The work on the ASP.NET MVC Framework continues.
Phil's been playing with RhinoMocks writing tests for his MVC Samples, and Chris Tavares has his samples using Castle Windsor running as his Inversion of Control Container.
Eilon Lipton, the primary developer on the MVC project, and I presented at DevConnections yesterday. In fact, he and I did three presentations together in one day, which may have been a mistake. ;)
Anyway, I think Eilon and I worked pretty well as a team on stage. We wanted to get the point across. What's the point? This is not Web Forms 4.0.
I used the example of a Car vs. a Motorcycle. Both are two ways to get from Point A to Point B with their own advantages and drawbacks. The inclusion of this framework within System.Web is about offering alternatives. It will be a fully supported, fundamental part of the System.Web and isn't going anywhere.
It's also very extensible. We showed demos with Castle Windsor, RhinoMocks, as well as crazier samples like the DLR under MVC and running XML-RPC over MVC to try out an idea that Phil and I could get Windows Live Writer talking to MVC ala REST.
One important point I kept stressing in the talk was that this is designed to be compatible with the ASP.NET subsystems you already use. That means Session, Cache, Personalization, Roles, Membership, etc, still work and are there to be used and abused. This framework, in the namespace System.Web.Mvc, is an alternate architecture, but not "an entirely new parallel ASP.NET," no more than any of the other home-grown or open source MVC/MVP frameworks that are out there.
Here's a link to Eilon and my slides from DevConnections. If you don't have Office 2007, grab the Compatibility Pack for Office XP, 2000 or 2003 and you'll be able to open them. I'll record a screencast of the talk perhaps next week. There should be some public bits to play with in December sometime.
I'm going to give a very similar presentation at the PNP Summit today at 8:30am. ScottGu has had to cancel his keynote at the PNP Summit, so my MVC Framework talk will replace that. I'll also be presenting on Friday at 8:30am (the "ending" keynote) on "Community: my first 8 weeks inside the Big Blue Monster" so more on that talk soon.
Also, as a reminder, don't forget to come by the Nerd Dinner tonight at 6:30pm! Here's some links to help you remember and add this to your calendar:
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