ASP.NET Core Application Development: Building an application in four sprints (Developer Reference)

ASP.NET Core Application Development: Building an application in four sprints (Developer Reference)
By James Chambers, David Paquette, Simon Timms

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Master ASP.NET Core hands-on: from architecture through deployment and beyond

This book guides you through the entire process of building, deploying, and managing cross-platform web apps with ASP.NET Core. You’ll master Microsoft’s revolutionary open source ASP.NET Core technology, and learn how to integrate the immense power of MVC, Docker, Azure Web Apps, Visual Studio, C#, JavaScript, and Entity Framework. Working alongside the fictitious development team at Alpine Ski House, you’ll witness a four-sprint journey starting with a blank canvas. You’ll see the team architect and design their software, adjust to user feedback, and move through builds, testing, deployment, maintenance, and refactoring.

Throughout, you’ll discover how to deliver state-of-the-art software faster and more repeatably than ever before.

Three leading Microsoft MVPs show how to:

• Build great cross-platform apps using ASP.NET Core and open source frameworks

• Go beyond MVC to build a complete ASP.Net Core application

• Create builds on Day One and quickly deploy viable products

• Integrate Azure support to gain cloud scalability

• Run or develop cross-platform solutions on Linux

• Establish consistent development environments with Docker

• Access data with Entity Framework Core 1.0

• Generate HTML views with the updated Razor view engine

• Apply the new configuration system and structured logging

• Use identity to enforce security and provide rights

• Improve testability and maintainability with dependency injection

• Use and manage JavaScript in ASP.NET Core environments

• Choose and work with package managers to make life easier

• Use SASS to write maintainable, attractive CSS

• Make the most of tag helpers and other reusable components

• Test web apps efficiently using and Jasmine

• Design, organize, and refactor apps to smoothly accommodate change

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Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #345822 in Books
  • Brand: Microsoft Press
  • Published on: 2016-12-16
  • Original language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.90" h x 1.00" w x 7.40" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 432 pages


  • Microsoft Press

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

James Chambers, a five-time Microsoft MVP in Developer Technologies, currently develops with ASP.NET Core and the MVC Framework running on Azure and AWS. He is an independent consultant, mentor and active blogger and contributes to several open source projects.

David Paquette, a four-time Microsoft MVP, is a software developer and independent consultant. He has extensive experience using .NET to build both web-based and Windows applications; deep software engineering knowledge, and a passion for quality user experiences.

Simon Timms is a multi-year Microsoft MVP, community builder, blogger, developer and independent consultant. His technological interests are varied and he enjoys everything from distributed systems to hot new JavaScript frame¿works. He has a strong background in both development as well as operations, and so drives his teams crazy by being involved in everything from builds to development to server provisioning.

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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Great Handbook, and a Great Story, too!
By Tip
I really loved this book. The "story" of the evolution of the development team, learning to use ASP.NET Core was fantastic, and often quite humorous. I think the best part was that I felt like I was learning ASP.NET Core application development right along with the characters in the story. The technical descriptions of the features of ASP.NET Core are superb, and this has become my favorite "handbook" when developing new systems "from scratch." I can easily find perfect examples, instructions, and explanations that help me to understand the difference between Core 1.1 development and older ASP.NET development methodologies. Superb book!

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
3Introduce many technologies and frameworks without much detail
By Win
Title is misleading. I thought I will be developing ASP.Net Core application from start to finish in 4 sprints. I was wrong; authors divide the book into 4 sections, and call each part as Sprint. It is definitely not same Sprint we use in Agile development with Scrum.

I wish I could write the sample project from the scratch along with the book, but it is not designed to read that way. Authors use the source from GitHub, and then randomly pull out codes from the project and briefly explain them in the book. Some codes explained in the books do not match up the downloaded source code.

I should have started reading from part 3 and 4 before part 1 and 2. I personally think sample project is excellent, and follows good practices. I wish authors focus more on the sample project instead of introducing new technologies and techniques totally out of the scope such as Docker Container, Azure Blob Storage and Azure AD, and leave you with many questions.

Authors definitely have extensive knowledge on the subject, and want to introduce you with new technologies in each chapters. Although the book said previous version of MVC experience is not required, I personally think reader should be mid to senior developer or software architect in order to fully understand and implement those technologies.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
5Highly recommended for understanding modern professional 2017 application development
By Pam
I'm so glad I found this book! It should be called "Application Development - all the details you need to know" because it's really all about developing a modern application from scratch using a team approach (even if you are a team of 1). I highly recommend it as the first book to read on application development in 2017. This is absolutely the book you should start with... even if you don't know if you want to do ASP.NET Core or Azure. It should be required reading for all programmer and students that want to understand modern programming. It talks about a lot of the subjects, including all the client side technologies, plus other considerations, like cache, that you will need to know and tells you what works, what's up and coming, and what is outdated and why.

Don't worry if you don't understand everything. Read it through once, and take notes on the technologies you need to learn - it will really help you get the big picture. Then go to Pluralsight or Udemy or one of the other training sites and look at the Prerequisites you are going to need for each of the technologies. It took me days just to write down all the things I needed to learn and figure out the order to do what I wanted to do. I kept highlighting sections of the text and putting margin notes saying "use this" and "don't use this" as they talk you through the process of putting together and team, deciding on the technologies to use, and writing the application, testing it, and putting it up on the web.

Before this book, for example, I already knew html5 and css and some javascript and jquery. But I had no idea that there are probably a hundred frameworks and that a lot of CSS can be more automated. So the basics learned in a programming class is only the very beginning of what you need to know. This book also has lots of tips and cautions and common sense that you may not have thought about.

This book teaches application development through the eyes of a team going through the steps in a programming project, it isn't really a follow-along coding book on core, or in-depth reference on core. If that is what you are looking for then buy something else or take one of the online courses. But do you even know if that is what you really want to learn, or if you are up to speed on all the prerequisites? Read this book first before doing anything else. It's a fun easy to read book that won't take that long, well worth your time unless you are already an advanced mvc programmer.

I agree that the book is a little out of order. And there are a few areas where the 3 authors seem to disagree slightly. And I think the book should have some sort of flow chart in the beginning that follows through the book so you can visually see how each section of each chapter fits into the big picture... I intend to create this for myself and then read the book a second time. There is just so much information in this book and ASP.NET Core is a part of what they talk about, but there is so much more they consider in writing a quality application. For example, which add-ins you need for Visual Studio, or what to use if you aren't going to use Visual Studio.

Just read it. Highly recommended even if you aren't doing ASP.NET Core. I have a much better and more accurate picture of how everything fits together and the process of creating an application now that I've read it.

If you actually read all of the book, you know that it's worth more than 3 stars just for the education on how to write an quality modern application. Sure it might be a 3 star ASP.NET Core book because it doesn't let you program along with it, and skips around. But if it were named more accurately it would be a 5 star book, one that everyone should read if they want to write quality applications without taking months sifting through the web to figure out which of the technologies to use and how to write it.

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