The second time they shipped ASP.NET MVC, the release was ASP.NET MVC Tools
Update. The ASP.NET MVC runtime did not change at all. In fact, it was the same exact
runtime installer. But wow did the tooling change! ASP.NET MVC included scaffolding
based on the Entity Framework Code First model. This provided all the code needed
for a simple CRUD interface over a set of entities. Also included in that release was
NuGet 1.0 RTM. NuGet is a package manager that makes it easy to discover and install
libraries (in the form of NuGet packages) into a Visual Studio project. In fact, many of
the third-party libraries included in ASP.NET MVC were shipped this way. The benefit
of this approach is that even after a project is created, it’s very easy to discover and
install updates to these third-party dependencies as new versions ship.
Microsoft recently deployed the NuGet Gallery written using ASP.NET MVC. It was
probably my first real-world web application built using the framework I’ve spent the last
four years working on. And I am most certainly biased when I say this, but I believe it’s the
truth: it was a joy to work on. I certainly found some pain points, but overall, it was a good
experience. I hope you feel the same way as this book guides you through the inner work-
ings of ASP.NET MVC and you too build some web applications with it.