Quick Link: download ASP.NET MVC Preview 1
It is a an exciting time to be a web developer. There are lots of new technologies from Microsoft coming out for the browser (IE9 changes everything), in the area of tooling (the brand new WebMatrix) and for the server – with ASP.NET MVC 3 Preview 1 released today (27th July 2010).
Download and install side by side with MVC 2
If you have Visual Studio 2010 (The FREE Web Developer edition is fine) then you can safely download ASP.NET MVC Preview 1 (download + install takes a few minutes). ASP.NET MVC 3 is designed to be installed side-by-side with ASP.NET MVC 2 which means you can install today’s Preview 1 release on your machine without it impacting existing MVC 2 projects. Once installed you will have a new set of ASP.NET MVC 3 project templates show up within Visual Studio 2010’s “New Project” dialog.
MVC 3 Preview 1 includes:
- View improvements: Select a view engine, new view engine “Razor”
- Controller Improvements: Global filters for “cross cutting” logic, new ways to pass data to views, new ActionResult types
- Model Validation improvements: .NET 4 DataAnnotations and more
- Dependency Injection improvements: Making it easier to do DI/IOC work to simplify testing of controllers
Once you have played, please give feedback
Preview 1 is about getting feedback. Post your feedback and any bugs/issues you find to the ASP.NET MVC forum at http://forums.asp.net. Thank you.
P.S. Oddly, I only just received my copy of the excellent Pro ASP.NET MVC 2 by Steven Sanderson last week. It arrived before I had got round to finishing the first edition on ASP.NET MVC 1. MVC 3 Preview 1 arrived before I had read 20 pages of the second edition. I need to speed up 🙂
CTP1 of Microsoft® Project Code-Named “Houston” is now available. This is a lightweight and easy to use database management tool for SQL Azure databases. It enables you to swiftly develop, deploy, and manage data-driven applications in the cloud.
Project “Houston” provides a web-based database management tool for basic database management tasks like authoring and executing queries, designing and editing a database schema, and editing table data. All implemented in Silverlight.
For this initial CTP, you can access “Houston” from SQL Azure Labs. You also need to make sure that you check the “Allow Microsoft Services” checkbox in your firewall to allow “Houston” to communicate with your databases. Also check out the starter videos:
Step1 – connect at https://manage.sqlazurelabs.com/
Step2 – browse
Step3 – Create
Yesterday (22nd August 2010) was mvcConf – “the Virtual ASP.NET MVC Conference”. This was an ambitious undertaking by the community to deliver a three track, 20+ session conference for FREE using Live Meeting. And… it worked great. A big well done to everyone involved.
It was particularly interesting to me and my team as we are hoping/planning to do similar online conferences in UK time around technologies such as the Windows Azure Platform and Windows Phone 7 – and attending yesterday gave me the confidence that we are on the right track.
Highlights for me included:
Three tracks, great mix of sessions, no excuse to be bored!
Could join all three rooms at the same time
and follow the open space “Law of two feet” with ease
All sessions can be found at http://speakerrate.com/events/503-mvcconf. Alas only 78 ratings so far which is a shame. Rate them now!
The return of IRC
IRC is my fave “chat thing” and is too often overlooked.
Very professionally done
e.g. the slides explaining how it will all work
and the joining a room page
Sponsors a plenty
That were given plenty of air time at the start of sessions which is to be applauded. E.g. the wonderful JetBrains
And plenty of buzz afterwards
The interesting thing about the Windows Azure Platform is there is never a shortage of new stuff to explore.
You can either manually select the operating system that you want to have deployed to your nodes via a drop down box or allow automatic mode to upgrade to the latest operating system as they are released.
- Steve Marx has written a Windows Azure application called Swingify that allows you to upload any song to the internet and convert it into a swing version. How about Lady Gaga – Bad Romance for starters 🙂
- Not sure I mentioned it before, but Windows Azure Platform Training Kit got a June update. The kit contains 15 Hands On Labs, 15 Presentations and Videos, 21 Demos, 3 Samples and Tools. Download the Training Kit here.
- Cloud Computing: A Guide for IT Leaders this is an online resource for business and technology leaders interested in the cloud, Windows Azure and BPOS.