The roadmap for ASP.NET 5 includes three more betas between now and November’s release candidate. And that’s after dropping Visual Basic, SingalR 3, and Web Pages 4 from the list.
While most of the buzz has been about ASP.NET 5 and the cross-platform execution engine, MVC, Microsoft’s preferred UI and web service framework, is also seeing many changes. The most important being the unification of MVC, Web API, and Web Pages.
Version 7 of Entity Framework represents a major redesign of the 6-year-old ORM. As such, Microsoft will not be recommending the initial release of EF 7 for existing projects. Rather, it is only meant for projects that are using ASP.NET 5 and .NET Core.
Microsoft recently released ASP.NET MVC 5.2, Web API 2.2 and Web Pages 3.2 with new features, bug fixes and improvements. The product team has also provided solutions to certain key issues surfaced in the previous version.
Part of the ASP.NET vNext initiative, ASP.NET MVC 6 represents a fundamental change to how Microsoft constructs and deploys web frameworks. The goal is to create a host agnostic framework that eliminates the dependencies on the legacy System.Web infrastructure.
At Build, Mobilize.NET unveiled their newest migration product: WebMAP2. This product takes legacy WinForms applications and converts it into an HTML based application. When paired with their Visual Basic Upgrade Companion you can migrate code all the way from WB 6 to the web.
An important part of ASP.NET MVC is the set of code generators called scaffolds. Inspired by Ruby on Rails, these code generators can be used to quickly create controllers and views based on a model class. New in VS 2013 Update 2 is the ability to create your own scaffolds that plug into the overall framework.
Angular.JS is a popular framework created by Google for creating single page applications. Despite its origins, it can also easily work with ASP.NET to provide Microsoft-centric developers the same powerful capabilities.
DevExpress has included Token Box control in the latest release 13.2 which enables you to auto-complete values from a predefined list either by selection from the dropdown window list or manual input.
InfoQ interviewed Vyacheslav Volkov, creator of CaptchaMvc, about his project and the future of captcha’s in general.
The DevExpress ASPxGridView control included with the recently released 13.2 edition introduces batch editing that enables developers to modify a batch of grid data on the client side and send it to the server in one request. It also includes additional features such as cell coloring and notification dialogs.
The team behind the website FeedbackHound has taken ownership of the Unity.Mvc and Unity.WebAPI. These open source libraries allow for integration between ASP.NET MVC & Web API and Microsoft’s IoC framework, Unity.
Two years after its initial announcement and preview release, Lars Bak announced the first stable release of Dart at Devvox in Belgium today. Dart is Google’s new web programming language and platform for developing modern web applications.
ASP.NET MVC 5 introduces the same attribute based routing used by Web API 2. This optional syntax allows routes to be registered declaratively instead of by manipulating a RouteCollection.
Visual Studio 2013 Developer Preview ships with ASP.NET MVC 5 which enables developers to apply authentication filters that provides an ability to authenticate users using various third party vendors or a custom authentication provider. Eric Vogel recently demonstrated its usage with an example using source codes.