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1. Professional ASP.NET MVC 5 (2014)

ASP.NET MVC insiders cover the latest updates to the technology in this popular Wrox reference

MVC 5 is the newest update to the popular Microsoft technology that enables you to build dynamic, data-driven websites. Like previous versions, this guide shows you step-by-step techniques on using MVC to best advantage, with plenty of practical tutorials to illustrate the concepts. It covers controllers, views, and models; forms and HTML helpers; data annotation and validation; membership, authorization, and security.

  • MVC 5, the latest version of MVC, adds sophisticated features such as single page applications, mobile optimization, and adaptive rendering
  • A team of top Microsoft MVP experts, along with visionaries in the field, provide practical advice on basic and advanced MVC topics
  • Covers controllers, views, models, forms, data annotations, authorization and security, Ajax, routing, ASP.NET web API, dependency injection, unit testing, real-world application, and much more

Professional ASP.NET MVC 5 is the comprehensive resource you need to make the best use of the updated Model-View-Controller technology.

Author(s): Jon Galloway, Brad Wilson

2. Pro ASP.NET Core MVC 2 (2017)

Now in its 7th edition, the best selling book on MVC is updated for ASP.NET Core MVC 2. It contains detailed explanations of the Core MVC functionality which enables developers to produce leaner, cloud optimized and mobile-ready applications for the .NET platform. This book puts ASP.NET Core MVC into context and dives deep into the tools and techniques required to build modern, cloud optimized extensible web applications. All the new MVC features are described in detail and the author explains how best to apply them to both new and existing projects.

The ASP.NET Core MVC Framework is the latest evolution of Microsoft’s ASP.NET web platform, built on a completely new foundation. It represents a fundamental change to how Microsoft constructs and deploys web frameworks and is free of the legacy of earlier technologies such as Web Forms. ASP.NET Core MVC provides a “host agnostic” framework and a high-productivity programming model that promotes cleaner code architecture, test-driven development, and powerful extensibility.

Best-selling author Adam Freeman has thoroughly revised this market-leading book and explains how to get the most from ASP.NET Core MVC. He starts with the nuts-and-bolts and shows you everything through to advanced features, going in-depth to give you the knowledge you need. The book includes a fully worked case study of a functioning web application that readers can use as a template for their own projects.

What’s New in This Edition

  • Fully updated for Visual Studio 2017, C# 7 and .NET Core 2
  • Coverage of new features such as view filters
  • Wider platform and tooling coverage than ever before, with more on Visual Studio Code and working with .NET Core on non-Windows platforms
  • Docker-based application deployment

What You Will Learn

  • Gain a solid architectural understanding of ASP.NET Core MVC
  • Explore the entire ASP.NET MVC Framework as a cohesive whole
  • See how MVC and test-driven development work in action
  • Learn what’s new in ASP.NET Core MVC 2 and how best to apply these new features to your own work
  • See how to create RESTful web services and Single Page Applications
  • Build on your existing knowledge of previous MVC releases to get up and running with the new programming model quickly and effectively

Who This Book Is For

This book is for web developers with a basic knowledge of ASP.NET and C# who want to incorporate the latest improvements and functionality in the ASP.NET Core MVC 2 Framework.

Author(s): Adam Freeman

3. Pro ASP.NET MVC 5 (Expert’s Voice in ASP.Net) (2013)

The ASP.NET MVC 5 Framework is the latest evolution of Microsoft’s ASP.NET web platform. It provides a high-productivity programming model that promotes cleaner code architecture, test-driven development, and powerful extensibility, combined with all the benefits of ASP.NET.

ASP.NET MVC 5 contains a number of advances over previous versions, including the ability to define routes using C# attributes and the ability to override filters. The user experience of building MVC applications has also been substantially improved. The new, more tightly integrated, Visual Studio 2013 IDE has been created specifically with MVC application development in mind and provides a full suite of tools to improve development times and assist in reporting, debugging and deploying your code.

The popular Bootstrap JavaScript library has also now been included natively within MVC 5 providing you, the developer, with a wider range of multi-platform CSS and HTML5 options than ever before without the penalty of having to load-in third party libraries.

Author(s): Adam Freeman

4. ASP.NET MVC 5 with Bootstrap and Knockout.js: Building Dynamic, Responsive Web Applications (2015)

Bring dynamic server-side web content and responsive web design together to build websites that work and display well on any resolution, desktop or mobile. With this practical book, you’ll learn how by combining the ASP.NET MVC server-side language, the Bootstrap front-end framework, and Knockout.js—the JavaScript implementation of the Model-View-ViewModel pattern.

