DI successfully for several years, yet I was able to learn an enormous amount about the topic from this book. Explanations of DI principles and related patterns such as Decorator really clicked for me. Read this book and you will understand how to develop loosely coupled software components. Excellent code examples in C#. The section on object composition in MS frameworks like ASP.NET MVC and WCF is an extremely valuable resource. The footnotes will direct you to very interesting reading for an even deeper dive. I could go on.

I highly recommend this book for .NET developers.
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Uhg. Sometimes my ability to be a complete ignoramus really annoys me. When I first saw this book on the upcoming list of books to be published I thought, "That sucks, I just got done reading Dependency Injection by Dhanji R. Prasanna last year. I don't need to read the .NET version", and so I ignored this book.

As time went on I saw all the great reviews coming out about the book and it made me curious. A buddy of mine had purchased it and I know that Manning gives ebooks with there book purchases, so I asked to borrow it. I ordered the book the next day.

I have nothing bad to say about Dependency Injection by Dhanji R. Prasanna, it was a great book. The difference is this one spoke my language of choice, .NET. It made the read so much better for me. Plus all the coverage of the popular DI Containers for .NET rocks.

This book is broken down into 4 parts the first part introduces DI. Part two is a catalog of patterns, anti-patterns, and refactorings. Part three covers Object Composition, Lifetime Management, and Interception. Part four covers all the popular DI .NET Containers which include Castle Windsor, StructureMap, Spring.NET, Autofac, Unity, and MEF.

One of the coolest things about the book is that it uses poor man's DI in the first 3 parts of the book to teach you how it all works, and then covers the popular DI .NET Containers in details to help you be more productive.

Coverage of the popular DI .NET Containers is nice deep coverage which also highlights the advantages and disadvantages of each one. Each popular DI .NET Container gets its own chapter. There are also some nice feature and lifestyle comparison charts to help you zero in on which DI Container will fit your needs.
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I started in the 90's with VB and then VB.NET for .NET in 2001-2002. I made the transition to C# in 2002-2003 and I used the standard code behind model. I didn't know about DI / IOC / Unit Testing etc... until 3 years ago as I was using so many technologies. In the past few years of using MVC 1,2,3 and now doing unit testing , DI, design patterns, Mocking with Moq etc..., this book is vital for my development as a good developer. Mark Seemann writes so well. I now look best at the code I wrote 6 months ago as utter garbage. Knowing fundamental C# development is essential backbone to this book, but to skip on not owning and reading this book may possibly be the difference between having a job and not a having a job in .NET in 5 years. The .NET interviews I have had in the last 3-4 years have been increasingly demanding on what to know etc... This book fosters how to do things the right way. The manning books have also become a favorite, ... so move over Apress and Wrox ... Manning is king IMO. This book was recommended to me by a friend who worked for a Microsoft Gold Partner. Sometimes I go with Ebooks, but I'm glad I was the paperback of this one. Take your .NET to the next leavel. IOC and DI are NOT the same thing! The author is on stackoverflow.com answering questions etc... Even if you do Java or a Dynamic language, you will end up really thinking about software development that is loosely coupled for real, and not just a buzz word. Enjoy as I did.
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