Making Difficult Development Choices

What does it take to say good-bye to a technology that you’re familiar with and that works for you? Is it the ability to develop better and faster, with a stronger understanding of what’s going on under the hood? Is it timing, training, money? It’s pretty clear that many developers and most architects love ASP.NET MVC and prefer it to developing with Web Forms, but other programmers in the trenches are happy with the value they get from Web Forms. In his Guest Editorial this month, Dino Esposito (the author of “Programming ASP.NET MVC 2” and regular columnist in DevProConnections magazine) discusses the choice developers now have between the older Web Forms and the newer ASP.NET MVC. “I think that, technically speaking, ASP.NET MVC is far superior to ASP.NET Web Forms. It’s because ASP.NET MVC is ten years younger and because it was designed around an alternate and more modern set of principles and patterns. But is this fact alone a sufficient reason to switch to it?” Read his editorial and see what you think.

 Featured Content This Month

You’ll want to check out our MVC coverage this month. In addition to Dino Esposito’s cover story on “Paging Data: Exploring Approaches to Page Data in MVC Views,” this month’s .NET Conversations features a lively discussion with Phil Haack, Microsoft program manager for ASP.NET MVC, on introducing MVC 2.

Our regular columnists and other familiar experts explore a variety of .NET developer topics.

  • Alvin Bruney, an ASP.NET MVP, returns to our pages with a timely article on making Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) fully accessible.
  •  In “WCF and the Access Control Service,” regular columnist Michele Bustamante shows you how to protect your web resources by using AppFabric Access Control and Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) with ASP.NET.
  • This month, in “Manage Services with Windows Server AppFabric,” regular columnist Zoiner Tejada takes you on a tour of this new technology’s feature set.
  • Dan Wahlin’s Spotlight on Silverlight is on “Displaying HTML in Silverlight Applications.”

 Finding Other Great Developer Offerings

Take a look at the end of each article in the magazine this month. You’ll find a six-digit InstantDoc ID number. You can use this number to look up articles on our DevProConnections.com website. You can read articles online, make comments, look for other related content, and explore the website. I invite you to explore the site and send me feedback. We’re looking for developers in the community who are passionate about information exchange. Are you interested in blogging with us? Drop me a line at [email protected] com.

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