Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Main features of MVC2, MVC3 and MVC4

ASP.NET MVC 2 was released in March 2010. Its main features are:

  • Introduction of UI helpers with automatic scaffolding with customizable templates
  • Attribute-based model validation on both client and server
  • Strongly typed HTML helpers
  • Improved Visual Studio tooling
  • There were also lots of API enhancements and “pro” features, based on feedback from developers building a variety of applications on ASP.NET MVC 1, such as:
    • Support for partitioning large applications into areas
    • Asynchronous controllers support
    • Support for rendering subsections of a page/site using Html.RenderAction
    • Lots of new helper functions, utilities, and API enhancements

ASP.NET MVC 3 shipped just 10 months after MVC 2 in Jan 2011. Some of the top features in MVC 3 included:

  • The Razor view engine
  • Support for .NET 4 Data Annotations
  • Improved model validation
  • Greater control and flexibility with support for dependency resolution and global action filters
  • Better JavaScript support with unobtrusive JavaScript, jQuery Validation, and JSON binding
  • Use of NuGet to deliver software and manage dependencies throughout the platform

Following are the top features of MVC4:

  • Enhancements to default project templates
  • Mobile project template using jQuery Mobile
  • Display Modes
  • Task support for Asynchronous Controllers
  • Bundling and minification

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