January 20, 2011, 12:15 PM — Usually, technologists are quick to move on to the latest innovations and relegate older computing methods to the history books. But Model-View-Controller, or MVC, is a software development method that has withstood the test of time because, quite simply, it still works. Popular in Web application development, MVC is now finding a new life in mobile app development.
Despite being decades old, MVC is being applied to the latest trends in software development: Web and mobile applications. MVC arose out of the SmallTalk project in 1979 at the fabled Xerox PARC research facility. Adherents these days include major vendors such as Microsoft, as well as lesser-known companies such as Jupiter Consulting. MVC is used with the popular Ruby on Rails development framework and with the Spring Java framework.