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  • Version: 3
  • Category: SDK
  • Language: English

ASP.NET MVC 3 provides a Model-View-Controller (MVC) framework on top of the ASP.NET 4 runtime.

  • ASP.NET MVC 3 is a framework for developing highly testable and maintainable Web applications by leveraging the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern. The framework encourages developers to maintain a clear separation of concerns among the responsibilities of the application – the UI logic using the view, user-input handling using the controller, and the domain logic using the model. ASP.NET MVC applications are easily testable using techniques such as test-driven development (TDD).
    The installation package includes templates and tools for Visual Studio 2010 to increase productivity when writing ASP.NET MVC applications. For example, the Add View dialog box takes advantage of customizable code generation (T4) templates to generate a view based on a model object. The default project template allows the developer to automatically hook up a unit-test project that is associated with the ASP.NET MVC application.
    Because the ASP.NET MVC framework is built on ASP.NET 4, developers can take advantage of existing ASP.NET features like authentication and authorization, profile settings, localization, and so on.


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ASP.NET-MVC-3-RTM-Release-Notes.doc721a8cf07cc29fbc01d0f68b26df6c213f611c4063 KB
AspNetMVC3Setup.execf5c4d4808c8e523340044d7231c962062cdb1c920.94 MB
mvc3-rtm-mspl.zipcd616e8ec7272a9fef241b5f4e241382e6b7e7a9495 KB

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System Requirements

Operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP

  • .NET 4, ASP.NET 4, Visual Studio 2010 or Visual Web Developer 2010 are required to use certain parts of this feature.

Installation Instructions

  • For more information about installing the release, see the ASP.NET MVC 3 Release Notes.