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ASP.NET MVC 2 Cookbook

Andrew Siemer, Richard Kimber

Over 70 clear and incredibly effective recipes to get the most out of the many tools and features of the ASP.NET MVC framework
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849690300
Paperback332 pages

About This Book

  • Solutions to the most common problems encountered with ASP.NET MVC development
  • Build and maintain large applications with ease using ASP.NET MVC
  • Recipes to enhance the look, feel, and user experience of your web applications
  • Expand your MVC toolbox with an introduction to lots of open source tools
  • Part of Packt's Cookbook series: Each recipe is a carefully organized sequence of instructions to complete the task as efficiently as possible

Who This Book Is For

This book is particularly written for web developers looking to transfer their knowledge from the ASP.NET Web Forms way of doing things to the ASP.NET MVC framework. As this book targets readers of various experience levels, you should be able to find recipes of a basic, intermediate, and advanced nature. Regardless of your experience level, each recipe will walk you through the solution in a step by step manner that anyone should be able to follow.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Working with the View
Using magic strings and the ViewData dictionary
Creating a strongly typed view
Decoupling a strongly typed view with a View model
Centralizing display logic with templated helpers
Using a partial view to segment view code
Rendering a child view with Html.RenderAction
Loading a view template from a database with NVelocity
Consuming a JSON with jQuery
Chapter 2: Taking Action in Your Controllers
Exposing JSON using a JsonResult with Json.NET
A custom ActionResult to return an image
Specifying the size of an ImageResult
Creating a CAPTCHA system
Generating a PDF order summary
Implementing a controller factory for use with StructureMap
Chapter 3: Routing
Creating a route to support a reporting engine
Making hackable URLs for a product catalog
Filter your matches with routing constraints
Using wildcard parameters to support slug URLs
Creating a 404 page via routing
Moving routes out of Global.asax
Supporting pagination in your URLs
Supporting content hierarchies with a custom RouteHandler
Creating a blacklist route constraint
Chapter 4: Master Pages
How to create a master page
Determining the master page in the ActionResult
Controlling which master page is used with a view base class
Setting the master page from a controller base class
Passing data to the master page
Rendering data in a master page from another view
Creating nested master pages
Chapter 5: Working with Data in the View
Reintroducing for and foreach
Handling an array of checkboxes
Handling an array of radio buttons
Working with a pageable set of data
How to navigate sortable data
Deleting a record with an intermediary "Are you sure?" page
Adding a jQuery delete link with confirmation
Master/detail page with inline details via jQuery and a partial view
Creating a master/detail page with modal pop-up and JSON
Chapter 6: Working with Forms
Using HTML helpers to create forms
Building a custom HTML helper to display a WYSIWYG
Centralizing create and edit forms for reuse
Adding custom attributes to form elements
Defining a default button with jQuery
Hijaxing a form with jQuery
Performing an auto post-back with a select list
Autocomplete with jQuery UI
Chapter 7: Simplifying Complex Applications
Centralized formatting of common types with templated helpers
Making templated helpers for custom types
Using areas to separate application components
Creating a "portable area" to use across multiple applications
Using input builders of MvcContrib
Generating forms with Html.InputForm()
Leaving breadcrumbs for your users with MvcSiteMap
Displaying tabular data in a grid
Chapter 8: Validating MVC
Basic input validation
Data annotations
Client-side validation with jQuery
Custom validators
Remote validation with jQuery
Chapter 9: Data Access and Storage
Mocking your data layer with NBuilder
Adding support for LINQ to SQL
Going old school with ADO.NET
XML documents as a data store
Chapter 10: Application, Session, Cookies, and Caching
Keeping track of anonymous visitors versus logged-in users
Maintaining a user's information while at your site
Remembering a previous visitor
Caching your product catalog for faster response times
Using output caching to cache an entire page
Using partial views to cache pieces of a page individually
Exposing an application API to your presentation layer

What You Will Learn

  • Get to grips with views and build view content from the data passed
  • Work with actions and controllers to perform some important tasks such as creating a CAPTCHA system and generating a PDF order summary
  • Get a handle on complex routing issues such as using wild card parameters to support slug URLs
  • Create and use master pages to control application wide formatting
  • Handle the creation of master-detail pages with AJAX modal pop-ups
  • Use templated helpers, model binding, and areas to build large-scale applications with ease
  • Perform various validations to ensure that the data entered is correct
  • Access and store data with the different techniques available in ASP.NET MVC application development
  • Manage the data at the application, site, caching, and cookie level
  • Keep track of the number of visitors and maintain their information while they are at your site

In Detail

ASP.NET MVC, one of the latest web development platforms from Microsoft, brings the power of MVC programming to ASP.NET development. It simplifies the task of application development and maintenance for developers. However, ASP.NET MVC is filled with so many features that developers end up looking for solutions to the many problems that are encountered in their routine development tasks.ASP.NET MVC 2 Cookbook will provide solutions for the very specific problems that are encountered while developing applications with the ASP.NET MVC platform. It consists of many recipes containing step-by-step instructions that guide developers to effectively use the wide array of tools and features of ASP.NET MVC platform for web development

ASP.NET MVC Cookbook is a collection of recipes that will help you to perform your routine development tasks with ease using the ASP.NET MVC platform. In this book you will be walked through the solution to several specific web application development problems. Each recipe will walk you through the creation of a web application, setting up any Visual Studio project requirements, adding in any external tools, and finally the programming steps needed to solve the problem. The focus of the book is to describe the solution from start to finish.

The book starts off with recipes that demonstrate how to work effectively with views and controllers – two of the most important ingredients of the ASP.NET MVC framework. It then gradually moves on to cover many advanced routing techniques. Considering the importance of having a consistent structure to the site, the book contains recipes to show how to build a consistent UI and control its look with master pages. It also contains a chapter that is packed with many recipes that demonstrate how to gain control of data within a view.

As the book progresses through some exciting recipes on performing complex tasks with forms, you will discover how easy it is to work with forms to jazz up the look of your web site. Building large applications with ease is one of the prime features of the MVC model. Therefore, this book also focuses on tools and features that make building large applications easier to manage. As data plays an important role in the MVC architecture, there are ample recipes dedicated to cover data validation, access, and storage techniques. Finally, the book demonstrates how to enhance the user experience of your visitors by controlling the data at the application, session, caching, and cookie level.

By the end of this book, you will have explored a wide array of tools and features available with the ASP.NET MVC platform


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