Paperback: 428 pages
Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (April 21, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
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This is an awesome book but it's not for everyone, and in some ways the author states this himself in the beginning of the book. This title is basically targeted at people who have started their ASP.NET career as MVC developers and may have skipped web forms and learning the broader ASP.NET architecture and platform. I know from personal experience that you can actually get pretty far in ASP.NET development by diving straight into MVC and just learning how the framework works without initially investing time in learning the lower level workings of the ASP.NET platform.This book contains tons of helpful chapters for developers who have not spent much time outside of the confines of the MVC framework. Discussions include the overall Application and Request life cycles starting at IIS and when they are mapped to ASP.NET and how they are translated to the MVC framework. A lot of MVC books just skim over this process and start with the controllers and actions, which is actually pretty deep into the life cycle and skips a ton of steps. The book covers HTTP modules and handlers and many ASP.NET services and life cycle events that every serious developer should know.This book also includes some great content on the new ASP.NET Identity system and takes you through all the steps of setting up a simple but modern authentication system. A lot of books only skim the surface of this process and leave out a lot of code, but the author spends a couple chapters walking through this and it's very helpful. There are also some good chapters on caching, which can be a confusing topic (in my opinion).A couple minor gripes: there are a couple less useful chapters.
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