Author Jamie Munro introduces these and other related technologies by having you work with sophisticated web forms. At the end of the book, experienced and aspiring web developers alike will learn how to build a complete shopping cart that demonstrates how these technologies interact with each other in a sleek, dynamic, and responsive web application.

  • Build well-organized, easy-to-maintain web applications by letting ASP.NET MVC 5, Bootstrap, and Knockout.js do the heavy lifting
  • Use ASP.NET MVC 5 to build server-side web applications, interact with a database, and dynamically render HTML
  • Create responsive views with Bootstrap that render on a variety of modern devices; you may never code with CSS again
  • Add Knockout.js to enhance responsive web design with snappy client-side interactions driven by your server-side web application

Author(s): Jamie Munro

5. Programming Microsoft ASP.NET MVC (3rd Edition) (Developer Reference) (2014)

Develop next-generation web applications with ASP.NET MVC

Go deep into the architecture and features of ASP.NET MVC 5, and learn how to build web applications that work well on both the desktop and mobile devices. Web development expert Dino Esposito takes you through the web framework’s Model-View-Controller (MVC) design model, and covers the tools you need to cleanly separate business logic from the user interface. If you’re an experienced web developer new to ASP.NET MVC, this practical guide will get you going.

Discover how to:

  • Build web applications that are easy to test and maintain
  • Dive into the functions of controllers—the heart of an MVC site
  • Explore the structure and behavior of a view engine
  • Process a variety of input data using a custom model binder
  • Automate the writing of input forms, and streamline validation
  • Design websites for mobile devices, localization, and error handling
  • Provide security by implementing a membership system
  • Inject script code into your site using JavaScript and jQuery
  • Use Responsive Web Design to make sites mobile-friendly

Author(s): Dino Esposito

6. ASP.NET MVC 5 – Building a Website with Visual Studio 2015 and C Sharp: The Tactical Guidebook (2016)

Want to learn how to build an MVC 5 website?
Prerequisites:

  • C# (you need to be proficient)
  • MVC 5 (you need some prior experience)
  • HTML5/CSS3 (you need basic knowledge)
  • JavaScript/JQuery (you need basic knowledge)

This book is primarily aimed at developers who havesome prior experience with MVC 5 and are proficient in C#, since thelanguage won't be explained in any detail. Even if you already havecreated a couple of MVC projects, you might find the content in thisbook useful as a refresher. You might have worked in previous versionsof Visual Studio and MVC and want a fast no-fluff way to get up to speed with MVC 5.

In this book you will learn how to build an MVC 5 website using C#, Entity Framework, HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and Ajax.

  • Create a "real world" code-first database using Entity Framework.
  • Add and modify models, views and controllers to perform CRUD operations against the database.
  • Use client-side and server-side validation.
  •  Secure the controllers, actions and view content with authorization and roles.
  • Implement security with ASP.NET Identity (authentication, authorization and roles).
  • Use JavaScript, JQuery and Ajax to build a great end-user interface with asynchronous server calls.
  • Style the user interfaces using CSS3 and Bootstrap.
  • Create a responsive website.
  • Implement product subscription scenarios with registration codes.
  • Create an alternate way to login to the application.
  • Implement password reset functionality.
  • Register users with the site.
  • Manage users and their subscriptions.

Technologies, frameworks and languages:

  • C# (you need to be proficient)
  • HTML5/CSS3 (you need basic knowledge)
  • JavaScript/JQuery (you need basic knowledge)
  • MVC 5 (you will create/modify models, views and controllers)
  • Razor syntax (to include server-side code in views)
  • Bootstrap (used for styling and to create a responsive design)
  • Ajax (used for asynchronous server calls)
  • LINQ (to query the database)
  • Extension methods (to clean up your C# code and enable re-use)
  • HTML Helper methods (to clean up your HTML and enable re-use)
  • Use settings from the web.config file

This book does not cover ASP.NET Core 1.0

I hope you love the book!
Sincerely,
Jonas Fagerberg

Now click the Buy button to start reading the book

Author(s): Jonas Fagerberg

7. Learning ASP.NET Core 2.0: Build modern web apps with ASP.NET Core 2.0, MVC, and EF Core 2 (2017)

Learn how web applications can be built efficiently using ASP.NET Core 2.0 and related frameworks

