ASP.NET MVC 2 Preview 1 is released!

ASP.NET MVC 2 first preview is released to public now and you can download it from Microsoft download site. Here is short overview of technical requirements and main new features of ASP.NET MVC 2 Preview 1.

System requirements

  • Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008,
  • .Net Framework SP 1,
  • Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2008 SP1, or Visual Web Developers 2008 SP1

New features

  • areas support – allows to group and partition functionality in large ASP.NET MVC applications,
  • DataAnnotation validation support – ASP.NET MVC 2 is able to use same data annotation mechanism as ASP.NET Dynamic Data and .NET RIA Services do,
  • strongly typed UI helpers – let you use strong-typed lambda expressions when referencing the view template’s model object,
  • UI Helper templating support – new methods to bind custom editors and displays to model properties,
  • other cool features – find out by yourself :)


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