Announcing release of ASP.NET and Web Tools 2013.1 for Visual Studio 2012

Announcing release of ASP.NET and Web Tools 2013.1 for Visual Studio 2012

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We have released ASP.NET and Web Tools 2013.1 for Visual Studio 2012. This release brings a ton of great improvements, and include some fantastic enhancements to ASP.NET MVC 5, Web API 2, Scaffolding and Entity Framework to users of Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2012 Express for Web.

You can download and start using these features now.

Below are details on a few of the great improvements you can take advantage of with this release.  Please visit http://asp.net/aspnet/overview/aspnet-and-visual-studio-2012/aspnet-and-web-tools-20131-for-visual-studio-2012 for additional release notes, documentation, and tutorials.

Round tripping

With this release of ASP.NET and Web Tools, it is now possible for developers using Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2013 to collaborate on an ASP.NET MVC 5 application. This release brings in key features such as support for ASP.NET Razor 3 editing which allows developers to use syntax highlighting and Intellisense when editing a Razor View in their MVC application. Developers can also be productive by using the new ASP.NET Scaffolding framework in Visual Studio 2012 in any type of web application project such as ASP.NET Web Forms, MVC, and Web API.

ASP.NET MVC 5 and Web API 2 Templates

You can now use MVC 5 or Web API 2 project templates to create an applicationThese project templates will install the necessary NuGet packages for MVC 5 and Web API 2.

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You can also add MVC 5 and Web API 2 controllers or views using item templates.

To learn more about what’s new in MVC 5 please visit http://www.asp.net/visual-studio/overview/2013/release-notes#TOC10

To learn more about what’s new in Web API 2 please visit http://www.asp.net/visual-studio/overview/2013/release-notes#TOC11

ASP.NET Scaffolding

ASP.NET Scaffolding is a code generation framework for ASP.NET Web applications. In previous versions of Visual Studio, scaffolding was limited to running within ASP.NET MVC projects. Since the advent of "One ASP.NET" there is no specific ASP.NET MVC project type, as all projects are just ASP.NET projects. 

With this update, you can use MVC's scaffolding from within any ASP.NET project, including scaffolding MVC controllors within Web Forms apps. To learn more about what is new in Scaffolding, please visit http://www.asp.net/visual-studio/overview/2013/aspnet-scaffolding-overview

 

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ASP.NET Razor Tooling

With this release you will also get great editor support for editing Razor views in MVC. This includes features such as syntax highlighting, Intellisense etc.clip_image006

Entity Framework 6

When you Scaffold a MVC controller or Web API controller using Entity Framework, the controller will use Entity Framework 6 to generate code to perform CRUD actions on an entity. The controller also show cases some of the key features in Entity Framework 6 such as generating async actions. For more information on what’s new in Entity Framework please visit http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/data/jj574253

Bootstrap

When you Scaffold a MVC controller with Entity Framework and generate views for CRUD operations, the views use Bootstrap CSS framework to style the pages. Bootstrap is a responsive mobile first CSS framework that makes front end web development much easier. For more information on how to customize Bootstrap please visit http://www.asp.net/visual-studio/overview/2013/creating-web-projects-in-visual-studio#bootstrap.

NuGet 2.7

NuGet 2.7 includes a rich set of new features which are described in detail at NuGet 2.7 Release Notes.

This version of NuGet improves the experience around automatic package restore. When installing NuGet 2.7, users implicitly consent to automatically restoring missing packages. Users can explicitly opt out of package restoration through the NuGet settings in Visual Studio. This change simplifies how package restore works.

Summary

ASP.NET and Web Tools 2013.1 for Visual Studio 2012 enables developers to take advantage of the improvements in ASP.NET MVC 5, Web API 2, Scaffolding, and Entity Framework when using Visual Studio 2012. This release also makes it possible for developers to collaborate on MVC 5 or Web API 2 projects across Visual Studio 2012 and 2013.

Please download and start using this update now. If you want an offline installer then please goto http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41532

  • Why is it asking to install Visual Studio 2012 Express??

  • Hi Jose,

    What version of Visual Studio do you have on the machine that you are trying to install this on?

    Thanks

  • I have VS2012 Professional Update 4 installed and it is also asking to install Visual Studio 2012 Express.

  • I have VS2012 Ultimate Update 4 and it is also asking to install Visual Studio 2012 Express

  • I have Visual Studio 2012 Premium Update 4

  • I just went ahead and installed what it was asking for and it seems ASP.NET and Web Tools 2013.1 were installed successfully for my VS2012 (w/o installing Visual Studio 2012 Express)

  • I have VS2012 Ultimate Update 3 and it is also asking to install Visual Studio 2012 Express

  • I also got a Visual Studio 2012 Express dialog. The best thing to do is to run Web Platform Installer directly (from IIS) and search for "2013.1 for Visual Studio 2012"

  • Any answer yet why we are being asked to install Visual Studio 2012 Express?. I am using VS 2012 Ultimate.

  • I ran the update and it didn't actually install express. MVC 5 Empty project template is now available.  Why not options to choose internet application, intranet application etc...

  • There is a full download?

  • I was also asked to install VS2012 Express, even though I have VS2012 Pro (w/update 4).

  • It doesn't install Express. I can confirm. Yes, it is misleading because it says VS Express on the install list, but if you look at the download size (59mb), there is no way that includes VS! Installed it just fine into VS Professional.

    I don't have a computer without VS, so I can't try it, but, my guess is that it installs VS Express if there is no other VS installation present.

  • If you have VS Ultimate or Pro, then this will not bring down VS 2012 Express. If you do not have any VS 2012 SKU installed then this installer will bring down VS 2012 Express. This is an artifact of how this entry shows up in Web PI. We are looking into this to see if we can make it better to avoid this confusion.

  • Based on the comments here I gave it a shot, and VS Express was not installed (I have VS2012 Pro).

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