The ASP.NET MVC Framework is a Microsoft web application framework that implements the model-view-controller (MVC) pattern.

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When to favor ASP.NET WebForms over MVC

I know that Microsoft has said ASP.NET MVC is not a replacement for WebForms. And some developers say WebForms is faster to develop on than MVC. But I believe speed of coding comes down to ...
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What are the definitive guidelines for custom Error Handling in ASP.NET MVC 3?

The process of doing custom error handling in ASP.NET MVC (3 in this case) seems to be incredibly neglected. I've read through the various questions and answers here, on the web, help pages for ...
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Why shouldn't I use the repository pattern with Entity Framework?

During a job interview, I was asked to explain why the repository pattern isn't a good pattern to work with ORMs like Entity Framework. Why is this the case?
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Why does the .Net world seem to embrace magic strings instead of staticly typed alternatives?

So, I work in .Net. I make open source projects in .Net. One of my biggest problems with it isn't necessariyl with .Net, but with the community and frameworks around it. It seems everywhere that ...
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What ASP.NET MVC can do and Ruby on Rails can't? [closed]

ASP.NET MVC and Rails have similar area of use, are built around same architecture, both frameworks are relatively new and open source. So as a Rails programmer I'd like to know, what ASP.NET MVC can ...
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Newbie seeking advice on programming in general [closed]

need some of you to remember back to a time when you might have been bad at programming... Been at my new job (as a software developer) for a couple of months now, passed probation period. Have very ...
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Best Practices for MVC Architecture [closed]

There are a number of questions on Stack Overflow regard MVC best practices, but most of those seem to revolve around things like using Dependency Injection, or creating helper functions, or do's and ...
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Mixing Angular and ASP.NET MVC/Web api?

I come from using ASP.NET MVC/Web API and now I am starting to use Angular but I am not clear on the proper way to mix them. Once I am using Angular does the MVC sever side concepts still provide any ...
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Should we use Entity Framework?

We currently have the following stack : VS 2005 Web forms SQL Server 2005 IIS 6 We are planning on transitioning to this : VS 2010 MVC and Web Forms SQL Server 2008 IIS 7 My question is, when ...
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Why is testing MVC Views frowned upon?

I'm currently setting the groundwork for an ASP.Net MVC application and I'm looking into what sort of unit-tests I should be prepared to write. I've seen in multiple places people essentially saying ...
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What do you do when a client requires Rich Text Editing on their website?

As we all know by now, XSS attacks are dangerous and really easy to pull off. Various frameworks make it easy to encode HTML, like ASP.NET MVC does: <%= Html.Encode("string"); %> But what ...
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Separating data access in ASP.NET MVC

I want to make sure I'm following industry standards and best practices with my first real crack at MVC. In this case, it's ASP.NET MVC, using C#. I will be using Entity Framework 4.1 for my model, ...
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What's the difference between stateful and stateless?

The books and documentation on the MVC just heap on using the Stateful and Stateless terms. To be honest, i am just unable to grab the idea of it, what the books are talking about. They don't give an ...
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ASP.NET MVC vs WCF for REST API + Webpage usage

I think the discussion for programmatic service oriented usage vs human interaction is clear. But if I were to create an application that makes use of both a programmatic API and a website that makes ...
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Is there any real value in unit testing a controller in ASP.NET MVC?

I hope this question gives some interesting answers because it's one that's bugged me for a while. Is there any real value in unit testing a controller in ASP.NET MVC? What I mean by that is, most ...
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How much sense does it make for a veteran .Net developer to move to ROR professionally? [closed]

I consider myself a moderately skilled (definitely not stupid) .Net developer. Over the past 5 years I've been working with ASP.Net, ASP.Net MVC, SharePoint, WPF, Silverlight, RDBMS (SQL Server and ...
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Going back to ASP.Net Webforms from ASP.Net MVC. Recommend patterns/architectures?

To many of you this will sound like a ridiculous question, but I am asking because I have little to no experience with ASP.Net Webforms - I went straight to ASP.Net MVC. I am now working on a ...
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Is it a “pattern smell” to put getters like “FullName” or “FormattedPhoneNumber” in your model?

I'm working on an ASP.NET MVC app, and I've been getting into the habit of putting what seem like helpful and convenient getters into my model/entity classes. For example: public class Member { ...
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How can I convince my company to move to MVC?

I currently write web apps using asp.net web forms and getting my company to move to another technology is like [insert funny line here]. I would really like to start writing apps using MVC, but they ...
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How far to go with unit tests

A question asked many times before but with a specific slant twds mvc development. I've been a very good boy and have been coding all my controller actions with corresponding unit tests which has ...
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Question on design of current pagination implementations

I have checked pagination implementations on asp.net mvc specifically and i really feel that there is something less efficient in implementations. First of all all implementations use pagination ...
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Is it better to have separate Create and Edit actions or combine Create and Edit into one?

We are using ASP.NET MVC 2 with a Controller/View Presentation Layer and Model consisting of A Business Logic Layer, Data Access Layer [Stored Procedures and classes/methods to talk to the stored ...
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Is there a need for a factory class for creating viewmodels?

A colleague of mine suggested using a factory class for creating viewmodel objects in our ASP.NET MVC solutions. The idea being that it can help with the design, and maintainability, of the way ...
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What's the best practice for naming uploaded images?

Suppose I have a form in my web application where users can upload a profile picture. I've got few requirements about file size, dimensions etc, but when the user uploads the image, how should I name ...
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In Unit Testing, why would I create a Repository twice?

