Posted by: lluppes | June 21, 2012

MVC4 Release Candidate Changes

The first edition of my book “Delivering Mobile-Friendly WebSites With MVC4” was created using the MVC4 Beta release. On May 31, 2012, Microsoft released the VS2012 Release Candidate and MVC4 Release Candidate, and with that release came some exciting new changes. With regards to my book, there are relatively few breaking changes – the Bundling and Minification section in Chapter 4 have changed, and the Recipe feature found in the Beta Release is missing in action.   For a full explanation, updated code snippets, and a downloadable revised Chapter 4 from the book, go to the Updates page on my book’s website and I’ll keep that updated with the changes.

I’ve pushed out a Second Edition of the book with changes for the Release Candidate.  The Kindle edition is available now, and Paperback will be available as soon as the publisher approves it.  If you’ve bought a first edition book and would like to get an updated eBook version, contact me and I’ll do my best to make that happen.  In my opinion, except for some code in Chapter 4, the changes are pretty minor so you really probably won’t need an update.  If you bought a First Edition, you can download an 8.5×11 PDF version of  Chapter 4 for free so you can print it out and stick it in your book for reference.

I’m having a hard time with the Recipes feature being gone — my FoodTruck software was all based on being a Recipe.  Microsoft has hinted that it will come back as a NuGet package, but so far I haven’t been able to pry any details about how or when out of them.   I’ve got a work-around published on my book’s Update page, but I’d like something more elegant.  I’m working on that and will let you know if I find anything.


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  1. FYI – I’ve just released a Third Edition based on the Release version of MVC4. Very little change from the Release Candidate, so mostly it’s just a couple of screen changes. Behind the scenes, the MVC4 code has a lot of changes, but my book is pretty much unchanged.

    I talked to some folks from Microsoft and they indicate that Recipes will resurface at some point in the future, but still won’t give any date as to when. Now that VS2012 is out, maybe they will have time to get that done!

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