Scott has gone over all the details about the new features and feature improvements in RC and also has pointed that the release notes contain a full list along with the procedure to upgrade a Beta application to RC.
We’ve been waiting for this build earlier in the latest months of 2008, but ASP.NET MVC 1.0 underwent some major changes to be the most suitable version for developers and all these changes postponed the RC.
The new features in ASP.NET MVC 1.0 RC cover a wide range of areas including the Visual Studio tooling experience with lots of cool features, improvements in view manipulation, form post experience, unit testing, security, file handling, and AJAX; therefore, there are many new things to discover with this build.
This release candidate build is unique to some extent because it’s one of the few Microsoft projects that come to RC with this number of major changes or at least I can’t remember any product in my long time experience with Microsoft products.
ASP.NET MVC had a different development process for its own in the way that its source code was shared with the community from the very early stages, and many developers could get their hands on the source code and leave their comments. ASP.NET MVC team also did a great job in considering all these feedback in the product and refining the product step by step; however, I think that this approach had an influence on the schedule even though the advantages of the postpones should outweigh its disadvantages.
I’m going to work on the new build really quickly, and learn all the changes as soon as possible because we need to apply all these changes in the book and pass a major review. Besides, some final reviews on the book content by Wrox editors have convinced us to revisit some parts of the book and apply some major changes, so we’ll have busy weeks ahead.
By the way, I hope that we see a high quality final release very soon and move on to a new stage of ASP.NET lifecycle.
For now go ahead and download ASP.NET MVC 1.0 RC and enjoy the great new features and improvements.