ASP.Net MVC 4 hits beta & Scott Hanselman’s letter

If you, like me, have become a big fan of ASP.Net MVC then you’ll be happy to know that MVC 4 has just hit the beta.

Ever since MVC 4 hit CTP I’ve been hanging out for the closing date for the final release…it’s not here just yet, but at least it’s hit beta.

Obviously the support for mobile devices and HTML5 has been on the forefront of the teams delivery list and one of the features that enables this across a range of clients (that’s browsers, mobile devies etc) is the ASP.Net Web API.

With this release it’s also obvious that a lot of work has gone into learning material as it’s available from the get-go.

Of course, web forms (or classic ASP.Net) isn’t dead…as a web developer there’s so much innovation happening out there that it’s almost impossible to keep track of everything.

Scott Hanselman, who’s probably one of the most known (next after Scott Guthrie of course) ASP.Net team members has this to say..

Letter from Scott Hanselman

It’s an interesting time to be a web developer. HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript, and the excitement around them, are moving the web forward faster than ever. As the web evolves, the folks at the web team here at Microsoft are evolving with it. The next version of Visual Studio will include lots of new features for web developers. The HTML, CSS, and JavaScript editors have all been gone over with a fine-toothed comb with a clear focus on your everyday workflow. Little things like IntelliSense for CSS vendor-specific prefixes, a hex-code aware color picker, and snippets that expand into the features you use every day all work together with the promise to smooth your way.

ASP.NET Web Forms offer the comfortable control-based model with server-side events, ASP.NET MVC gives you an environment that promotes unit testing and separation of concerns, and ASP.NET web pages combine all the power of the lightweight and expressive Razor syntax with the convenience of inline scripting. ASP.NET itself is at the core; it’s the system that makes ASP.NET Web Forms, ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET web pages possible. Each can create modern and powerful HTML5 sites and each use all the power of today’s modern JavaScript frameworks like jQuery, Knockout, Backbone, and much more. New frameworks like SignalR build directly on top of ASP.NET and make possible scalable real-time applications with cutting edge tech like Web Sockets.

Don’t think of ASP.NET as an island. It’s a citizen of the larger community. More and more of ASP.NET is open source, and we push hard every day to stay open and be open. We want to make ASP.NET more pluggable, more open, more fun. We’ve got big things planned – some that will surprise you. I hope you’ll join the conversation and the community.

Read about the next version of ASP.NET at

Scott Hanselman

Being and ASP.Net MVP it’s easy for me to get excited about what’s coming up…oh boy!!!