Key Features

  • Get to grips with the new features and APIs introduced in ASP.NET Core 2.0
  • Leverage the MVC framework and Entity Framework Core 2 to build efficient applications
  • Learn to deploy your web applications in new environments such as the cloud and Docker

Book Description

The ability to develop web applications that are highly efficient but also easy to maintain has become imperative to many businesses. ASP.NET Core 2.0 is an open source framework from Microsoft, which makes it easy to build cross-platform web applications that are modern and dynamic. This book will take you through all of the essential concepts in ASP.NET Core 2.0, so you can learn how to build powerful web applications.

The book starts with a brief introduction to the ASP.NET Core framework and the improvements made in the latest release, ASP.NET Core 2.0. You will then build, test, and debug your first web application very quickly. Once you understand the basic structure of ASP.NET Core 2.0 web applications, you’ll dive deeper into more complex concepts and scenarios.

Moving on, we’ll explain how to take advantage of widely used frameworks such as Model View Controller and Entity Framework Core 2 and you’ll learn how to secure your applications. Finally, we’ll show you how to deploy and monitor your applications using Azure, AWS, and Docker.

After reading the book, you’ll be able to develop efficient and robust web applications in ASP.NET Core 2.0 that have high levels of customer satisfaction and adoption.

What you will learn

  • Set up your development environment using Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio Code
  • Create a fully automated continuous delivery pipeline using Visual Studio Team Services
  • Get to know the basic and advanced concepts of ASP.NET Core 2.0 with detailed examples
  • Build an MVC web application and use Entity Framework Core 2 to access data
  • Add Web APIs to your web applications using RPC, REST, and HATEOAS
  • Authenticate and authorize users with built-in ASP.NET Core 2.0 features
  • Use Azure, Amazon Web Services, and Docker to deploy and monitor your applications

Who This Book Is For

This book is for developers who would like to build modern web applications with ASP.NET Core 2.0. No prior knowledge of ASP.NET or .NET Core is required. However, basic programming knowledge is assumed. Additionally, previous Visual Studio experience will be helpful but is not required, since detailed instructions will guide through the samples of the book.This book can also help people, who work in infrastructure engineering and operations, to monitor and diagnose problems during the runtime of ASP.NET Core 2.0 web applications.

Table of Contents

  1. What is ASPNET Core 2
  2. Setting up the environment
  3. Creating a Continuous Integration Pipeline in VSTS
  4. Basic Concepts of ASPNET Core 2
  5. Basic Concepts of ASPNET Core 2 Part 2
  6. Creating MVC Applications
  7. Creating WebApi Applications
  8. Accessing Data using Entity-Framework Core
  9. Securing Asp .net Core Application
  10. Hosting & Deploying ASP.NET Core 2.0 Applications
  11. Managing & Supervising ASP.NET Core 2.0 Applications

Author(s): Jason De Oliveira, Michel Bruchet

8. ASP.NET Core 2.0 MVC & Razor Pages for Beginners: How to Build a Website (2017)

Want to learn how to build ASP.NET Core 2.0 MVC and Razor Page Web Applications?
Prerequisites:

  • C# (Intermediate level; including Generics, Reflection and Object-Oriented Programming (OOP))
  • HTML5/CSS3 (Basic knowledge)

This book is primarily aimed at developers who want to learn how to build ASP.NET Core 2.0 MVC and Razor Page applications. You should be an intermediate level C# developer with some experience in HTML5 and CSS3. The C# language won’t be explained in any detail.
You will learn ASP.NET Core 2.0 by building three applications. The first application will be built using an empty template, the second with the MVC template, and the third with Razor Pages. The goal with the first basic application is to get you familiar with ASP.NET Core 2.0 by adding middleware and services one piece at a time. Then you will create a solution with three projects; the first project will be used to create a shared database with Entity Framework Core 2.0, the second project is a MVC application for the regular user interface, and the third project is an administrator user interface built with Razor Pages. This solution is a video course website, where users can register to gain access to video courses and administrators can add and modify course content and users.
If you are already familiar with MVC 5 or ASP.NET Core 1.0/1.1, the content in this book can get you started with ASP.NET Core 2.0 in a fast, no-fluff way.
It’s important to mention that this book is practical and tactical, where you will learn as you progress through the modules and build real web applications in the process. To spare you countless pages of fluff (filler material), only valuable information, pertinent to the task at hand, is discussed. The benefit is a shorter and more condensed book, which will save you time and give you a more enjoyable experience.
This experience is something you can put in your CV when applying for a job or a consultant position, or when negotiating a higher salary.
Technologies, frameworks and languages you will use:

