March 21st Links: ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, AJAX, Visual Studio, Silverlight

Here is the latest in my link-listing series.

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  • URL Routing in ASP.NET 4: Scott Mitchell has a nice article that talks about the new URL routing features coming to Web Forms applications with ASP.NET 4.  Also check out my previous blog post on this topic.

  • Web Deployment Made Awesome: Very nice MIX10 talk by Scott Hanselman on the new web deployment features coming with VS 2010, MSDeploy, and .NET 4.  Makes deploying web applications much, much easier.

  • Improving CSS with .LESS: Nice article by Scott Mitchell that describes how to optimize CSS using .LESS – a free, open source library.


  • Upgrading ASP.NET MVC 1 applications to ASP.NET MVC 2: Eilon Lipton from the ASP.NET team has a nice post that describes how to easily upgrade your ASP.NET MVC 1 applications to ASP.NET MVC 2.  He has an automated tool that makes this easy. Note that automated MVC upgrade support is also built-into VS 2010.  Use the tool in this blog post for updating existing MVC projects using VS 2008.

  • Advanced ASP.NET MVC 2: Nice video talk by Brad Wilson of the ASP.NET MVC team.  In it he describes some of the more advanced features in ASP.NET MVC 2 and how to maximize your productivity with them.


  • Microsoft AJAX Minifier: We recently shipped an updated minifier utility that allows you to shrink/minify both JavaScript and CSS files – which can improve the performance of your web applications.  You can run this either manually as a command-line tool or now automatically integrate it using a Visual Studio build task.  You can download it for free here.

Visual Studio

  • Dependency Graphics: Jason Zander (who runs the VS team) has a nice blog post that covers the new dependency graph support within VS 2010.  This makes it easier to visualize the dependencies within your application.  Also check out this video here.

  • Layer Validation: Jason Zander has a nice blog post that talks about the new layer validation features in VS 2010.  This enables you to enforce cleaner layering within your projects and solutions. 

  • VS 2010 Profiler Blog: The VS 2010 Profiler Team has their own blog and on it you can find a bunch of nice posts from the last few months that talk about a lot of the new features coming with VS 2010’s Profiler support.  Some really nice features coming.


  • Silverlight 4 Training Course: Nice free set of training courses from Microsoft that can help bring you up to speed on all of the new Silverlight 4 features and how to build applications with them.  Updated and current with the recently released Silverlight 4 RC build and tools.

Hope this helps,



  • Scott, its awesome that you continue to be this deeply involved in understanding (& helping others understand) your product!

  • Thanks a bunch Scott... you ROCK!

  • Hi,

    That's really good collection.

    can you mail me this?

    Also i want to subscribe for this new blog posting.. I am not able to find it please add my email address in your list.

    Asif Huddani

  • It's awesome, scott!!

    Krunal Mevada

  • Great contribution specially for those looking for useful guidance, Scott... as always!

    Inti Soto

  • Scott,

    thanks for the reading list!

    One thing I hope you will write about yourself in the coming days is the latest Microsoft/jQuery announcement. I read about it on Stephen Walters' blog, and I'm still a bit confused about the whole situation. Please explain how existing Microsoft Ajax libraries and new libraries will coexist, and where best to focus our time on for the future.

  • thanks Scott its great effort

  • Scott,

    Great links!

    When will visual studio 2010 RTM be released for for download for MSDN Universal subscribers?


  • you are a great source of high inspiration for me. thanks a lot for posting on blogs and helping us

  • HI This is really useful blog

    Thank you scott

  • Another handy tip to add more context menu items in Visual Studio 2010 can be found here:

    Grz, Kris.

  • i want to see book of ASP.NET i hope you to get this

  • Scott,
    are you going to include more constraints in generic types in near future? I'd love to see in .NET equivalent to Java's .
    It would be veru usefull in following situation: producer extends consumer super.

    Suppose you have a class hierarchy A, B a subclass of A and C ad D, both subclasses of B:

    List la;
    la = new ArrayList();
    la = new ArrayList();
    la = new ArrayList();

    List lb;
    lb = new ArrayList(); //fine
    lb = new ArrayList(); //will not compile

    public void someMethod(List lb) {
    B b = lb.get(0); // is fine
    lb.add(new C()); //will not compile as we do not know the type of the list, only that it is bounded above by B

    public void otherMethod(List lb) {
    B b = lb.get(0); // will not compile as we do not know whether the list is of type B, it may be a List and only contain instances of A
    lb.add(new B()); // is fine, as we know that it will be a super type of A

  • Please can you update:

    Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Image

    Or is there another way to test everything on IE 6?

  • it's thoughtfull, thanks.

  • What about WPF?

  • Stupid Question….
    I was really interest in what Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 had to offer, moving towards using SL for development on the phone is awesome.
    But I do have one important question…. Can you browse to an existing Silverlight website on the phone…?

  • nice series, thanks.

  • Hi scott,
    I have created silverlight business application (SL4 RC).
    i tried to host it in to iis6 (win xp & sp3), but the RIA domain service and WCF services are not working.
    please give me the solution to host it.

  • I disagree with you. I work on a content management system that serves millions of requests and generates very complex pages based on XML templates. Without OutputCache enabled the servers simply can't keep up with the requests; there's too much work to be done to generate the final markup in a timely fashion, even with a lot of man hours spent reducing tasks as much as possible and working with profilers to identify bottlenecks.

  • Thanks for a great list of ASP.NET hosting offers! You've done a very nice job!

  • It's thoughtful, Thanks Scott.

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