Following with the launch of VS2013 ASP.NET a slew of frameworks were also updated and made available for general download.

Some of the changes include:

- MVC 5:

  • Identity – updated to use ASP.Net identity for authentication and identity management.
  • Bootstrap – provides a customizable sleek and responsive look and feel.
  • Authentication filters – a new kind of authentication filter which allows per-action/controller or globally
  • Filter Overrides – override which filters apply to a given action/method/controller

- MVC Web API 2:

  • Attribute Routing – ability to have both HTTP verb and action based routing
  • OAuth 2.0 – new authorization framework now supported.
  • OData Improvements – support for $select, $expand, $batch, and $value
  • Request Batching – combines multiple operations into a single HTTP POST request
  • Portable ASP.NET Web API Client – create PCL’s that work across Windows and Windows 8 apps.
  • Improved Testability – no more bootstrapping, etc…
  • IHttpActionResult – encapsulates the result of Web API action methods.
  • HttpRequestContext – tracks any state that is tied to the request but is not immediately available.
  • CORS – full support for Cross Origin Request Sharing
  • OWIN Integration – can be run on any OWIN capable host

- Web Forms:

  • One ASP.NET – integrate seamlessly with the new One ASP.NET experience

- Authentication / OWIN and Katana: decouples the web application from the server, making web applications host-agnostic

  • New server and host components
    • Microsoft.Owin.Host.HttpListener –uses HttpListener to listen for HTTP requests and direct them into the OWIN pipeline.
    • Microsoft.Owin.Hosting – self-host an OWIN pipeline in a custom process, such as a console application or Windows service.
    • OwinHost – self-host an OWIN pipeline without having to write a custom host application
  • New helper libraries and middleware – the new Microsoft.Owin package provides a more user-friendly set of abstractions (e.g., Owin.Extensions, Owin.Types)
  • New authentication middleware
    • Microsoft.Owin.Security.ActiveDirectory – authentication using on-premise or cloud-based directory services.
    • Microsoft.Owin.Security.Cookies – authentication using cookies. This package was previously named Microsoft.Owin.Security.Forms.
    • Microsoft.Owin.Security.Facebook – authentication using Facebook’s OAuth-based service.
    • Microsoft.Owin.Security.Google –  authentication using Google’s OpenID-based service.
    • Microsoft.Owin.Security.Jwt –  authentication using JWT tokens.
    • Microsoft.Owin.Security.MicrosoftAccount – authentication using Microsoft accounts.
    • Microsoft.Owin.Security.OAuth – Provides an OAuth authorization server as well as middleware for authenticating bearer tokens.
    • Microsoft.Owin.Security.Twitter – authentication using Twitter’s OAuth-based service.

- Scaffolding: Scaffolding is a code generation framework for ASP.NET Web applications. It makes it easy to add boileplate code to your project that interacts with a data model.

Checkout all of the latest bits here -> http://www.asp.net/vnext/overview

Release Notes -> http://www.asp.net/visual-studio/overview/2013/release-notes#TOC11

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