What’s new in ASP.NET 4.5 and Visual Web Developer 11

What's New in ASP.NET 4.5 and Visual Web Developer 11 Developer Preview – somehow I only managed to stumble across this one recently. It was originally posted in September 2011 – wow, really?

My quick picks for things I’m personally looking forward to here;

Strongly Types Data Controls – one of my pet peeves around non-MVC ASP.NET databinding has been the “bind and hope” approach that Eval has. It always felt a little icky – hopefully this will change now (it looks good on paper, but I think it needs a proper test run before I’ll know for sure).

Inbuilt bundling and minification – simply handy. Looks useful and well thought out, plus if you don’t like it you can always use something else.

Click to create a new event - a nice fix to a small annoyance, no more typing protected void btnMyThingie_Click(object sender, EventArgs e) – it really is the small things sometimes that make the big differences to your day to day workflow.

..and a few smaller things – I think the Maps helper is interesting (kind of a weird thing to be building into a framework in my opinion, but useful none the less), and performance improvements are always welcomed.

This developer wants the shiny new toy, now!

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Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2012 1:10 PM |

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