The ASP.NET MVC framework has come a long way over the last few years.
It was originally the vision of Scott Guthrie in early 2007, and with a subsequent
prototype demonstration in late 2007 and the hire of Phil Haack as a Senior Program
Manager, this vision became a reality. Several public previews of the framework were
released over the following year, followed by the final release of ASP.NET MVC 1.0 in
At a time when many web developers in the .NET community were becoming frustrated
that other platforms had great MVC frameworks available (such as Ruby on Rails)
that provided lightweight, clean, and simple ways of building web applications, ASP.NET
Web Forms was losing favor. Developers struggled to make it do things for which it was
never initially intended, and for many developers with a web background, the complexities
of the page lifecycle and the pseudo-stateful model were very alien concepts.
ASP.NET MVC aimed to solve this problem by positioning itself as an alternative
platform to Web Forms for developing web applications on the .NET platform. Taking
inspiration from other frameworks such as Rails, MonoRail, and others, ASP.NET MVC
provided a much cleaner way for .NET developers to build web applications.
With the second major release in March 2010, ASP.NET MVC 2 added support for several
important features that were missing from the first release (such as validation, areas,
and templated helpers). Now with ASP.NET MVC 4, Microsoft has built on an already
solid platform and has introduced several major new changes—the new Razor view
engine replaces the Web Forms ASPX engine as the default mechanism for rendering
HTML, and the framework embraces many of the new features introduced with .NET 4.
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