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.
ASP.NET Web API 2.2 for OData v4.0 are now available as nightly builds. The team also released OData core libraries version 6.1 on nuget with several bug fixes and new features, especially increased support for OData v4 spec. However, the MS team suggested that WCF will not get OData v4 specific features.
Microsoft has released a project called Helios, a lightweight OWIN-based web host running on top of IIS.
Internet Explorer 11 will not be able to properly run .NET Framework 4.0 based web applications due to an error in the browser detection mechanism, which can be either fixed by installing .NET 4.5 or by adding a .browser file with correct definitions.
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.
Telerik has added LightBox control to its ASP.NET control suite with support for templates, items collection in addition to advanced features such as automatic resizing, keyboard navigation and paging.
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.
Telerik has released an update to their RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX Q3 2013 control suite with support for Visual Studio 2013 and Internet Explorer 11 including several new features and bug fixes.
The upcoming release of DevExpress DXperience 13.2 will include new ASP.NET icon library, moderno theme based on CSS3, new themes for WinForms based on Visual Studio in addition to smart tag support for all controls including WinForms data editors library.
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.
One of the new features in VS 2013 is OData Scaffolding. Like MVC Scaffolding, this feature is designed as both a training aid and to speed development. However, it requires a bit more setup than the MVC version.