Exactly one year after the last major released, the Ruby on Rails team released Rails 3.1. The highlights of this release are support for HTTP Streaming, more intelligent migrations and the new assets pipeline that makes it easier to use CoffeeScript and Sass.
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.
Adobe wants to strengthen Flash and Flex’s position in the enterprise and especially in the mobile space. But a recent study shows that jQuery has overtaken Flash as a deployed web solution on the top 17,000 websites.
Thymeleaf is an XML/XHTML/HTML5 template engine that works for web and non-web applications. It's an open source Java library distributed under Apache License 2.0. Thymeleaf is a replacement for JSP and other template engines like Velocity and FreeMarker. It comes in two versions, the Standard dialect and the SpringStandard (Spring MVC 3) dialect.
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.
A new authentication system, dubbed BrowserID, from Mozilla promises to solve the basic authentication needs, but its success highly depends on its adoption.
Normally we bring your large and complex frameworks that, even if you could build on your own, you probably wouldn’t want to. But sometimes a simple little library with just a couple of classes can make all the difference. One such example is a project called FormsAuthenticationExtensions.
Yevgeniy Brikman, Principal Software Engineer at linked in, published a summary of his evaluation of the Play framework, a Java Web Framework that supports asynchronous programming patterns with HTTP.
jQuery Mobile has reached the Beta 1 milestone with support for all major browsers and mobile OSes. A final release is expected by the end of the summer.
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.
Asynchronous programming is all the range these days and for good reason, when properly used it can significantly improve the throughput of I/O bound applications. And while some may think this of the realm of new and esoteric languages, even Web Forms is getting in on the game.
While it is possible to use a MVC-style architecture with ASP.NET Web Forms, most find it to be a clumsy match. The rich components and stateful nature of Web Forms simply doesn’t mesh well with the MVC pattern. Yet developers still long for the separation and testability that MVC offers. This is where the open source project Web Forms MVP comes into play.
Despite claims of its death, ASP.NET Web Forms is still a very popular framework and Microsoft is continuing to invest heavily in it. Web Forms vNext offers significant improvements in several areas including strongly typed, two-way data binding.
Scott Guthrie will lead the Azure Application Platform development, but he promises to remain involved with .NET, ASP.NET and Silverlight. As a proof he announces ASP.NET MVC 3 Tools.
HTML 5, Silverlight 5, and a surprise announcement about Windows Phone 7 look to be on the table at MIX 2011. We are also going to see information on Surface 2, ECMAScript 5, the next version of Web Forms, and the Microsoft Media Platform.