ASP.NET MVC Preview 2 released today and you can head over to http://www.asp.net/mvc to get the new stuff. I put together four new screencasts for this release.
I really feel that a well-done screencast is a great learning tool. Last month I did a survey of you all, Dear Reader, and got 1000 responses and published the results. I took all the comments, stats and general feedback and tried to improve these screencasts. As a result, I am more judicious in my use of PIP (Picture in Picture) and the screencasts are shorter and more to the point.
If you watched the original MVC Screencast, some of the content in videos #1 and #2 will be repeated as it's been updated for Preview 2, but I hope it doesn't waste your time. However, there's new things sprinkled around and a number of changes are called out. Additionally, videos 3 and 4 are completely new content. Video #4 talks about how to use a Mocking Framework to to TDD with MVC and #3 touches on a number of advanced techniques that you can practice at the Mix HOL (Hands-On-Labs).
#4 | MVC Preview - Part 4 - Testing 23 minutes, 20 seconds
UPDATE: There's only a template for MSTest in the new File | New MVC Project wizard right now because we're reaching out to the big Unit Testing libraries to get them to help create templates. If you have a Unit Testing Library, you can get into the MVC File | New Project dialog by packaging up your templates like this. I'd guess/hope that the installers for the major libraries would just include their templates in their next versions.
I'll work with Phil to get all the source to the apps in these videos posted soon. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.
Note that while the player on the http://www.asp.net site is Silverlight, you can download versions on the same page in WMV format, as well as ones customized for the Zune, iPod, PSP, and MP4 and 3GP.
One other important new feature on the ASP.NET site is that Videos now accept comments and those comments include RSS feeds. Do feel free to leave comments on this blog, but you can also comment on videos and screencast tutorials all over the ASP.NET site. We all read these comments (including my boss) so your feedback IS paid attention to.
Most ASP.NET developers are, I think, used to assigning values to controls in the code-behind, and all that inline C# code is kinda ugly in the view. Are there plans to remedy this?
The rule of thumb for framing a face close-up is that you should aim to have the eyes of the speaker 1/4 of the way down the screen from the top.
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