the CTP release of ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions
. This is great news for ALT.NET and really has made my week. As regular readers might realise the key part of this release for me is the MVC (Model-View-Controller) framework for ASP.NET.
“ASP.NET MVC: This model view controller (MVC) framework for ASP.NET provides a structured model that enables a clear separation of concerns within web applications, and makes it easier to unit test your code and support a TDD workflow. It also helps provide more control over the URLs you publish in your applications, and more control over the HTML that is emitted from them.”
I think this finally gives ASP.NET developers some much needed flexibility. The guys at Microsoft are taking pains to point out this is not
a replacement for the existing WebForms model, but they point to the following reasons to use the new framework:
- It allows developers to use the MVC pattern with ASP.NET more cleanly than ever before.
- It makes it easier to implement RESTful (Representational State Transfer) systems and to control your URLs using ASP.NET
- The MVC pattern allows for easier unit testing of business logic behind pages (now in controllers) and therefore helps promote the use of Test-Driven Development with ASP.NET.
I have some personal reasons for looking forward to this framework that may be too politically sensitive for the ASP.NET guys to admit to:
- This kills off the one form per page restriction, allowing for XHTML that more closely matches the functionality of the page.
- No more viewdata is a pain, but it also means that ASP.NET developers can now more easily incorporate other client-side frameworks into their applications (e.g. Yahoo! User Interface Library, Script.aculo.us, Prototype, etc)
- Ruby on Rails is looking a whole lot less attractive as ASP.NET MVC offers much of the same clarity of design whilst leveraging my existing ASP.NET skills.
I will probably devote a few more blog posts to exploring this interesting ASP.NET development, so feel free to let me know (via the comments) what you might be most interested in knowing about.
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