VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 include a ton of new features for ASP.NET development. We are planning
to deliver even more ASP.NET functionality next year with a "ASP.NET 3.5
Extensions" release. The first public preview of this will be
available for download next week on the web.
Next week's ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions preview release will
This model view controller (MVC) framework for ASP.NET
provides a structured model that enables a clear separation of concerns within
web applications, and makes it easier to unit test your code and support a TDD workflow. It also helps provide more control over the URLs you publish in
your applications, and more control over the HTML that is emitted from
them. You can learn more about it from Part 1 of my ASP.NET MVC Tutorial series. I'm hoping
to find time this weekend to write and post Part 2 of the series.
ASP.NET AJAX Improvements
New ASP.NET AJAX features in the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions
release will include better browser history support (back/forward button
integration, and server-side history management support via a new
ASP.NET Dynamic Data Support
The ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions release will deliver new features
that enable faster creation of data driven web sites. It provides a rich
scaffolding framework, and enables rapid data driven site development using
both ASP.NET WebForms and ASP.NET MVC.
ASP.NET Silverlight Support
With the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions release we'll deliver support for easily integrating Silverlight within your ASP.NET applications. Included will
be new controls that make it easy to integrate Silverlight video/media and
interactive content within your sites.
ADO.NET Data Services
In parallel with the ASP.NET Extensions release we will also
be releasing the ADO.NET Entity Framework. This provides a new modeling
framework that enables developers to define a conceptual model of a database
schema that closely aligns to a real world view of the information. We
will also be shipping a new set of data services (codename "Astoria") that make it easy to expose REST based API endpoints from within your