Didnâ€™t we just have a VS and Silverlight launch in April, and a Tech-Ed in June?Â Is there the need to drop more good stuff on us even though weâ€™re still digesting the events of the last couple of months?Â Really?Â Anyhow, thanks for the cool stuff, and I hope my wife doesnâ€™t mind my laptop on the beach in a couple weeks.Â Since you like feedback, here are my thoughts.Â Do you mind taking a couple weeks off, now?
Very nice!Â Itâ€™s been a little difficult to use a local IIS or Cassini to truly test ASP.NET apps, since theyâ€™re so different than whatâ€™s on Server 2008.Â We wonâ€™t be able to replicate the setup and configuration, but I hope the features are as complete in the Express as in the server version, and I hope we can tap into the HTTP Request pipeline to test plug-in components.Â Maybe soon this will be the default VS web server, and Cassini can be retired.Â This seems to be a follow-up to SSRS 2008 no longer requiring IIS to be installed, and using http.sys instead.
SQL CE 4
This is the database I wish SQL Server Express was.Â As a matter of fact, I think SQL Express can die off now.Â If I wanted to install database services, I would install a database.Â If I donâ€™t want to have to install a database, I need something embeddable.Â Since SQL Express was released, I have come to really like SQLite.Â I think SQL CE is going to change the way a lot of blogs/websites/photo galleries are developed and hosted.Â And as much as I like Vista DB, I think you just ruined their holiday weekend.Â The fact that we can start with a small embeddable DB and hop up to SQL Server or SQL Azure should make a lot of ISVs very happy with new lower price points for starter versions and the ability to upsize when their clients need to.
Razor, the new â€˜Vâ€™ in â€˜MVCâ€™
Itâ€™s obvious MVC has a passionate following, and the MS is committed to the technology.Â I havenâ€™t had a chance to work with MVC very much, but the syntax of Razor looks greatâ€”a little SQL-ish, a little JQuery-ish, but not a mess at all.Â A lot of people donâ€™t like the <%=Â Â %> syntax because it harkens back to the classic ASP days, so the declarative syntax might make them happier.