We are trying to make it as easy as possible to contribute to the project. Continue to contribute feedback through CodePlex and on the mailing list at http://groups.google.com/group/mvccontrib-discuss. The source has always been in Subversion at GoogleCode, but we (Jeremy) have recently move the source onto Git so that enthusiastic contributors don’t find themselves waiting for a committer to review a patch. Because of GitHub’s setup, forking is normal and expected. In fact, if we are slow to review and publish a new release with your contribution, other users who want your feature can pull it straight from your public fork. This is a way of working that is less friction than the centralized patching workflow that Subversion requires.
I, Eric, and Jeremy are all new to Git. Jeremy knows it much better than Eric or I at this point, but we are giving it a shot because of the great reviews we’ve heard. We are serious about it, too. MvcContrib has become large and wildly popular with ASP.NET MVC developers, and it is linked directly off of ASP.NET MVC’s downloads page at http://www.asp.net/mvc/download/. MvcContrib has racked up over 50,000 downloads since the project started, and many people have contributed to it.
We want MvcContrib to continue to grow in value. If/When Microsoft implements some features that are directly in MvcContrib, we will refactor so that we depend on the latest feature releases. MvcContrib will also soon have a branch preparing for the ASP.NET MVC 2 release.
The PDC starts on a Tuesday, so the party will be held on a Monday night. Book your plane tickets to arrive early on Monday so that you can make the party. Details are as follows. RSVP now so I can get a good count and tell your friends. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, email sponsorships [att} partywithpalermo. com
November 16, 2009 – Los Angeles, CA – 7:00PM – 10:00PM
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel And Suites 404 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA Ph: (213) 624-1000 Hollywood Ballroom (3rd floor) Cover charge is 1 business card. This will get you in the door and register you for the grand prize drawings.
Along with the free chapters, you can get the source code for the entire book for FREE even if you haven’t purchased the book yet. Be warned! It’s a 97MB zip file that expands to about 200MB of Visual Studio solution goodness. Over 60 ASP.NET MVC projects make up the examples in the book, and it all opens in one solution. You need SQL Server 2005 Express to run some of the examples.
Below is the final cover for the book. Because of the heavy emphasis on complementary tools for ASP.NET MVC, we’ve added a subtitle, “with MvcContrib, NHibernate, and more”. MvcContrib is sprinkled throughout the book because we as an author team feel that MvcContrib is essential for its extra features. It stays out of the way, but it is extremely useful to not have to write common extensions yourself.
I want to thank Phil Haack for coming through with a great Foreword for the book. Thanks as well for the great framework that deserves this book. Thanks to my two great co-authors, Ben Scheirman and Jimmy Bogard. Also thanks to Jeremy Skinner who was a terrific technical editor.
We’re already starting plans for the 2nd edition that will cover ASP.NET MVC 2 (to be shipped with Visual Studio 2010).
It’s been two years since I joined Headspring Systems as employee #5, and we have grown by leaps and bounds. We recently learned that we made #127 on Austin’s Inc. 500 list. We are the 2nd or 4th fastest growing company in Austin depending on who you ask, and in the time period examined by Inc.com, we have grown 1,366.3%. Here is the Inc.com company profile.
This year has been especially exciting as we’ve seen several of our sponsored open-source projects enjoy some pretty good adoption. They are MvcContrib, AutoMapper, Solution Factory, and Tarantino. You can see all the open-source projects we sponsor here.
Early this year we also moved from Microsoft Certified Partner to Certified Gold Partner. We have now joined just over 20 companies in the Austin area who are gold partners. There are less than 10 who are software development services companies. You can see our partner profile here.
As luck would have it, I had a family emergency that takes me to the Trenton, NJ area, so I got with Brian Donahue to squeeze in a meeting with the Philly Alt.Net group tonight at Q BBQ & Tequila. You can see more information on Brian’s blog, his twitter and the RSVP site at eventbrite.