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Suteki Shop and ASP.NET MVC

Suteki Shop and ASP.NET MVC

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At last year’s Remix:UK conference in Brighton, ScottGu mentioned a local company called Jump the Gun who were running their online store on ASP.NET MVC well before we’d released it. Wanting to chat to a local company who’d chosen to build ASP.NET MVC applications, I recently did a bit of research and discovered that the Jump the Gun site is running on an open source eCommerce app called Suteki Shop developed by Brighton-based freelance programmer Mike Hadlow.

Earlier this week I travelled down to sunny Brighton to drag Mike away from his desk for a couple of hours for a spot of lunch and a chat about his likes and dislikes in ASP.NET MVC and Webforms, why he built Suteki Shop, his involvement with open source, application architecture and, most importantly, how the heck you’re supposed to pronounce “Suteki”.

The results are lovingly captured in these 2 videos. There is a little bit of overlap between the two – the description will help you pick if you only have time for one of them. NB: the first minute (intro) is the same for both videos.

In this first video we chat about why Webforms vs MVC, what excites Mike about ASP.NET MVC, the architecture and technology choices behind Suteki Shop, the Castle Project’s Windsor IoC container, the “sweet-spot” for MVC and plans for the future.

In this second video we chat about “Suteki” – what it means and how to say it, why Mike created Suteki Shop, how the Jump the Gun site came about, the “long-tail” business, multi-tenancy, what distinguishes Suteki Shop from other eCommerce applications , why he chose to open source it and we get interrupted by a very rude gull.

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