One of the things I did looking at the MVC RC2 was see what’s involved in converting the “New Project” template from .aspx to .spark – it’s an exceptionally smooth migration.
For starters all of the the view files are standalone files with no code behind, which let’s you change the extension as a starting point.
The biggest difference is Shared/Site.Master was renamed and moved to Layouts/Application.spark… It could have stayed in Shared, but it seems a bit more specific to me. You’d also probably throw an underscore onto the file that’s used as a partial.
<% stmt %> and
<%= expr %> are supported, if you’re using the Html helpers number of things you need to change in a view is remarkably small. Getting rid of the page declaration, and altering the named content parts, more or less covers it.
The layout itself can be changed nearly as easily.
Well, you get the idea. You’ll also need to add the namespace
System.Web.Mvc.Html using a shared/_global.spark file, or the
section in web.config, or by adding it to the template files.
Eventually you would also want to switch from a aspx-centric file appearance to a spark-centric one, but from the standpoint of migrating an existing app it probably gets you off the ground pretty quickly.
In the interest of completeness here’s the LogOnUserControl partial.