ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 Update available as on February 19, 2013 adds new features to both ASP.NET and Visual Studio.
"All the ASP.NET templates now has updated versions of jQuery, jQuery UI, jQuery Validation, Modernizr, Knockout, and other open source NuGet packages," wrote Scott Guthrie.
This ASP.NET and Web Tools update "will also be included with the upcoming Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (aka VS2012.2)," added Guthrie.
Visual Studio Web Tooling. Web site projects now have the same publish experience as web app projects, including new support for publishing to Windows Azure Web Sites.
- VS2012 editor now has several improvements:CoffeeScript; Mustache; Handlebars; and JsRender.
- HTML editor provides Intellisense for Knockout bindings.
- Mobile Emulator support adds extensibility hooks so that third-party emulators can be installed as a VSIX.
ASP.NET Web API now provides support for OData endpoints that support both ATOM and JSON-light formats. And, the new built-in tracing functionality lets you easily diagnose problems with Web API whether you're running in Visual Studio or on Windows Azure.
Additionally, Updated Web API projects now contain a link to an automatically generated help page that shows how to call your web API.
ASP.NET SignalR, a new library for ASP.NET developers simplifies the process of adding real-time web functionality to your applications.
ASP.NET Web Forms Enhancements. ASP.NET Friendly URLs enable you to remove the .aspx extension from your Web Forms pages, making your sites' URLs look cleaner.
ASP.NET MVC Enhancements. New Facebook Application template makes writing Facebook Canvas applications using ASP.NET MVC really easy.
Finally, new pre-release of Windows Azure Authentication for MVC, Web Pages, and Web Forms "enables app to authenticate Office 365 users from your organization, corporate accounts synced from your on-premise Active Directory, or users created in your own custom Windows Azure Active Directory domain," Guthrie adds.
Click here to download the new ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 update.
Microsoft has also published v2.2.0 of the OData Service for Team Foundation Server, that include feature enhancements, performance optimizations, and bug fixes.
You can download the on-premises OData Service for TFS v2.2.0 along with sample apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 at http://aka.ms/tfsodata. Or, access the hosted OData Service for TFS at https://tfsodata.visualstudio.com.
Finally, Microsoft has also released today an updated version of the WCF Data Services NuGet packages and tools installer.
Grab the new WCF Data Services 5.3.0 RTW here.
In the video below, Jon Galloway shows off all the top new features in this release:
And, this video talks about the new OData features available in ASP.NET Web API: