Open Source, MVC, MVVM, Entity Framework, NuGet, and More…

by EFVincent on 01/12/2011

Updated: see the NuGet post

The 2010 PDC was a few months ago. There was plenty of interesting and exciting tech news coming from the conference, but the one session that really sparked something with me was Scott Hanselman’s Presentation, ASP.NET + Packaging + Open Source = Crazy Delicious. Officially, I was mining PDC for Azure and Windows Identity Foundation material for the project I was (and still am) working on. But I love Hanselman’s presentation style; is stuff is always entertaining, stimulating, and packed with information. This one was no exception.

In a nutshell, the presentation described several different new and pre-release technologies mashed up together into a single very technical demo. All of these techs are interesting, and over the last couple of months I’ve dived into several, if not all of them and I’ve learned a whole lot. I plan on writing about these techs, mostly because when I do I end up learning a lot in the process. But also so I can promote some of these in some small way. In the coming [random time period] I’ll be posting on:

NuGeta free, open source developer focused package management system for the .NET platform intent on simplifying the process of incorporating third party libraries into a .NET application during development. (that’s quoted from the Codeplex page). It’s way cooler then it sounds… you’ll see.

Entity Framework Magic Unicorn Edition – That’s what Hanselman called it, it’s got one of those painful Microsoft names in real life, but Magic Unicorn sounds better. It’s Entity Framework 4, the Code Only Entity Framework. EF without boxes and lines. It’s super cool and you’ll love it. Trust me.

ASP.NET MVC Not bleeding edge, it’s been around for a couple of years now. Version 3 is in beta right now, and it’s getting tight. Time to take a look. Even if you’re not going to use it at work next week, it’s important to start thinking about web development done differently then ASP.NET (some would argue, correctly).

MVVM Pattern in WPF and Silverlight – Ok this one is not from Hanselman’s talk, but at the same time I’ve been looking at all the other tech I’ve had to dive into some WPF UI work for a project, and I figured I’d see what all the chatter was about with MVVM. I’ve spent so many years server side, I decided to approach UI with a clean slate.

I’m sure there’ll be more. I’m rehabbing from knee replacement surgery, so I have some extra time behind the keyboard. Now – on to NuGet.

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