ASP.NET 4 and Visual Studio 2010 beta 2 are here!

Posted: Oct 19, 2009  16 comments  

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The ASP.NET and Web tools for Visual Studio teams have been cranking away on this release all year long and we’re excited to launch Beta 2 today!  MSDN subscribers can download it today…it will be available for everyone on Wednesday. 

There are a ton of new features in this release, this MSDN page gives a good overview.  Here are some highlights for Web developers:

  • Numerous improvements to Web Forms including more control over viewstate, meta tag control, new browser support, routing support for clean URLs, more control over HTML with FormView and ListView controls, filtering support in data source controls, better Web standards support and accessibility
  • New Dynamic Data features including a RAD experience for quickly building a data-driven site, automatic validation, field template support for GridView and DetailsView controls. 
  • Visual Studio has undergone a face lift and now supports simpler, code optimized view, multi-mon support, enhanced multi-targeting and more..
  • Visual Web Developer has better support for HTML, CSS and JavaScript including auto-completion for tag names, IntelliSense for HTML and Jscript snippets, and more…
  • Visual Studio also natively supports the Web Deployment Tool, a powerful new packaging and deployment model for Web applications.  Check out Vishal’s blog (PM for these features) for a bunch more info on this as well.
  • Auto-start Web Applications
  • And much more…

All said this is an impressive release and now is a great time to try it out and provide your feedback!