ASP.NET MVC 2 now available

Microsoft have reached another milestone with the second release of their MVC framework today. The MVC pattern has regained attention in recent years thanks to web frameworks such as Ruby on Rails, giving developers better abstractions, tighter control over their HTML and excellent testability.

The ASP.NET MVC framework has gained vocal support, particularly from developers supporting test driven approaches to .NET development. The latest release brings a number if improvements to the framework including * Templates - similar to Dynamic Data in WebForms and scaffolding in Ruby on Rails * Areas - in built support for grouping your controllers into logical areas * Pluggable metadata - discovering type information and formatting info about the data you are displaying * Client-side validation - MS AJAX support and JQuery (in the futures download) * Strongly typed UI helpers * Asynchronous actions - for long running server side operations

This release is for Visual Studio 2008, and tooling support for VS 2010 will follow when released on 12th April.

You can download from Microsoft here, and documentation is available here.

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