  • Visual Studio 2017
  • ASP.NET Core 2.0
  • MVC and Razor Pages (new in ASP.NET 2.0)
  • Services (To provide your own functionality as a reusable service)
  • Middleware (To provide you own functionality to HTTP Request pipeline)
  • Entity Framework (To crate and communicate with a database)
  • View Component (To render data in the _Layout view with model data)
  • Dependency Injection (To inject objects into constructors)
  • Bootstrap (Used for styling and to create a responsive design)
  • LINQ (To query the database)
  • Tag Helper (to clean up the HTML and enable re-use)
  • HTML Helper methods (to clean up your HTML and enable re-use)
  • Partial views (to clean up your views and enable re-use)
  • Bower and NuGet (To install necessary libraries)
  • What you will implement:

    • A web application from an empty template
    • An MVC web application using a template
    • An Razor Page web application using a template
    • A data-layer project referenced from the MVC and Razor Page applications

    I hope you love the book!
    Sincerely,
    Jonas Fagerberg
    Now click the Buy button and start reading the book.

Author(s): Jonas Fagerberg

9. ASP.NET MVC with Entity Framework and CSS (2016)

Get up and running quickly with Microsoft ASP.NET MVC and Entity Framework as you build and deploy complex websites. By using a fully working example retail website you will learn solutions to real-world issues that developers frequently encounter.

Whether you are a novice developer or an experienced .NET developer wishing to learn more about MVC and Entity Framework, author Lee Naylor will teach you how to develop a detailed database-driven example website using Microsoft ASP.NET and Entity Framework Code First with fully explained code examples.

What You Will Learn:
• Get up and running quickly with ASP.NET MVC and Entity Framework to build a complex website to display and manage several related entities
• Integrate identity code into a project
• Understand advanced topics, including asynchronous database access and managing data conflicts
• Work with Microsoft Azure, including remote debugging and database access
• Develop your CSS skills, including animations and media queries for use with tablet or mobile/cell phone devices

Who This Book Is For:
Novice developers new to the subject through to more experienced ASP.NET web forms developers looking to migrate from web forms to MVC and Entity Framework. The book assumes some programming knowledge such as object-oriented programming concepts and a basic knowledge of C#.

Author(s): Lee Naylor

10. Pro ASP.NET MVC Framework (2009)

Steven Sanderson has seen the ASP.NET MVC framework mature from the start, so his experience, combined with comprehensive coverage of all its features, including those in the official MVC development toolkit, offers the clearest understanding of how this exciting framework could improve your coding efficiency―and you’ll gain invaluable awareness of security, deployment, and interoperability challenges.

The ASP.NET MVC Framework is the evolution of Microsoft’s ASP.NET web platform. It introduced a radical high–productivity programming model that promotes cleaner code architecture, test–driven development, and powerful extensibility, combined with all the benefits of ASP.NET 3.5.

An integral benefit of this book is that the core Model–View–Controller architectural concepts are not simply explained or discussed in isolation, but demonstrated in action. You’ll work through an extended tutorial to create a working e–commerce web application that combines ASP.NET MVC with the latest C# 3.0 language features and unit–testing best practices. By gaining this invaluable, practical experience, you can discover MVCs strengths and weaknesses for yourself―and put your best learned theory into practice.

Author(s): Steven Sanderson

11. Pro ASP.NET Core MVC (2016)

Visual Studio 2017 updates for this book are now available. Follow the Download Source Code link for this book on the Apress website.

Now in its 6th edition, the best selling book on MVC is now updated for ASP.NET Core MVC. It contains detailed explanations of the new Core MVC functionality which enables developers to produce leaner, cloud optimized and mobile-ready applications for the .NET platform. This book puts ASP.NET Core MVC into context and dives deep into the tools and techniques required to build modern, cloud optimized extensible web applications. All the new MVC features are described in detail and the author explains how best to apply them to both new and existing projects.

