The ASP.NET MVC 3 Tools update is now available and can be installed on top of the original ASP.NET MVC 3 release or just installed directly on a clean machine. The update only includes Visual Studio tooling improvements and default project template changes -- it doesn't include any changes to the ASP.NET MVC 3 runtime binaries. Because it uses the same ASP.NET MVC 3 runtime binaries as our original January release, there's no need to update existing MVC 3 projects you're working on or make any code changes to them.
The ASP.NET MVC 3 Tools Update includes a bunch of nice tooling improvements for ASP.NET MVC 3 including:
- The final release of EF 4.1 (which includes EF Code First) is now included by default with all new projects. Previously you had to download this library separately or get it using NuGet. Now it's referenced by default when you create new projects (enabling a really clean, powerful data API out of the box).
- Built-in data scaffolding support is now supported with the Add->Controller dialog within Visual Studio. This enables you to automatically scaffold a Controller class (which includes all the necessary data access code) and all of the view templates required to implement a CRUD solution against an EF model class (using either code-first, database-first or model-first). It makes it super easy to quickly create a data driven site using ASP.NET MVC.
- A new Intranet Project Template has been included with this release that makes it easy to create a new project that uses Windows authentication to identify users (as opposed to the Forms Authentication pages built-into the Internet template today). Speaking of the Internet Project Template, the AccountController class within it has also been cleaned up with this release.
- Newer versions of jQuery core, jQuery UI and jQuery Validation are included with this release. The default versions added to new projects are also now added as NuGet libraries (meaning they are listed in the packages.config file of the project) – which means that you can use NuGet to easily update them to even more recent versions as a later date.
You can install it from the http://asp.net/mvc site.
[Via: ScottGu's Blog]