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Pro ASP.NET MVC Framework [Paperback]

Steve Sanderson
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1 April 2009 1430210079 978-1430210078
Steven Sanderson has seen the ASP.NET MVC framework mature from the start, so his experience, combined with comprehensive coverage of all the new features, including those in the official MVC development toolkit, offers the clearest understanding of how this exciting new framework could improve your coding efficiency-and you'll gain invaluable up-to-date awareness of security, deployment, and interoperability challenges. The ASP.NET MVC Framework is the latest evolution of Microsoft's ASP.NET web platform. It introduces a radically new high-productivity programming model that promotes cleaner code architecture, test-driven development, and powerful extensibility, combined with all the benefits of ASP.NET 3.5. An integral benefit of this book is that the core Model-View-Controller architectural concepts are not simply explained or discussed in isolation, but demonstrated in action. You'll work through an extended tutorial to create a working e-commerce web application that combines ASP.NET MVC with the latest C# 3.0 language features and unit-testing best practices. By gaining this invaluable, practical experience, you can discover MVCs strengths and weaknesses for yourself-and put your best learned theory into practice.

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  • Paperback: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Springer (1 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430210079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430210078
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 17.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic stuff 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. Clear, concise and SO helpful. 19 May 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent ASP.NET MVC Book 9 Nov 2009
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 15 May 2009
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An engaging and extremely well-written book that is bringing me up to speed on ASP.NET MVC very quickly. Steve Sanderson writes with enviable clarity, and has obviously put a lot of care, love and attention into this book.

Helping Steve and his readers is the MVC framework itself, a modern and beautiful way of writing web applications using Microsoft technology. It's basically "Ruby on Rails", copied by Microsoft (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery) and brought to the WebForms hoardes for a very welcome change in approach.

Being new, material you can trust on ASP.NET MVC is light on the ground of course, while the Internet and the bookstores are bursting full of ASP.NET WebForms knowledge. Steve is the perfect guide to the new world of MVC, and understands completely the changes in attitude and approach that people (like me) are going to have to make. His best quality is putting all the new knowledge in its correct context, anticipating the initial objections that current WebFormers are going to have (What?! You put inline code into the HTML markup?!) Steve greases the wheels of understanding all the way along.

All in all I must say that this is an exceptionally well-written book, and one that is constantly at my side these days.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More in depth example would have been nice
This is an excellent book packed full of information. My only gripe (as with many books that have an example project) is that the project isn't in-depth enough. Read more
Published on 27 May 2010 by Robin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Deserves the five stars. Can't rate it highly enough. Hope the author produces a second edition for ASP.NET 2.0 MVC.
Published on 14 Dec 2009 by John Parr
5.0 out of 5 stars Top draw
I am a C# MVP and have worked with most MSFT technologies but do not favour the web, instead I prefer to write WPF, but this book spiked my interest, having done Apache Struts and... Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2009 by Sacha Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars Technically Understandable
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. Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2009 by Kieran Senior
5.0 out of 5 stars This book rocks
I know next to nothing about ASP.MVC Framework, I have to admit it. For a years I was web developer and my life was WebForms and now, since I redireced my focus on other subjects,... Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2009 by Jimmy Skowronski
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book for Mircosoft MVC

I've bought this book and as far as I'm concerned is the bible for Microsoft ASP.net MVC. It is very thorough and in depth and has good examples at every stage. Read more
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