ASP.NET MVC NerdDinner Walkthrough

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At long last, the book that I worked on with Scott Hanselman, Rob Conery, and Scott Guthrie is in stock at

To commemorate the book being available, the two Scotts worked very hard to convert the free eBook of chapter 1 (the end-to-end walkthrough) from the PDF into a series of HTML articles.

This is a great series which walks through the construction of the NerdDinner website. It touches upon most of the day-to-day aspects of ASP.NET MVC that you’ll want to know. It’s a great way to start understanding how the pieces largely fit together.

The rest of the book is for those who want to drill deep into the details of how the framework works. We tried to pepper the book with notes and anecdotes from the product team in a style similar to the annotations in the Framework Design Guidelines book. If you’re looking for reasons not to buy the book, see Rob’s post.

extended-forehead-editionThe bad news is that despite our heroic efforts in which we cajoled, begged, and pleaded and rendered our clothes asunder, we were not able to convince our editors to produce a special platinum extended forehead edition of the book. I really thought we could we charge extra for the limited edition cover and make gangbusters. I’ll just post it here so you can see for yourself. Click on it for a larger view.

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  1. Avatar for Simon
    Simon April 28th, 2009

    I love how your extended forehead leans to your right. I take it you are right-brained?

  2. Avatar for Michael K. Campbell
    Michael K. Campbell April 29th, 2009

    I believe that should be called the 5-head edition.
    I definitely would have paid more for it though...

  3. Avatar for zack
    zack April 29th, 2009

    will amazon sell a kindle version of the book? currently there doesn't appear to be one for sale.

  4. Avatar for wife
    wife April 29th, 2009

    currently sales rank #140 in Amazon books overall!!!
    : )

  5. Avatar for Utkarsh Puranik
    Utkarsh Puranik April 29th, 2009

    Read the first chapter where you have given walkthrough of NerdDinner, benefited from it a lot. Now I understand the basics of MVC. Waiting for this book to reach bookstores in my city(cause I cannot buy online :( )

  6. Avatar for Andrei Rinea
    Andrei Rinea April 29th, 2009

    It would have been cooler to have the extended forehead edition with a bonus chapter. That would have made killer sales!

  7. Avatar for Ferry Meidianto
    Ferry Meidianto May 1st, 2009

    Cool :D
    I'm waiting for the book I bought from amazon to arrive.
    Let's see what can I get without those 4 foreheads, hehe...

  8. Avatar for Ruslan O.
    Ruslan O. May 1st, 2009

    I'm currently reading this book. And should be noted, it's written in a perfect form!
    It's really excellent job!
    Thanks a lot.

  9. Avatar for Jeff
    Jeff May 4th, 2009

    Phil, I know you all work for Microsoft but I wonder why you aren't pushing people harder towards MVC. I would be dismayed if only 5% of users adopt the MVC framework.
    In my opinion, WebForms is only good for smaller sites, intranet sites and such. I think MVC is a huge step in the right direction from Microsoft and should be promoting it as such.

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    arti May 4th, 2009

    This is the best book I have read in a long time. Now if only somebody could write this kind of book for Entity Framework.

  11. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked May 4th, 2009

    @Jeff I wrote a freakin' book on it. What more do ya want?! ;)
    My hope is that if we make a good product, it'll push itself.

  12. Avatar for Geoffrey Emery
    Geoffrey Emery May 7th, 2009

    Just finished the book. ROCK ON!.. Loved it. Loved the banter. First time i lol when reading tech book.

  13. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked May 7th, 2009

    @Geoffrey which part made you LOL? :)

  14. Avatar for Alex
    Alex May 8th, 2009

    What suggestions/links for replacing LINQ2SQL with entity framework? I am stuck at the point where you are going over OnValidate methods - EF doesn't have this...
    Thank you,