The other day I was reading a little about Unit Testing and I saw some examples where people create a repository interface (i.e. IExampleRepository) and then create the real repository (public class ...
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Best open source ASP.NET MVC e-commerce projects [closed]

I need to get a e-commerce site up and running, but I really don't want to program it from the bottom up if I don't need to. I want to program it using ASP.NET MVC. I'm looking for a good open source ...
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Should I be a professional in C# programming in order to build good web applications using ASP.NET?

I do not know if there is special programming in C# for the web or it is the same?. If it is the same then what are the topics that I should focus on in C# in order to use it building web application ...
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Entity Framework Entities - Some Data From Web Service - Best Architecture?

We are currently using Entity Framework as an ORM across a few web applications, and until now, it has suited us well as all our data is stored in a single database. We are using the repository ...
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How should I implement the repository pattern for complex object models?

Our data model has almost 200 classes that can be separated out into about a dozen functional areas. It would have been nice to use domains, but the separation isn't that clean and we can't change it. ...
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Is there a way to visualize an ASP.NET MVC project, ie class diagram but with the web pages too?

Maybe I'm looking for a dependency visualizer/matrix. I'm not sure. I'm just trying to wrap my head around an existing and large web app, and I like pretty pictures. I know of Autodiagrammer but I ...
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How to build a good service layer in ASP.NET?

I have looked through some questions, technologies for building a good service layer but I have some questions regarding this that I need help with. First some information of what I have for ...
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How can open source projects be successful without documentation about their design or architecture?

I want to improve my programming skills by studying famous open source projects, but I find it is easy to get lost by just jumping into their source code. So I decided to read their documentation ...
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What is the standard for modeling modern applications prior to development?

I'm taking on my first enterprise-level application and I want my team to model the entire ASP.NET MVC C# application before we even tap out one line of code. UPDATE: This was not intended to be a ...
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Why should I use List<T> over IEnumerable<T>?

In my ASP.net MVC4 web application I use IEnumerables, trying to follow the mantra to program to the interface, not the implementation. Return IEnumerable(Of Student) vs Return New List(Of ...
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Is Razor or XSLT better for my project? [closed]

I'm in the early stages in the design of a system that will essentially be split into two parts. One part is a service and the other is an interface with the service providing data through something ...
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Unit testing and Test Driven Development questions

I'm working on an ASP.NET MVC website which performs relatively complex calculations as one of its functions. This functionality was developed some time ago (before I started working on the ...
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call a function and never wait for it in C#

I have a controller in my mvc4 web application in which there is an action that needs to call another function. What happens in that function i.e. the return value is not important for my action. How ...
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.NET MVC project architecture / layering

When planning the architecture for a mid-large scale MVC web application how do you implement the layers to be as decoupled as possible and easy to test? (basically follow best practices) Let's say ...
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In ASP.NET MVC3 controllers, where do you instantiate your DataContext?

In your ASP.NET MVC 3 applications that use a DataContext or DbContext, where do you instantiate your data access object? Here is a non-exhaustive list of where I've seen it done: Individually ...
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What is the biggest obstacle ASP.NET MVC ever had for you? Why and how it can be fixed? [closed]

What aspects of ASP.NET MVC can be considered bad practices of Microsoft or problematic? In ASP.NET web forms, thing like ViewState, Automatically generated Id and names, single form usage and pattern ...
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Is it beneficial to have a long-term experience in a specific technology rather than short-term multiple ones?

I am currently working in asp.net and having almost 1 year of experience. Now my company wants to change my technology and wants to put me in mobile development (might be other than .net mobile ...
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MVC Pattern, ViewModels, Location of conversion

I've been working with ASP.Net MVC for around a year now and have created my applications in the following way. X.Web - MVC Application Contains Controller and Views X.Lib - Contains ...
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IValidatableObject vs Single Responsibility

I like the extnesibility point of MVC, allowing view models to implement IValidatableObject, and add custom validation. I try to keep my Controllers lean, having this code be the only validation ...
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PHP framework most similar to ASP.NET MVC3?

I've done a bit of work with CodeIgniter and a lot with straight PHP... I had the opportunity to use asp.net mvc3 recently and was absolutely blown away with my productivity. Despite not "knowing" ...
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How to make an ASP.NET MVC site modular

I'm in the planning stage for an employee intranet system to be built with ASP.NET MVC 4. We'd like the site to consist of separate "modules", each of which provides a different feature: messaging, ...
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Can we develop ASP.NET MVC application with MySQL as the database?

I have mostly seen ASP.NET websites using MSSQL as database. Even I developed one some time ago. Why only MSSQL, when MySQL, a free alternative is available. So, the question is, IS it possible to ...
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How do I make my ASP.NET application take an action based on time?

I have an ASP.NET MVC4 application. Suppose that I wanted to execute some code (such as emailing a user) 2 days after a user has signed up. One way is to have code executed on every request which ...
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Why is using named routes for generating outbound URLs a violation of Separation of Concerns?

What is separation of concerns? In computer science, separation of concerns (SoC) is the process of breaking a computer program into distinct features that overlap in functionality as little ...
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Using Backbone.js with ASP.Net MVC

I'm currently looking into the advantages of using Backbone.js, but I'll be using ASP.Net MVC as the main bulk of the site. My question is, is it worth blending the 2 together or am I making a rod ...
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Refactoring an existing MVC codebase to remove business logic & data access from the Controllers

Product I've inherited has the following composition: MVC web site where the controllers make calls to Repositories to get, insert and update objects retrieved that are defined in the: Data ...