The ASP.NET Core MVC Framework is the latest evolution of Microsoft’s ASP.NET web platform, built on a completely new foundation. It represents a fundamental change to how Microsoft constructs and deploys web frameworks and is free of the legacy of earlier technologies such as Web Forms. ASP.NET Core MVC provides a “host agnostic” framework and a high-productivity programming model that promotes cleaner code architecture, test-driven development, and powerful extensibility.

Best-selling author Adam Freeman has thoroughly revised this market-leading book and explains how to get the most from ASP.NET Core MVC. He starts with the nuts-and-bolts and shows you everything through to advanced features, going in-depth to give you the knowledge you need.

This book follows the same format and style as the popular previous editions but brings everything up to date for the new ASP.NET Core MVC release. It presents a fully worked case study of a functioning ASP.NET MVC application that readers can use as a template for their own projects.

What You Will Learn:

  • Gain a solid architectural understanding of ASP.NET Core MVC
  • Explore the entire ASP.NET MVC Framework as a cohesive whole
  • See how MVC and test-driven development work in action
  • Learn what’s new in ASP.NET Core MVC and how best to apply these new features to your own work
  • See how to create RESTful web services and Single Page Applications
  • Build on your existing knowledge of previous MVC releases to get up and running with the new programming model quickly and effectively

Who This Book Is For:

This book is for web developers with a basic knowledge of ASP.NET and C# who want to incorporate the latest improvements and functionality in the new ASP.NET Core MVC Framework.

Author(s): ADAM FREEMAN

12. ASP.NET Core 1.1 For Beginners: How To Build a MVC Website (2017)

Want to learn how to build ASP.NET Core 1.1 MVC Web Applications?
Prerequisites:

  • C# (Intermediate level)
  • HTML5/CSS3 (Basic knowledge)

This book is primarily aimed at developers who want to learn how to build ASP.NET Core 1.1 MVC Applications. You should be an intermediate level C# developer with some experience in HTML5 and CSS3. The book presupposes that you have a solid C# foundation since the language won't be explained in any detail.

You will learn ASP.NET Core 1.1 by building two MVC applications. The first application will be built using an empty template. The goal is to get you familiar with ASP.NET Core 1.1 by adding middleware and services one piece at a time, building a basic application. Then you will build a second MVC application using a template that already contains support for MVC, Entity Framework Core, and user authentication. This application is a video course website, where users can register to gain access to video courses.

If you are already familiar with MVC 5, the content in this book can get you started with ASP.NET Core 1.1 in a fast, no-fluff way.

It's important to mention that this book is practical and tactical, where you will learn as you progress through the modules and build real web applications in the process. To spare you countless pages of fluff (filler material), only valuable information, pertinent to the task at hand, is discussed. The benefit is a shorter and more condensed book, which will save you time and give you a more enjoyable experience.

The goal is to learn ASP.NET Core 1.1 by building two web applications, one from scratch and one from an existing template. This experience is something you can put in your CV when applying for a job or a consultant position, or when negotiating a higher salary.

Technologies, frameworks and languages you will use:

  • Visual Studio 2017
  • ASP.NET Core 1.1 MVC (The framework that you will use)
  • Services (To provide you own functionality as a reusable service)
  • Middleware (To provide you own functionality to HTTP Request pipeline)
  • Entity Framework (To crate and communicate with a database)
  • View Component (To render data in the _Layout view with model data)
  • Razor syntax (To include server-side code in views)
  • Bootstrap (Used for styling and to create a responsive design)
  • LINQ (To query the database)
  • Dependency Injection (To inject objects into constructors)
  • Tag Helper (to clean up the HTML and enable re-use)
  • HTML Helper methods (to clean up your HTML and enable re-use)
  • Bower/NuGet (To install necessary front-end/back-end libraries)

What you will implement:

  • Implement a web application from an empty template.
  • Implement a web application from an existing template.
  • Create a "real world" code-first database using Entity Framework Core.
  • Add and modify models, views and controllers to perform CRUD operations against the database.
  • Use client-side and server-side validation.
  • Secure the controllers, actions and view content with authorization and roles.
  • Styling HTML with CSS and Bootstrap.
  • Create a responsive website.
  • Register users with the site.
  • Manage users and their video courses.

Have questions? Reach out to me at: csharpschoolonline@gmail.com
Errata: github.com/csharpschool/AspNetCoreVideo/issues

I hope you love the book!
Sincerely,
Jonas Fagerberg

Now click the Buy button and start reading the book.

Author(s): Jonas Fagerberg