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Building Enterprise Applications with Windows Presentation Foundation and the Model View ViewModel Pattern (Developer Reference) 1st Edition

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About the Author

Raffaele Garofalo is a .NET software architect who builds Line-of-Business applications for a living. He is passionate about .NET and WPF and spends his free time writing articles and blog posts about WPF and the MVVM. He is Microsoft Certified (MCAD, MCSD, MCTS SQL and Sharepoint). He hosts on his blogs articles and blog posts about WPF and MVVM, you can visit his blog at this address: blog.raffaeu.com
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Product Details

  • Series: Developer Reference
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (March 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735650926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735650923
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T Anderson VINE VOICE on March 29, 2011
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If you are looking for in-depth and thorough coverage of MVVM, then I would say look elsewhere. If you are looking for a good introductory overview of the Line of Business applications, then this book is for you.

O'reilly had the book listed at 250 pages, Amazon at 224. Including the index it is at 201, so it is a very short read. On the other hand, it is a very cheap book.

I liked that the tools used in examples where Microsoft tools. The open source tools where introduced, but Microsoft tools where also introduced. For example Unity and Entity Framework where introduced in the book. A lot of books nowadays only introduce the open source tools available.

I found the patterns examples in the Overview of Patterns tables a little silly. Flyweight Example: A=FWFactory.Get("A"); That is it.... Uhm?

Although the book is very short it hits on a lot of topics. Most are presented with a simple example and you gain a basic understanding of the topic.

The book does do a good job of introducing the key elements in a Line of Business application. Will this be the only book you need to start developing enterprise level applications, no. It will however introduce you to the concepts you need to understand in order to build them. From their you have the option of going and learning more about them. It does do a good job of putting them all together for you in the right context.

It does a decent job of introducing MVVM, but I feel it is in the title to sell more books. The book could have just been titled "An Introduction to building Line of Business Applications with .NET".

At the time of this review there is no code available for download. Although the author has blogged that it is on the way.
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The title looks promising and has the "Enterprise Application" slogan as a very important thing (whatever enterprise application means in those days). The book promises some very ambitious points like:

Dive deep into MVVM
Build a simple Customer Relationship Management application
Create a Domain Model
Write dynamic code for data access with the Entity Framework
Enforce complex data and validation scenarios with Workflow Foundation 4
Implement MVVM using Prism

The book started tyring to explain what is the MVVM pattern and its relation with Line of Business Applications (LOBs) and how MVVM and Composite Application patterns relate themselves to solve LOB's problems... For some reason in this chapter the author starts telling you now about separation of concerns and three tiering and layering... (you know I don't like how people uses the term "layered application"). For some reason in this chapter also introduce Expression Blend and how a LOB is composed (in things like Menu, Toolbar, Ribbon, etc...) weird... I know...

In the chapter two we read about what is a pattern, mention common patterns and try to explain the different Presentation Patterns (MVC, MVVM, MVP). In this chapter the author introduce concepts like IoC using Unity and differences between Unity and MEF (well, good to know). After this is never late to talk about Fluent Interfaces and DSLs and how to do unit testing... Yeah...

After all of this the author start talking about Domain Modeling, and Domain Driven Design... yeah, but wait a minute... why he started talking about the relation between DDD Domains and Layering? what? if you are a DDD fan like me beware of this chapter, the author is just confused about DDD/Layering (damn, I don't like that word!
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I would have guessed this to be a book on MVVM and how I might leverage it, along with WPF to build an Enterpirse system. Boy was I wrong. MVVM is REALLY only discussed in about 40% of the book... and in a 200 page book, that is not much. MVM is briefly discussed in Chapter 1 and alluded to in chapters 2 - 5 and discussed in Chapter 6. With Chapter 7 being an extremely high level overview of the different MVVM Frameworks available. The examples were useless, since in most cases the examples were of methodologies he later says are NOT the way to go....then there is a brief discussion of what he thinks is the better implementation (with no example).

If you are a year one college student that wants a quick overview of different architecture methologies, this could be for you...maybe.

However, if you are looking for a book on MVVM, save your money.
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The book starts off well enough describing the basic concepts involved in producing software using wpf. It's great information but you'll soon find youself saying, "ok, but where's the code." At the end of Chapter 3 you get a code snippet which will generate an error message when you type it into your own little sample program. Then in short order you get more code snippets which build on the previous code. After that code snippets will be thrown at you left and right without much context regarding how they fit into the application. Due to the lack of information, the code snippets are basically pseudocode that illustrate the concepts but don't provide a lot of help in the actual business of writing a program.
Typically, taking a look at the completed code helps to provide some clue as to where the author is going. In this case, taking a look at the included code makes you want to heave the entire book out the window. First, it doesn't compile, always a red flag. Second, it is very complex. The complexiity would be fine if it were adequately addressed in the book. It isn't. If you like being frustrated and discouraged in your attempts to use MVVM, then get the book, otherwise avoid it or send it to an enemy.
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