The ASP.NET roadmap has been updated with their post-VS 2012 plans. The next set of features will focus on OData functionality and new/updated templates for MVC. Editor support for LESS and CoffeeScript is also in the works.
WebMatrix 2 is a free development tool developed by Microsoft that enables developers to create ASP.NET, PHP based applications easily. WebMatrix 2 includes new templates, improved intellisense with support for Windows Azure.
Web Developers can use client-side libraries such as Backbone and Knockout to structure their client-side code better and enable richer client experiences. We point to some resources.
Microsoft has published Data Access Guidance for ASP.NET 4.5. Most of the changes are related to new features in 4.5, such as those in Web Forms and the new ASP.NET Web API.
FriendlyUrls is a new ASP.NET feature that allows developers to easily use pretty urls in their web forms applications. It also makes it easier to manage both Mobile and Desktop views in the same project, similar to MVC. Scott Hanselman explains more.
InfoQ interviewed Efran Cobisi, the founder of Cobisi Software based in Italy. Efran, who is the recipient of Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award including several Microsoft certifications, is the developer of EmailVerify.NET, which is a powerful software component that provides an ability to automatically check the existence of an e-mail address from within an ASP.NET application.
Prime Technology clarified its plans for a new version of PrimeFaces Mobile amid strong reactions from the mobile community over its intent to develop its PrimeFaces application for the .NET environment. No stranger to controversy, Prime Technology was embroiled in a disagreement chronicled earlier this year in InfoQ about a competitor, Icesoft Technologies, forking from their PrimeFaces code.
As part of the recent Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 launch, Microsoft formally unveiled its new web services framework called the ASP.NET Web API. Included as part of the ASP.NET MVC 4 offering, the open-source ASP.NET Web API is designed to simplify the development and consumption of RESTful services.
IIS 8 gets released along with Windows Server 2012. This comes with several interesting features such as NUMA-support, WebSockets, security improvements and better web deployment tools.
Visual Studio provides ASP.NET developers with numerous development options. At aspConf 2012, Scott Hanselman demonstrates some of the upcoming features that will promote easier development and describes his vision for One ASP.NET.
The View-switcher feature in ASP.NET MVC 4 makes it easier to make existing desktop-focussed web apps play nice on mobile devices. Scott Hanselman demoes how to use this feature and shares other tips.
Navigation is a library that makes ASP.NET Web Forms more testable by moving the CRUD logic out of the codebehind files. Graham Mendick’s article “Unit Testing in the Navigation..” explores some of the features and how unit tests can be written.
With the release of .NET 4.5 nearing, Microsoft has started to pull back the curtain on the next version of their development platform. While there has been a lot of fanfare around Metro and Windows 8, the improvements made to the core features of .NET, which have traditionally focused on web, service, and data development, may steal the show in the short term.
ASP.NET Web API Release Candidate gets several enhancements such as Json.NET as the default serializer, better testability of Http Message handlers, the IAPIExplorer API and more.
We had a chance to catch-up with Miguel de Icaza, founder of the Mono project and it’s new parent company, Xamarin. Some of the topics we covered include the future of ASP.NET MVC on Mono and the end of the Moonlight project.