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Hey all.  Just wanted to let you know that the interview that I did with Javier Lozano ( is now available on DotNetRadio!  This was a pretty hefty interview so I had to cut it in half.  In the first half of the interview we discussed the following points.

  • How and why was ASP.NET MVC created?
  • What are the pain points of ASP.NET Webforms?
  • What can a WebForms developer expect when moving to ASP.NET MVC?
  • MVC is like BizTalk – it can do anything – it just can’t do anything out of the box!
  • What did ASP.NET MVC get right…what did it get wrong?
  • What are the differences between WebForms and MVC with regards to saving state and workflow?
  • What sort of validation is provided with MVC 1 or MVC2?
  • What is a strongly typed view and how does that work?
  • Creating strongly typed views and why that is important
  • What is the difference between a Model and a ViewModel and why would a developer want to use that?
  • What does the term “magic string” mean and why is that bad?
  • How do magic strings relate to MVC 1, MVC 2, and what tools are provided by MVC Contrib to help remove magic strings from an MVC application?
  • What are MVC Contrib Input Builders and how do those work?
  • How would you use templating in ASP.NET MVC?
  • How does Dynamic Data work in ASP.NET MVC?
  • How do you create inject-able controllers via an MVC Contrib Controller Factory?
  • Using inversion of control containers in the MVC framework
  • What is painful about the WebForms view engine used in ASP.NET MVC?
  • Why are there so many view engines available for MVC?
  • How does nVelocity make working in the View easier?
  • Why are code behind files the ultimate evil?
  • How is the workflow different in the WebForms view engine compared to other MVC view engines such as SPARK or nVelocity?

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    Please feel free to let me know if you have any feedback.  In the next post I will put up the second half of Javier Lozano’s.  And after that I will post the Sara Chipps interview!

    Upcoming interviews will include include Jeffrey Palermo, Ayende Rahien, Gil Zilberfeld, Bill Pringle, Patrick Smacchia, Scott Belware, and many more!  Stay tuned.

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  • Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 12:18 PM | Back to top

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