Book Review: Pro ASP.NET MVC Framework by Steven Sanderson

Initially, this book review about Pro ASP.NET MVC Framework by Steven Sanderson was going to be much longer.

Cover of Pro ASP.NET MVC Framework by Steve SandersonI planned to write about this book in detail and tell what I liked about it. I would have given you a chapter by chapter overview, detailing the topics the books discusses and giving you my opinion on how well it served my needs. I would have described the excellent walkthrough of the SportsStore demo application, and I would have gone into chapters such as URLs and Routing, Controllers and Actions, and Views that take you deep into the architecture of the MVC framework. I would have explained how useful the other chapters are that deal with important topics such as Data Entry, Ajax and Client Scripting, Security, Deployment and Combining MVC and Web Forms.

I was also going to tell you how much I liked the book, how I think it provides you with an enormous amount of information and insight about the ASP.NET MVC framework, without getting dry or theoretical. And I was going to wholeheartedly recommend getting this book (or its successor that's about to be released) if you're serious about ASP.NET MVC 1 or 2.

However, then I remembered the DRO principle - my variation on the well-known DRY - or Don't Repeat Yourself principle. DRO means Don't Repeat Others which means I shouldn't spend a whole lot of time repeating what others have already written. Instead, I recommend you to go to the web site and read all the rave reviews about this book. Once you're done reading, click the Add to Cart button and you could be reading this great book tomorrow.

Highly recommended. 5 Stars. Can't wait for the MVC 2 version to arrive later this month.


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On Tuesday, May 4, 2010 8:36:11 PM Nick said:
HI Imar,

Do you rate this book over the Wrox one? I'm considering whcih MVC 2 book to go far. A credible opinion like yours could sway it.

Cheers matey
On Tuesday, May 4, 2010 9:12:42 PM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi Nick,

I haven't seen the V2 versions of either book, so I can't say a lot about those. I have (and read) the Wrox v1 as well, and while I think it's quite alright, I also think the Apress one is more detailed so I'd prefer that one. It's been a while since I read the Wrox version, so don't take this as the most reliable recommendation.

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