Professional ASP.NET MVC 1.0

  • ISBN13: 9780470384619
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This book begins with you working along as Scott Guthrie builds a complete ASP.NET MVC reference application. He begins NerdDinner by using the File->New Project menu command within Visual Studio to create a new ASP.NET MVC Application. You’ll then incrementally add functionality and features. Along the way you’ll cover how to create a database, build a model layer with business rule validations, implement listing/details data browsing, provide CRUD (Create, Updat… More >>

Professional ASP.NET MVC 1.0


  1. If you are looking for a gentle overview of the ASP.NET MVC Framework, this is a solid book. If you are looking for a “Pro” book, there are better books available.

    Over a third of the book is the Nerddinner walkthrough which is an excellent introduction to the ASP.NET MVC Framework. There are plenty of pictures so you don’t lose your way, and the step-by-step instructions really help the beginning ASP.NET MVC Developer better understand the code, how it works, and why it was coded as such. Nerddinner will always be that beginner example we talk about and I love having it in book form.

    The rest of the book starts to systematically look at the various pieces of ASP.NET MVC – Routes, Controllers, Views, and Filters. You basically get a very nice overview of each with a deeper-dive now and then. As a beginner book, I think the deeper dives are nicely placed and fine for someone who wants to use the MVC Framework out-of-the-box. However, for those who want to become an expert, extend the framework, or create an opinionated MVC Framework, you will be disappointed that the book does not go deep enough.

    There are some smaller chapters on AJAX, security, unit testing, Webforms vs. MVC, and using Webforms with MVC. Again, good beginner material that gets your feet wet for more advanced and challenging books. The chapters entitled, Webforms vs. MVC and Webforms with MVC, feel like Microsoft product positioning, but they are still useful in understanding their thoughts ( whether you agree or disagree ).

    Lastly the book has some quotes and personal thoughts by various ASP.NET MVC team members sprinkled throughout. I personally love those little gems as it gives you insight here and there into the development process and the decisions that had to be made. Reminds me of the book, Framework Design Guidelines. It humanizes the book, making it fun.

    In conclusion, I think Professional ASP.NET MVC 1.0 is a solid beginner book. I think it would have been better named “Beginning ASP.NET MVC 1.0,” but I have been using the ASP.NET MVC Framework for a long time, too.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. I’ve now just completed the book from start to finish. What I loved about the book was how easy it was to read. It was very entertaining yet informative. It has great coding examples that actually work. It dug into some architectural concepts that I was looking for.

    What I didn’t like was I would like to go deeper into a few topics (I think that is just personal preference).

    Other than that it was worth the money I spent.

    Thanks guys for a good reference book!
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. I want to start by saying that, generally speaking, I have great respect for the four authors of this book since they are the core developers behind ASP.NET MVC.

    Having said that, I’m disppointed with this title, much as I am with many Wrox titles. I don’t know why I keep buying Wrox books. I bought this book primarily because of all the good reviews here at, but sadly, these reviews were not reliable.

    This book is for beginners. And, having said that, unfortunately, it doesn’t go into much detail. Half the book (literally) is chapter 1 written by Scott Guthrie (his blog is AWESOME, however, hence the great respect), but it’s a very trivial example with an equally trivial mashup, if you can even call it that.

    The second half is the rest of the book. There were a few nuggets that I picked up that I hadn’t gleaned from the equally trivial and scant tutorials at the website. Other than that, I can’t say I learned much more than what I had already discovered through trial and error by working through the website tutorials. I was hoping that the tutorials were so trivial and light because all these guys were working on some great books. Sadly, this particular book did not live up to my expectations.

    Sorry guys.

    I should point out that these guys’ blogs are great (particularly Scott Gu’s and Phil Haack’s).
    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. I was very much looking forward to this book by the “Pantheon of MVC” from MS. These guys’ blogs are absolutely brilliant, and I could not wait to read what they could do together.

    Perhaps I set myself up for disappointment, but the truth is that the most valuable part of this book is the first chapter (which takes up about 1/3 of the total book, by volume), and that chapter is exclusively the NerdDinner tutorial, which is available as a free pdf from Scott Guthrie’s blog and elsewhere.

    The rest of the book was far too basic and introductory for a book entitled “Professional”. I would expect that a re-title to the “From Novice to Professional” line would be more appropriate.

    Finally, I agree with another reviewer here that said they spent way too much time apologizing and placating the Webforms crowd.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  5. At first I thought Why should I read this book if I get the nerd dinner app for free? Well the book goes into allot more depth and covers allot of issues that most readers would have scanned over in the Nerd Dinner app.

    I really liked this book. Obviously it’s written by four of the smartest people at Microsoft so it contains a wealth of great tips and tricks. I think that the routing section could have been done a bit better, but over-all it’s a great read. I feel I have a solid start to MVC and I really liked the friendly banter between the authors.

    A must read for entering the MVC .NET Realm.

    Rating: 4 / 5

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