ASP.NET MVC 2 and Visual Studio 2010 previewed in London

When I heard that Scott Guthrie was coming to London to do a talk on ASP.NET MVC 2 and Visual Studio 2010, I knew I had to be there. This is the future of development on Microsoft's web platform!

Guthrie introduces himself as a guy who "builds a few products for Microsoft" to quote his blog. His official title is "Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's .NET Developer Platform" (i.e. worldwide head of .NET dev products).


Guthrie delivered two really useful talks:

  1. A preview of the next version of the rapid web development framework, ASP.NET MVC 2.0.
  2. A preview of the next version of the awesome IDE, VS 2010.

This is very much my kind of presentation! It was 99% live on-screen coding demos -- very simple but very practical, showing off some extremely powerful feaures that we can all look forward to using. Followed by beer and a chance to watch Scott being interrogated late into the evening by developers and fans.

Everybody can take home a goodie-bag from this event. All assets from Scott Guthrie's talk in London, on 30 October 2009, are available below. Full credit to Scott for emailing me these personally so quickly after I sent an email begging for them.

I'll be adding to this blog post later with a list of highlights from the talk.


All assets from the event


Scott's own web pages, with videos, for the two topics presented


It's now possible to download ASP.NET MVC Preview 2.

03 October 2009

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Tim Acheson (05 Oct 09, 12:14)

ASP.NET 4 & VS2010

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Tim Acheson (05 Oct 09, 15:26)


Some of the new features are seriously impressive. Seriously, it takes a lot to make a big room burst into applause just by writing some code on screen.

Among other things worthy of acknowledgement is the support for quality-assurance processes in these products out-of-the-box, notably TDD. I warmly welcome efforts from Microsoft to help developers with quality and testing best-practice. New features in VS2010 make TDD easier; so much so, in fact, that VS2010 actually gives developers a new reason to adopt TDD. Write a test, and VS2010 starts giving you options for generating the code to make it pass. There's also a new keyboard shortcut to make IntelliSense more TDD-friendly. Since version 1.0, ASP.NET MVC has had the option to automatically generate a test project and complete set of unit tests. MVC 2.0 adds support for yet more testing frameworks, and the overview on the download page for MVC 2 Preview 2 specifically mentions TDD -- a positive move in its self.

More info coming soon...


Nice discussion on ASP.NET MVC controls. We are using the same. Thanks.



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