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ASP.NET MVC 2 Released!

The final release of ASP.NET MVC 2 is now available for VS 2008/Visual Web Developer 2008 Express with ASP.NET 3.5.  You can download and install it from the following locations:

Download ASP.NET MVC 2 using the Microsoft Web Platform Installer
Download ASP.NET MVC 2 from the Download Center

The final release of VS 2010 and Visual Web Developer 2010 will have ASP.NET MVC 2 built-in – so you won’t need an additional install in order to use ASP.NET MVC 2 with them.

ASP.NET MVC 2 is the next significant update of ASP.NET MVC. It is a compatible update to ASP.NET MVC 1 – so all the knowledge, skills, code, and extensions you already have with ASP.NET MVC continue to work and apply going forward. You can also get the source code for ASP.NET MVC 2 under an OSI-compliant open-source license.

ASP.NET MVC 2 can be installed side-by-side with ASP.NET MVC 1 (meaning you can have some apps built with V1 and others built with V2 on the same machine).  There are instructions on how to update your existing ASP.NET MVC 1 apps to use ASP.NET MVC 2 using VS 2008 here.  Note that VS 2010 has an automated upgrade wizard that can automatically migrate your existing ASP.NET MVC 1 applications to ASP.NET MVC 2 for you.

ASP.NET MVC 2 Features

ASP.NET MVC 2 adds a bunch of new capabilities and features. Some of the new features and capabilities include:

  • New Strongly Typed HTML Helpers
  • Enhanced Model Validation support across both server and client
  • Auto-Scaffold UI Helpers with Template Customization
  • Support for splitting up large applications into ‘Areas’
  • Asynchronous Controllers support that enables long running tasks in parallel
  • Support for rendering sub-sections of a page/site using Html.RenderAction
  • Lots of new helper functions, utilities, and API enhancements
  • Improved Visual Studio tooling support

You can learn more about these features in the ‘What’s New in ASP.NET MVC 2’ document on the http://www.asp.net/mvc/ web-site.

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