ASP.NET MVC bibliography

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This brief article explores the features and differences in different versions of the ASP.NET MVC.

Introduction and background

ASP.NET MVC has become a de facto for web development on .NET platform. It is embraced by industry with aplomb and most of web applications are programmed with ASP.NET MVC. Just to reiterate ASP.NET provides pattern based way of developing web applications, websites and is TDD (i.e. test driven development) friendly.

The first version was released in 2009 and this was having only web form engine. As this version is kind of absolute with far more powerful versions coming after, the versions 2 to 5 are chosen for comparison purpose.


Description

Following table provides quick comparative analysis for different features (or attributes) among the ASP.NET MVC 2 to ASP.NET MVC 5. As these data points are self-explanatory, there seems to no need to delve into more details. 

Feature / Abilities / Components

MVC2

MVC 3

MVC 4

MVC 5

Release Year

2010

2011

2012

2013

.NET Framework

.Net 3.5, 4.0

.Net 4

4 & 4.5

4.5 & 4.5.1

IDE

Visual Studio 2008 & 2010

Visual Studio 2010

Visual Studio 2010SP1 & Above

VS 2012 & Above

Default View Engine

Web forms View Engine (.aspx)

Razor and Web Forms both

Improved Razor Engine

 

Multiple View Engines

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Chart

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

WebGrid

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Crypto

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

WebImage

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

JSON Binding

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Entity framework

Version 3.5

Version 4

Version 5

Version 6+

WebMail

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Data Sharing between View and Controller

TempData

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

ViewData

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

ViewBag

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

HTML Layout

Master Page

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Layout Page

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

JQuery Support

Good

Better

Excellent

Excellent

Unobtrusive javascript validation

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Project Templates

HTML 5

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

JQuery Mobile

No

No

Yes

Yes

Bootstrap

No

No

No

Yes

Bundling & Minification

No

Can be implemented

Yes- native

Yes- native

ASP.NET Identity

No

No

No

Yes

Support for OAuth & OpenID

No

No

Yes

Yes

Authentication Filters

No

No

No

Yes

Filter Overrides

No

No

No

Yes

Attribute Routing

No

No

No

Yes

ASP.NET Web API

No

No

Yes

Yes – version 2.0

Asynchronous Controllers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Task Support for Asynchronous Controllers

No

No

Yes

Yes

Scaffolding

No

No

Yes

Yes

Tools support e.g. Nuget

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Support for the Windows Azure SDK

No

No

Yes

Yes

Session-less Controller

No

Yes

Yes

Yes


All this data is summarized in the tabular format for easy read and quick reference. With ASP.NET MVC 5, there are really useful additions like identity management, bootstrap, easy templates for authentication etc. 

Conclusion

This is compilation of information available on the internet.

Many a times knowing the history or progress of tools and technologies can be helpful to understand the rationale, purpose behind the technologies. Such information can be also useful to choose the right version given the need of client, project and available toolset. This brief article can fulfill these needs and hope this would also help as a quick reference for developers, architects.


Reference

http://www.asp.net/mvc

EF versions http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/data/ee712907#versions

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About the Author

Vishvvas
Full Name: Vishwas Sutar
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Extensive and rich experience across gamut of technologies and programming languages like PB,VB,C++,VB.NET, C#, Classic ASP,ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC.

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