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Hanselminutes Podcast 192: The Spark View Engine for ASP.NET MVC with Louis DeJardin

January 8, '10 Comments [2] Posted in ASP.NET | ASP.NET MVC | Podcast
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My one-hundred-and-ninety-second podcast is up. Scott chats with new Microsoft employee and ASP.NET team member about his open source ASP.NET MVC ViewEngine called "Spark." It's a totally new DSL (Domain Specific Language) that might make your MVC Views more fun to write!

What is Spark?

Spark is a view engine for Asp.Net Mvc and Castle Project MonoRail frameworks. The idea is to allow the html to dominate the flow and the code to fit seamlessly.

<viewdata products="IEnumerable[[Product]]"/>
<ul if="products.Any()">
  <li each="var p in products">${p.Name}</li>
</ul>
<else>
  <p>No products available</p>
</else>

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Monday, January 11, 2010 10:17:13 PM UTC
While i must admit i personally sadly lack the time currently to have more of a play this is a pretty cool language for people with non-OO background. One of our HTML ninja's here at work all of a sudden realised he could write dynamic pages....

Friday, January 15, 2010 9:51:15 PM UTC
Really? Only 1 comment on this show?

Maybe Spark isn't as popular as I thought...

Eric
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