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One of the great new features in Visual Studio 2010 is the ability to now use code snippets inside of ASP.NET, HTML, and JavaScript files. Snippets have long been a productivity boost for regular C# code but have been sorely missing for mark up. In fact, frameworks like MVC 2 actually ship with their own snippets. There are only about 10-15 snippets that are currently shipping with MVC (and many of those are just duplicated because there are both VB and C# versions). That doesn’t seem like very many. ......

One of the cool new features of MVC 2 is the ability to automatically pick an editor template based on the meta data of each property. This meta data can be as simple as the data type of the property itself. Take an example where we have a Contact object that has a DateTime? property for DateOfBirth. 1: public partial class Contact 2: { 3: [DisplayName("First Name")] 4: public string FirstName { get; set; } 5: 6: [DisplayName("Last Name")] 7: public string LastName { get; set; } 8: 9: [DisplayName("Date ......