TechEd NA 2014 – ASP.NET: Building Web Applications Using ASP.NET and Visual Studio

TechEd North America 2014, Houston
ASP.NET: Building Web Applications Using ASP.NET and Visual Studio – Scott Hanselman, Scott Hunter
(Calling themselves — The “Lesser” Scotts, in a very gracious nod to the greatness of Scott Guthrie)

Day 1, 12 May 2014, 3:00PM-4:15PM (DEV-B213)

Disclaimer: This post contains my own thoughts and notes based on attending TechEd North America 2014 presentations. Some content maps directly to what was originally presented. Other content is paraphrased or represents my own thoughts and opinions and should not be construed as reflecting the opinion of either Microsoft, the presenters or the speakers.

Executive Summary—Sean’s takeaways

  • “One ASP.NET” initiative
    • Can mix and match technologies
    • Don’t have to make the “right” choice when doing File|New
  • In general, lots of great new features in ASP.NET, like:
    • New Identity system, with two-factor authentication
    • Azure Server Explorer in Visual Studio
    • Browser Link, pushing browser-based changes back into Visual Studio
    • Async in Entity Framework
  • Coming soon
    • Project template support for 3rd party libraries like Angular

Full video

Scott Hanselman / Scott Hunter

Hanselman now doing new video podcast – – small 10 min podcasts w/devs from Azure team

ASP.NET and Web Tools, Visual Studio 2013.2

ASP.NET vs. Web Tools

  • ASP.NET – think of GAC


  • Sites / Services
  • Sites
    • Web Forms
    • Web Pages
    • Single Page Apps
    • MVC
  • Services
    • Web API
    • SignalR
  • All on top of ASP.NET

You don’t have to choose up front (File | New)

  • Can add stuff later, e.g. MVC, Web API
  • E.g. add MVC controller to Web Forms

MVP program changed

  • Old: loudest, wrote most books, blogs
  • Now: Can be MVP based solely on open source contributions

Cadence – every 6 mos

Fall 2014 – Focus – Modern Web

  • Support for various 3rd party .js libraries
  • E.g. jQuery, Angular
  • Will support all these within project templates

From Web Tools “Labs”

  • Release every 2 mos
  • Web Essentials (VS extension)

New stuff, Oct 2013

  • General
    • New Identity system
    • Templates based on Bootstrap **
  • One ASP.NET
    • One single project
  • Azure SDK
    • Azure Server Explorer – Azure features from within VS
  • Web API
    • CORs
    • Attribute Routing – brings routing into controller
  • MVC
    • Attribute Routing
  • Entity Framework
    • Async, Stored Procs, Resiliency
    • Azync – will be faster ** very important, available across sub-systems
      • E.g. avoid blocking calls by doing async when doing network access
      • User doesn’t know, code doesn’t know
  • Visual Studio
    • New HTML Editor
    • Live Browser Link + Extensibility
    • AngularJS Class Intellisense (and Bootstrap)

May 2014

  • One ASP.NET
    • Scaffolding
    • Two-factor Auth
    • Account lockout, confirmation, reset, et.c
  • SignalR
    • Xamarin, No jQuery, Android
  • Web API
    • BSON formatter (binary JSON)
    • Improved attribute routing
  • MVC
    • Better bootstrap scaffolding
  • Entity Framework
    • EF Power Tools
    • Reverse engineer DB to Code First


  • New language features
  • Code analysis, custom diagnostics

ASP.NET CodeDOM provider

  • Use new features in ASP.NET applications
  • Improve startup time for large applications

Azure stack

  • Azure Storage
  • VMs (IaaS)
  • Worker Roles

Web Sites vs. Virtual Machines

  • VMs – You manage it – IaaS
  • Web Sites – PaaS

Session – Microsoft .NET Framework: Overview and Applications for Babies

PDC 2008, Day #1, Session #5, 1 hr 15 min.

Scott Hanselman

There’s no way that I was going to miss Hanselman’s talk.  I’m a big fan of his podcasts—Scott is one of the most knowledgeable tech podcasters out there and he can also be pretty entertaining.  I’m always amazed listening to Scott’s podcasts.  Some guest will be talking about the esoterics of some new platform or service and Scott will just “get it”, quickly grokking what the guy is talking about and end up summarizing it in a nice way.

Scott’s talk didn’t disappoint.  I got to the room early and got a front row seat.  Scott also wins the prize for speaking in the most comfy room at the convention center—the talk was in a cozy little theatre with cushy theatre chairs.

The goal of Scott’s talk was to take a spin around some of the newer (3.5 and 4.0) areas of the .NET Framework.  The vehicle was by extending his WPF BabySmash application to use as many features and services as possible.

BabySmash was the little application that Scott used to teach himself WPF.  He’s blogged about his adventures with BabySmash and learning WPF.

I didn’t take notes during Scott’s session, but let’s see if I can remember the different .NET technologies that Scott dabbled in with BabySmash:

  • Silverlight 2
  • Windows Mobile
  • Surface
  • ADO.NET Data Services
  • Entity Framework
  • New ASP.NET charts/graphs

Basically, Scott ported BabySmash to each of these platforms, or made use of the platform to add some new feature to BabySmash.  It was a great way, using a little app like BabySmash, to illustrate how these technologies fit together.

The grand finale was having all of Scott’s Twitter “minions” go to an online BabySmash web page, which collected metrics about which keys were being pressed.  Scott then displayed a live histogram on an ASP.NET page, showing the distribution of the keys pressed.  It’s a testament to Scott’s popularity that the graph grew quickly, with the frequency for some letters quickly moving into the thousands.

What’s even more amazing is that Scott said he hadn’t tested the Twitter app, at least in a broad/distributed way, until the talk.  Very cool.

I can’t really add much to what Scott writes himself.  So do yourself a favor and check him out at