Another review of Advanced MVVM

A few days ago I received a comment from someone named Joe on my blog.  He was expressing concern over several aspects of my book Advanced MVVM, including the fact that it is written about a relatively simple game, not something more complicated.  After Joe read the book his apprehensions about it disappeared, and he kindly left me this comment:


Ok, after reading your book, I have to say “Wow!” Not only have you managed to help me understand some of the frustrations I had with MVVM development, but your book also made some good points (which I shared with my development manager) and reinforced with real examples of issues I faced working on a project using that pattern.

I was very (pleasantly) surprised reading your take on the code-behind vs. NO code-behind mentality. I myself prefer the middle ground, but for some time was forced to do the latter. Yes, it did create several layers of very difficult to follow, understand and maintain code; from your notes and my examples, I was able to reach a compromise on how we should utilize ‘code-behind’.

Now, an interesting story –our architect chose the MVVM pattern after reading your article in MSDN in 2009. However, they chose to enforce “no code-behind” at all for the sake of testability.

The book is awesome; if you can mix MVVM with Prism and come up with a nice 300+ page book with some nice distilled information like that, I’d a) like to help write it; and b) shell out at least $50.00.



P.S. you’re right, there is no “Silver Bullet”; however, it would be nice to have some guide or set of documentation as to what works well when and where, especially when certain design patterns are applied to solve a problem.

It sounds like Advanced MVVM has another happy customer!🙂

6 Responses to Another review of Advanced MVVM

  1. […] Another review of Advanced MVVM (Josh Smith) […]

  2. Sheraz says:

    I totally agree with Joe recommendation. That would be great if you could write a book on MVVM + Prism. What do you think?

  3. Josh Smith says:


    I think that would be a great book to have. I’m not at a point where I feel like writing another book (it’s a LOT of work). What kinds of things would you want such a book to discuss?


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  5. davidcassell says:

    Hi Josh, I agree with the comments in the review above. I’ve not fully read the book yet but I am intrigued about your position on no code behind. No code behind was something that was a great struggle to achieve and in the end we moved away from MVVM. What really appears to be missing in the WPF/patterns world is a concise set of real life patterns and approaches that will work. What appears to be out there is a lot of code and approaches, and samples, but nothing that I’d be prepared to work into a production application. With that in mind I also echo the comment above regarding MVVM and PRISM. Please do this! Cheers David

  6. Vidaurri says:

    Thanks for the songs, I will check it out.

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