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ASP.NET MVC 4 Roadmap

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 26, 2011

In keeping with their annual cadence, Microsoft has begun work on the next version of ASP.NET MVC. Areas of emphasis include smoothing out the development and deployment workflow, sharing more features with Web Forms, improving AJAX support, and offering a better story for HTML 5 on mobile and tablet devices.

Introducing the MVC Mini Profiler from Stack Exchange

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 20, 2011

Stack Exchange has released the ASP.NET MVC profiler that is used by Stack Overflow and its sister sites. MVC Mini Profiler is an internal profiler specially designed to support database-backed websites.

Rethinking Models in MVC

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 09, 2011 1

Jon Galloway is researching dynamic ASP.NET MVC 3 models using Mono’s Compiler as a Service. Meanwhile Karsten Januszewski is looking into deserialized JSON in lieu of statically typed models.

MIX Keynote 1 – Just the Highlights

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 12, 2011 3

The first keynote for MIX just concluded with lots of web-platform goodness including a new drop of ASP.NET MVC 3 that includes support for HTML 4 development and a preview of IE 10 running on an ARM processor. More updates from MIX will be available throughout the week.

MVC Scaffolding Provides configurable Code Generation for ASP.NET MVC

by David Cooksey on  Apr 08, 2011

Steve Sanderson recently introduced MVC Scaffolding, a customizable code generation tool for ASP.NET MVC 3. MVC Scaffolding uses a simple command-line interface to automatically generate code based on templates. Standard templates allow for automated generation of many common elements, including Views, Actions, and Unit Test stubs.

Is ASP.NET MVC Inappropriate for User Interface Designers?

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 15, 2011 17

While ASP.NET MVC has made great strides in making development easier, in a post titled “ASP.NET MVC Is the New ASP” Michael Taylor argues that it actually makes it harder on user interface designers.

Follow-up: Razor with F# and Other Languages

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 03, 2011

Last month Vladimir Kelman asked if it were possible to use F# with the new Razor view engine. After talking with Scott Guthrie and Marcin Dobosz we learned that it is possible, if you want to put in the effort to build all necessary plugins yourself.

ASP.NET MVC 3 Embraces Dynamic Typing

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 13, 2010 9

Nearly a decade ago Microsoft gambled big on WebForms and static typing. With the dial cranked all the way over to full encapsulation, each page could almost be treated as its own program. In the intervening years the industry has largely gone in the other direction, favoring separation of concerns over encapsulation and late binding over early binding. Now Microsoft is doing the same.

ASP.NET MVC 3 Go-Live License

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 12, 2010

Microsoft’s ASP.NET team has taken the Agile philosophy of Deploy Early, Deploy Often to heart. Close on the heels of ASP.NET MVC 2, version 3 beta has already been approved for production use. With a whole host of promising new features including the Razor syntax, this will be a hard release to ignore.

ASP.NET Reaches a New Milestone: ASP.NET MVC 3 Preview 1

by Abel Avram on  Jul 27, 2010

Although ASP.NET MVC 3 Preview 1 has not been announced yet, the framework can be downloaded from Microsoft downloads. The list of new features include: Dependency Injection, Razor View Engine, Dynamic View and ViewModel properties, and Global Filters.

WebMatrix: Microsoft's New Stack to Create Simple Websites

by Abel Avram on  Jul 08, 2010

WebMatrix is a free tool from Microsoft putting together a web server, ASP.NET + Razor, SQL Server CE and an IDE for creating simple websites.

Optional Parameters Are Gaining Ground in .NET

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 06, 2010 6

Optional parameters have always been part of .NET, but with C# unwilling to support it, using them was generally considered taboo unless work with COM libraries. Now that C# 4 does support them, we are starting to see them used for a lot more than just legacy code. Other uses include interoperability with dynamic languages, immutable data structures, and various parts of ASP.NET MVC.

Four View Engines for ASP.NET MVC

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 05, 2010 3

With last week’s introduction of Razor, there are now four major view engine for ASP.NET MVC. The others are Spark, NHaml, and the traditional ASPX file templates. This article introduces the four engines with a special focus on the new Razor engine.

ASP.NET MVC 2 Brings Breaking Changes

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 18, 2010

A few days ago Scott Guthrie announced the production release of ASP.NET MVC 2. With it comes with many new features, but also some breaking changes. Compared to the rather strict rules around changing .NET’s base class library, the changes in ASP.NET MVC are almost caviler.

ASP.NET MVC 2 Feature Rundown

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 17, 2010

ASP.NET MVC 2 is now ready for production use. Microsoft’s open source MVC framework is compatible with both .NET 3.5 and the soon to be released .NET 4. It provides many new features including Templated Helpers, Areas, Asynchronous Controllers, and a new validation framework.

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