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This is the perfect book for the beginner and the advanced MVC developer. It is a one stop shop for learning the ASP.NET MVC 3 Framework. It starts out with a nice little sample application that will get beginners up to speed fast. It then covers the MVC Pattern in detail and how it relates to Domain-Driven Development, Repositories, Dependency Injection, and Automated Testing. Next the is a chapter on the C# features a good MVC developer needs in their tool belt, as well as the Razor syntax. This chapter does a good job of introducing the Razor view engine. Then there is a chapter on the essential tools MVC developers should understand. This chapter covers Ninject, Unit Testing and Moq. In the next three chapters the authors take you through building a real application. Everything is included from the views to the repository (using Entity Framework 4.1), to the databas... (more)

Book Review: WPF 4.5 Unleashed

So, do we stick with a technology that Microsoft has labelled as legacy - WPF, or do we go with the new unpopular WinRT for line of business applications? After the Silverlight fiasco I personally do not trust Microsoft to not throw the baby out with the bath water again in the future. My hope for Microsoft is all placed on the fact that the Steves (Sinofsky, Ballmer) are gone/going. Right now I am sticking with WPF instead of moving to WinRT for new LOB applications. My primary reason is WinRT tablets are still sitting on shelves and I can't come up with any reason why they sho... (more)

The Political Side of Silverlight’s Death

Let us say MS supports Silverlight for the next 10 years. That is great. But that means nothing to the customers I work with. Microsoft's poor communication over the past months built the coffin and BUILD put the nails in it when it was not even listed as a product. I lost a contract about 9 months or a year ago because of Bob M.'s comments, rebooted two Silverlight and one WPF project because of BUILD. I just restarted planning a major initiative that was to include a WPF interface, a Silverlight interface, an MVC interface, and an ASP.NET interface. It was luckily only a few w... (more)

Book Review: Managing the Unmanageable

On any significant size project I am going to have a team of developers reporting to me. Over the years those numbers have varied greatly. I have managed 1 developer and teams of developers. I have the most fun on projects where I have between 4 and 10 developers. I also prefer to be partnered with a good project manager or none at all. A bad project manager just makes it harder to keep the team motivated and the client happy. I would say less the 5% of the gigs I have been on have provided a good project manager. 25% of them have provided bad ones, and the rest of the gigs the r... (more)

.NET, iOS & Java Architecture & Development Book Recommendations for 2013

Another year has gone by. Merry X-mas and Happy New Year everyone. It is time to update my book recommendation blog. This year's list will have a few new book topics added to list. I have ventured in iOS, Java, Android and Windows Store development, so along with all the usual Microsoft topics you will find recommendations for those topics as well. There have been a ton of books come out this year both good and bad. Be sure to check out the Shiny Turds book section which lists books that do not Cut the Mustard *-Do not Buy-* section. It is the last in the list. These are all boo... (more)