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  • Paperback: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Springer (1 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430210079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430210078
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By W. Burgeson on 3 July 2009
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Bought this book together with the Wrox book by the Microsoft guys Professional ASP.NET MVC 1.0 (Wrox Programmer to Programmer). Haven't even bothered to finish that one, although to be fair to them their blogs on various subjects have been very helpful. That book appears to be written according to the MS line of "there is nothing wrong with Webforms, and you can still create a decent website with drag and drop even in MVC", which isn't of course the point of MVC anyway.

This guy's clearly from a professional / freelance background, where he understands the pressure from clients to deliver commercial websites which are maintainable, accessible and using all the latest best practices, and yet within competitive timescales, which, as he points out, becomes more and more difficult by the day as Webforms shows its age against the ever evolving needs of modern development.

In particular, he laments the prevalence of "demoware", which is so common when dealing with tutorials on ASP.NET on the web, where we are continually sold the idea that you can create a site of commercially acceptable quality by pointing and clicking your way through a few wizards, and then us poor developers are measured against such timescales and expectations (violins please).

Therefore, not only does he cover this, and also related subjects (Mocking, jQuery etc.) in sufficient detail (also pointing us in the way of other useful literature), but he goes to great lengths to explain WHY things have been done this way in MVC, and the various best practices whose requirements MVC strives to meet.

An indispensible one for any serious ASP.NET developer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Mitchell on 19 May 2009
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Sanderson manages to cook up a feast from the acryonm soup. MVC looks to be THE big thing in the Microsoft development world, and I'm really glad to have found this guide.

Lots of the big brand publishers just commission people to fill in the gaps in their product range and I suspect the big names are just added as glorified editors to give credibility to the underlings. In contrast, Sanderson writes with product experience (which is very rare in these early days of MVC) and the fact that it is his first book show he is not writing to order - he really knows his stuff and cares about communicating it. His blog and the online resources back this up.

You are not buying a printed version of rehashed documentation, you are buying a well written technical book. Oh so rare and very valuable.

Highly recommended if you're even thinking about moving to the next generation of MS development.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edgardo Agno on 9 Nov. 2009
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I bought this book based from the 5 previous recommendations. And their recommendations does not disappoint. Because when you are learning a new technology, you need a good book to show you the ropes, otherwise you'll just get frustrated and annoyed. I hope Steven Sanderson writes another professional technical book.

In the first part of the book, Steven takes you straight in to the guts of an ASP.NET MVC application. Bulk of the first part is an e-commerce cookbook with an image catalog and shopping cart functionality which he refuses to call a demoware. There is a lot to take in, from the prerequisites of the new 3.5 .Net language features like lambdas, extension methods, projections, and anonymous types; to appreciating the importance of separation of concern by using interfaces to isolate the dependencies of objects. For example separating the implementation involved in a data store from the controller you use an interface to instantiate the controller. Since the controller only knows about the interface, it does not need to know how the concrete object is implemented. The two concerns have been separated cleanly and no implementation dependency will blight a maintainable, scalable solution. When you read this book, you get the sense of a sound educated rational in developing any type of application. This is probably due to the fact that MVC has been around for more than 30 years.

The second part explains all the plumbing you have used in part 1 in great detail and more. It explains the guts of the MVC architecture itself and how you can customise it to leverage it from your own preculiar requirements. Although some people might prefer to start reading the second part I actually think that Sanderson's method reinforces what I have seen in action in the first part.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kieran Senior on 10 Nov. 2009
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To be honest, the real reason I got this book was because it was one of the first books (if not the first) to come out in relation to ASP.NET MVC. Whilst my reasoning for buying it wasn't based on previous reviews it definitely isn't a regret.

I've been devouring this book at work in an effort to develop better MVC applications. The guidance is very straightforward and understandable even for those with zero clue in MVC architectures. Fortunately I had a good grounding in MVC having worked closely with the architecture previously, so it wasn't new to me.

Not only does Steve break down ASP.NET MVC chapter-by-chapter but he also gives a real world application to work through for a considerable amount of the book. This allows the reader to see how many of the features are applicable in the real-world which immediately made me want to give it five stars as I feel many authors of technical literature should do this.

Some things aren't made entirely clear. For example, my DAL uses stored procedures therefore I have to extend DataContext which means I have to provide the base constructor, essentially stopping me from passing a connection string to my repository constructor. The example given for Castle Windsor passes a connection string to the repository which left me stuck in my tracks. Of course you don't have to do it this way. Of course this is only a minor detail but a beginner may become stuck, and of course if Steve covered every single one of these minor details the book would've been twice the length, which wouldn't have been pleasureable for the reader or writer alike.

What is a shame is that Microsoft ferverently released ASP.NET MVC 2 which included a host of new features which would've been excellent in a book like this.
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