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ASP.NET MVC Goes Beta

If you've been reading the pages of Redmond Developer News, you know that Microsoft has been hard at work building out its Model View Controller (MVC) story. This has been a remarkable effort, and one that previewed Redmond's strategic shift toward a more open -- and more open source-friendly -- technology stance.

After all, the minds behind the MVC push were snapped up by Redmond precisely because they understood the open software market. Scott Hanselman, Phil Haack and Rob Conery have really helped lift Scott Guthrie's Developer Division, as it has taken the lead in Microsoft's more open and pragmatic course of late.

Now comes the release of the first beta of the Microsoft ASP.NET MVC framework, as reported by Redmond Media Group Executive Editor Becky Nagel.

Previewed at the VSLive! Las Vegas conference keynote by Microsoft Senior Program Manager Scott Hanselman, the MVC beta was not pitched as a replacement for Windows Forms-based development.

"Windows Forms is not going away," Hanselman told the VSLive! audience. "It's all about alternatives."

In fact, what MVC promotes for Web developers is a clear separation of concerns in their applications, ensuring that UI, business logic and data exist as discrete entities that can be more easily built, tested and managed. The ASP.NET MVC Framework should, for instance, enable effective test drive development.

You can download the latest beta from Microsoft here.

Are you planning to adopt the ASP.NET MVC Framework for your Web development? Let me know. Email me at [email protected].

Posted by Michael Desmond on 10/16/2008 at 1:15 PM


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