Series: Expert's Voice in ASP.Net
Paperback: 832 pages
Publisher: Apress; 5th ed. edition (December 20, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
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My background: I have been building in .NET applications for 8 years, with experience in web application development, but with no experience in any MVC-style technology.This is one of the best technology books I've ever read for a technology I'm learning from scratch. The first half of the book covers the basics, then starts to build, chapter by chapter, an actual application that slowly teaches you the basics of all the concepts. This is followed up by deep dive chapters on each of those concepts that go into heavy detail. I read the first half of the book all the way through, then skipped around to topics that interested me for the last half.Adam Freeman's writing style and examples are thorough, step by step, and easy to follow. He continually states not to worry about certain topics too much in the first half, but gives you a clear reference point as to where he covers that topic later in the book in detail if you do want to skip ahead.I picked up the print version of this from , but I did get the companion ebook from Apress directly (they heavily discount this on their site), which made it much easier to copy and paste in code examples.Up front, Adam includes explanations of dependency injection (showing how to use Ninject in MVC), mocking (focusing on Moq), and a bit of the Entity Framework as well, and throughout the book focuses on unit testing cases as well (though if you wish to skip these, they are clearly marked to be separated from the rest of the content). While you may be anxious to dive straight into the MVC-specific content, this really lets you practically see how to truly build your own MVC apps using industry-standard techniques.I plan on picking up the Pro ASP.
Newbies to the platform, please read:First of all, this book is very important. Is the only properly done documentation in the whole web about ASP.NET MVC 5 for complete beginners. This will NOT teach you C#.One extraordinary big suggestion I give, is to read the book COMPLETELY, before banging your head. The first 14 chapters of the book may look like some alien stuff. But the author starts explaining afterwads.I also suggest you to look for Ninject documentation online, and compliment it with the one in the book. You'll then get to understand what Dependency Injection is (It took me long days to understand part of it). The same goes for Unit Testing and Mocking, which all three where completely new terms for me.I started reading the book with basic C# knowledge and I needed to look for external references to close the gap. It isn't imperative to know lots of C# code. Pretty basic will do fine.Now, I've been struggling a lot with ASP.NET MVC 5. I've started using C# (coming from PHP) since the beginning of this year, and when I started reading this book I've stumbled man many many black mental lagoons. Which I needed to use Google + MSDN + Stack Overflow to get rid of them.To this day I haven't dominated the thing at all. I've been stuck with reading and updating from the Database, and that is something I want to tell you about:This book is about the MVC framework. Please note that the MVC framework isn't the one which takes charge of the database: Creating, Reading, Updating, Deleting (CRUD) tables and databases is taken care of the Identity API and Entity Framework,.Identity can be learned from Chapters 14 and 15 from the ASP.NET Platform book, given by free by the author on Apress' site.
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