ASP.NET MVC 2 Web Application Project Template for VS 2008/2010 (coming soon in v2010 vol 2)

18 August 2010

Check out this great new project template coming out in the DXperience 2010 vol 2 release.

A new ASP.NET MVC 2 Web Application project template will make your life easier and help you boost your start with MVC application development.

Here’s a screenshot of the ‘DevExpress ASP.NET MVC 2 Web Application’ project template. The project template will be available for both C# and VB.NET:

MVC_Project_Template

This project template works like the standard ASP.NET MVC Web Application template available in Visual Studio 2008/2010. However, it goes further by giving you a  solution and project of a simple web application that is ready to use our ASP.NET MVC extensions.

MVC_Template_Solution 

The created project contains all the necessary web project files, assembly references, and code entries you'd normally add to your new MVC projects.

As I promised in the Getting Started with ASP.NET MVC Extensions video, this project template significantly reduces the setup cost and pain of the steps mentioned here. Now there's no need to manually modify your project.

How’s it work?

In essence, the project's Web.Config, Site.Master, and Site.Css files are extended with the following entries:

Web.Config

  • Default settings for our web controls

MVC_Template_WebConfig_Options

  • Assembly references

MVC_Template_WebConfig_Assemblies

  • Registration of required namespaces

MVC_Template_WebConfig_Namespaces

  • ASPxHttpHandlerModule and ASPxUploadProgressHttpHandler registration

MVC_Template_WebConfig_HandlersModules

Site.Master

  • Script file and theme file attachments

MVC_Template_SiteMaster

Site.Css

  • Style adjustments based on theme settings

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Note: To enable using ASP.NET MVC 2 project templates in Visual Studio 2008, make sure you have installed ASP.NET MVC 2 RTM. To learn more, visit the Microsoft download page here.

That's it, plain and simple.

The DXperience 2010 vol 2 release is expected to release later this year around late October or early November time frame.

Are you as excited as I am about this upcoming release? Drop me a line below. Thanks!

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