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on 3 July 2009
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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