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Book Review: Pro ASP.NET MVC 3 Framework

Perfect book for the beginner and the advanced MVC developer

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 database. They also include the unit tests. The application is a complete store front and an administration site.

The next part of the book includes details on individual features of the ASP.NET MVC 3 Framework. It includes chapters on URLs, Routing & Areas, Controllers & Actions, Filters, Controller Extensibility, Views, Model Templates, Model Binding, Model Validation, Unobtrusive Ajax, and jQuery.

The last part of the book has chapters on Security, Authentication & Authorization, Deployment.

I like that the authors show you how to take advantage of the tools available in Visual Studio 2010 to help get you as productive as possible.

This is a very well rounded book. It covers everything a .NET Architect and Developer needs to know to build real world applications.

At the time I am writing this review there is no code samples available for download. The book says there will be eventually, so I am sure they will be made available eventually. I wrote one of the authors, but did not get a response.

All in all I highly recommend this book for anyone moving into the ASP.NET MVC 3 Framework world.

Pro ASP.NET MVC 3 Framework

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Tad Anderson has been doing Software Architecture for 18 years and Enterprise Architecture for the past few.