April 14th Links: ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET Web API and Visual Studio

Here is the latest in my link-listing blog series:


  • Easily overlooked features in VS 11 Express for Web: Good post by Scott Hanselman that highlights a bunch of easily overlooked improvements that are coming to VS 11 (and specifically the free express editions) for web development: unit testing, browser chooser/launcher, IIS Express, CSS Color Picker, Image Preview in Solution Explorer and more.

  • Get Started with ASP.NET 4.5 Web Forms: Good 5-part tutorial that walks-through building an application using ASP.NET Web Forms and highlights some of the nice improvements coming with ASP.NET 4.5.

  • Async Mashups using ASP.NET Web API: Nice post by Henrik on how you can use the new async language support coming with .NET 4.5 to easily and efficiently make asynchronous network requests that do not block threads within ASP.NET.

ASP.NET and Front-End Web Development

ASP.NET and Open Source

  • Overview of the WebApiContrib project: Nice post by Pedro Reys on the new open source WebApiContrib project that has been started to deliver cool extensions and libraries for use with ASP.NET Web API.

Entity Framework

  • ASP.NET MVC 4 and EF Database Migrations: Good post by David Hayden that covers the new database migrations support within EF 4.3 which allows you to easily update your database schema during development - without losing any of the data within it.

Visual Studio

  • What's New in Visual Studio 11 Unit Testing: Nice post by Peter Provost (from the VS team) that talks about some of the great improvements coming to VS11 for unit testing - including built-in VS tooling support for a broad set of unit test frameworks (including NUnit, XUnit, Jasmine, QUnit and more)

Hope this helps,



  • Scott, I hope to hear you speak more about LightSwitch. It allows easy deployment to Azure, and with its first class implementation of OData, provides an excellent base for any application, web (ASP.NET Forms/MVC) or mobile (WP7/Android/IOS).

    I have a ton of examples here: http://lightswitchhelpwebsite.com/

  • nice post.
    i hope to hear you speak about MVVM on MVC.

  • Nice post!!. I would love to have some post about visual studio lightswitch and other new technologies.

  • Peter Provost link is: http://www.peterprovost.org/blog/2012/03/08/Whats-New-in-Visual-Studio-11-Beta-Unit-Testing/

  • i would like to see a demo on Lightswitch and its comparisons with Visual studio , and the open source development(released free version recently) limitations Vs Regular Visual studio development tasks.

  • I think visual studio is a fat software,it need more than 8G spack, look forward to its small size.

  • want to develop a nested GridView showing data from parent table and child table using a LinkButton.in my first GridView1 i have a table showing jobs description in LinkButton,i want when the LinkButton is clicked then respective employees of that job type should show in another GridView2 inside the first GridView1

  • People will likely be using VS11 for at least the next three years after it's released so it is smart to delay it and release when people both internal and external are happy. It's great to see Microsoft continuing to put quality first.

  • Now that the WCF team has been merged with ASP.NET team, will there be any separate upgrades to WCF after WCF 4.5 or we need to shift to Asp.Net Web API?

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