Rebuilding in ASP.NET MVC 2 - Part 1

UPDATE: Links to the MVC site on the URL are no longer active, now that the site is live at

I have finally decided to rebuild this web site - in ASP.NET MVC 2.

The core of this web site pretty old. Some underlying code and concepts are from the time where ASP.NET was still called ASP Plus and other parts are from the 1.0 beta time frame. With each new major release of ASP.NET (1.1, 2.0 and 3.5) I rewrote parts of the application, taking advantage of new features offered by the platform, cleaning up or deleting code I no longer needed.

But now it's time for a complete rewrite in ASP.NET MVC 2. The structure and content of this site lends itself pretty well for this design pattern. By rebuilding in ASP.NET MVC, I can take advantage of cleaner URLs and routing mechanisms, hopefully increasing search engine rankings and indexability. Additionally, my site should be a lot easier to maintain and test from a coding perspective as currently the entire project has become quite messy.

I have the following features / ideas in mind:

  • I'll be using MVC 2 (currently in beta / release candidate state)
  • I'll use the ADO.NET Entity Framework 4 for most of my data access
  • I'll use a hybrid combination of ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET Win Forms in order to reuse most, if not all of my current CMS and administration section.
  • I'll be using Castle Windsor for IoC / DI scenarios

You can follow my progress here: Right now, all that's in place is the basic routing engine and the category and articles systems. Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be adding features to the site, and blog about interesting issues I have ran into. Please don't link to articles on that site but use the main web site ( instead as the mvc URL is only temporary.

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Written by Imar Spaanjaars
Date Posted 03/09/2010 13:44


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