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After a childhood spent at the computer, Steven Sanderson started web development in 1996, first using Perl and later adopting PHP. His last five years of professional experience have focused on ASP.NET, learning what works and what works better, and experiencing a developer's life everywhere from an investment bank to a five-person Internet startup. Steven has led Red Gate's web development team, and spends his free time blogging and keeping up to speed with the latest technology developments. He's followed the ASP.NET MVC framework since its inception and frequently participates in online discussions with its core developers at Microsoft.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AndyO on 27 Jan. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was my first Kindle purchase.

The content of the book is good. It is informative, and well written. It certainly has me itching to rewrite the codebase I have the "pleasure" of maintaining!

However the Kindle Edition is let down by poor formatting of code samples. In every code sample I have encountered so far the first character on each line is truncated, and many code samples have page breaks in weird places, leaving half the screen blank.

As a first introduction to Kindle Books this is not as encouraging as it could have been. The preview of the first edition of this book that I read before buying this one did not have these 'schoolboy' formatting errors. For only £3.58 less than the paper edition I have to say I feel rather short changed.

On the plus side, I do have a searchable copy of the book, and I can read it one-handed without it breaking my wrist!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LDJ TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Jun. 2011
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Not only will this book hold your hand fully to understand the Asp.net MVC 2 framework, but with it it will also detail how to introduce a whole host of best practices and preferred development methodologies. It'll open your eyes to DI, MOQ, TDD and a whole lot more. In creating the SportsStore application you'll not only be guided every step of the way (personally I *MUCH prefer* the learn-by-example approach that this book takes) but end up with a working application as a result.
Yes, this is a hefty book and yes its pretty complex - but then again there is a LOT of complex stuff to cover.

If you have an understanding of asp.net web forms and want to venture into the world of MVC, this really is a perfect starting point. Highly recommended.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ace Rimmer on 4 Feb. 2011
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This book gets too complicated too soon. It started OK, with some theory that appeared to make sense, but in the example project the author tells you to create all sorts of weird and wonderful folders in additional to the standard ones.

After following along for quite some time, I realised I hadn't got a clue what most of the stuff I'd created was for, whether it was an M, a V or a C, or where to look for a particular file! First he divides the top level into Domain and WebUI; then he adds Abstract and Concrete subfolders to Domain and HtmlHelpers and Infastructure to WebUI. Then he tells you to install third party extensions for Dependency Injection.

For someone trying to understand the MVC concept this was just too much. A free download of the first chapter of the other book, Professional ASP.NET MVC 2, proved much more helpful. Having ditched my first project and started again using this example my project now has folders called Models, Views and Controllers - no ambiguity there - plus a couple of other folders whose function is pretty easy to understand.

I suspect the author of this book has developed his folder structure as a result of his experience on projects; it probably works for him, but for a beginner struggling to understand new concepts it is not appropriate.

For reference my background is in web development and programming but not, until recently, ASP.NET or C#.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Huw Jeffries on 10 Aug. 2010
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I enjoyed the first edition of this book a year or two ago. I was hesitant about buying the second edition because I thought it would duplicate a lot of material. In fact it has been updated to cover all the new topics that appear in MVC2.

This book is easy to read and covers many practical real-world problems.
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Brilliant book that's stuffed full of excellent information with loads of examples that you work though. The book starts really simply and then gets more and more complex as you progress.

I refer to this book all the time because it is both a very good reference as well taking you through how to get started with MVC.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dominicz on 18 Jan. 2011
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I am extremely pleased with this book, and consider it to be one of the most well written APress books I have ever read!

Not only does it cover the MVC 2 Framework, but also takes a best practices approach to all examples. As Steve states, the book isn't intended to prove that MVC is better than ASP.NET. But what it is meant to do is show you how it is supposed to be used from both a UI development, and a testing perspective.

It is clear throughout that Steve has a deep passion for testing. As an experienced web developer, 95% of my testing has been UI driven and seeing his approach using LINQ, interfaces, mocking frameworks and testing frameworks really opens up how much I have been missing out on the testing side of development - and how easily it can be incorporated.

As well as MVC, Steve talks about using jQuery to improve user experience. Personally, as a jQuery novice, again he has given an excellent starting point to anyone who didn't really want to tread on Javascript.

Highly recommended, but from reading his blog there is a new edition being printed for MVC 3.
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