Visual Basic 11 brings with it several new features including asynchronous functions and the long awaited iterators.
While SharpDevelop had project templates for MVC 3 for several versions, until recently it has been missing a lot. Version 4.2, currently in beta, adds a few more pieces to the puzzle.
The ASP.NET MVC 4 beta includes an experimental project for developing “single page applications”. Known as ASP.NET SPA, this project type is based on a stack of open source libraries and the MVVM pattern made popular by WPF and Silverlight.
The first beta of ASP.NET MVC 4 has recently been released with a “go-live” license. This means that even though the release is not yet complete, Microsoft is confident enough to allow it in production use. Enhancements include improvements to the Razor view engine, asynchronous support, and more.
Model Binding is a feature that simplifies controller actions by using the request data to create strongly typed objects. Jess Chadwick takes a deep dive into this feature in an MSDN article and explores complex scenarios, as well as creating custom model binders when the default model binder is not enough.
For most types of applications dependency injection frameworks don’t make whole lot of sense. It is usually more than sufficient to manually wire up all of the dependencies during startup. But for ASP.NET MVC there are also session and request scoped dependencies. With so many competing lifecycles a DI framework quickly moves from needless distraction to an essential organizational tool.
S#arp Lite is an effort to make S#arp Architecture more accessible to all developers; this scaled-back version includes a project template set up to connect to a database via NHibernate, a set of reusable class libraries, a base repository, and a sample project.
When it comes to performance developers often need to turn to partial page caching. This report looks at the current state of caching in ASP.NET and introduces a new project for MVC 3 called MvcDonutCaching.
StackExchange is built on the ASP.NET and SQL Server stack. Recently, Sam Saffron and Marc Gravell blogged about their experience identifying and solving a performance problem that was finally traced to the .NET GC GEN-2 objects. There is a lot to be taken away from their experience for everyone tuning performance for applications in production.
ASP.NET MVC is designed with extensibility in mind and almost every part of processing pipeline is extensible using your own providers to replace the standard implementation. Simone Chiaretta, in his blog post “An Introduction to ASP.NET MVC Extensibility” gives an introduction to various stages in the ASP.NET MVC Pipeline, and a brief explanation of how extensibility comes into picture.
The Model-View-Controller pattern is pretty much dominating professional, customer facing website design these days. While single-file scripts and form builder technologies still have a place, MVC seems to strike the right balance for many developers. The Fuel framework for PHP intends to capitalize on the work done by earlier MVC frameworks such as Ruby on Rails.
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.
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.
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.