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ASP.NET MVC CodePlex Preview 4 – released!!

Posted in .Net Framework 3.5, ASP.Net, ASP.Net MVC, C#, Dynamic Data, Visual Studio 2008 by Ratnakar Garikipati on July 19, 2008

The installer and source for Preview 4 is now available on CodePlex for download (http://www.codeplex.com/aspnet/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=15389).

Here’s a list of changes that have been made between Preview 3 and the current release Preview 4 –

  • New Simple Membership Features in the Default Project Template
  • New Filter Types for Authorization and Exception Handling
  • New Output Cache Filter
  • Changes for ASP.NET AJAX
  • Namespaces in Routes
  • New Interface for Enhanced Testability of TempData
  • ActionInvoker Extensibility Improvements

As I highlighted in my previous post – Scott Guthrie has an excellent post with an example covering the new changes – http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2008/07/14/asp-net-mvc-preview-4-release-part-1.aspx

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ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview

Posted in .Net Framework 3.5, ASP.Net, ASP.Net MVC, C#, Dynamic Data, General I.T, Sliverlight, Visual Studio 2008 by Ratnakar Garikipati on May 7, 2008

is available for download now..(click here)

The ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview is a preview of new functionality being added to ASP.NET 3.5 and ADO.NET. The release includes ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET Dynamic Data, ASP.NET controls for Silverlight, ADO.NET Data Services, Entity Framework runtime, and new features for ASP.NET AJAX.

Both ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET controls for Silverlight have been updated since this release. The latest versions can be accessed at:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=111960.

.Net Framework 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit

Posted in .Net Framework 3.5, ASP.Net, C#, Dynamic Data, General I.T, Visual Studio 2008 by Ratnakar Garikipati on April 29, 2008

 

If you haven’t subscribed to Microsoft’s Download Notifications and aren’t aware of .Net 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit then check it out here – http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=8741672

 

The .Net Framework 3.5 Enhancements Training K it features presentations, hands-on labs, demos, this content is designed to demonstrate how to use the 3.5 enhancements like ASP.Net MVC, ASP.Net Dynamic Data, ASP.Net AJAX History, Silverlight, ADO.Net Data Services and ADO.Net Entity Framework.

 

Also, if you want to keep on top of new downloads I suggest you subscribe here – http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=8741740

Dynamic Data Preview for ASP.Net now available for download!!!

Posted in ASP.Net, C#, Dynamic Data, General I.T by Ratnakar Garikipati on April 10, 2008

ASP.NET Dynamic Data is a powerful new feature that provides two significant usability improvements to working with data controls in ASP.NET Web sites and Web applications.

The first improvement is for existing applications that use DetailsView, FormView, GridView, or ListView controls. The DetailsView and GridView controls have been extended to display fields by using templates instead of by using hard-coded rules that are programmed in the controls. These templates are part of the project, and you can customize them to change their appearance or to specify what controls they use for rendering. This makes it very easy to make a change in one place that specifies how to present dates for editing, as one example. FormView and ListView controls can implement similar behavior by using a DynamicControl control in their templates and by specifying which field in the row to display. Dynamic Data will then automatically build the UI for these controls based on the templates that you specify.

The second improvement is that the controls look at the metadata for a LINQ to SQL or Entity Framework data model and provide automatic validation based on the model. For example, if a column in the database is limited to 50 characters, and if a column is marked as not nullable, a RequiredFieldValidator control is automatically enabled for the column. (The controls also automatically support data-model-level validation.) You can apply other metadata to take further control over display and validation.

You can find more details here – http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/dynamicdata, and Scott Gu has a good post with an example here (http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2008/04/10/asp-net-dynamic-data-preview-available.aspx) plus links to other useful posts about this topic.

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