Microsoft has released the latest version of this framework as MVC5 now, with new features and enhancing existing features as well. For an overview of New Features in ASP.NET MVC5 and a good comparison with earlier versions. please Click Here.Let’s understand a bit about MVC i.e. Model, View and Controller here but in order to get understanding of pre-requisite concepts in more detail, please read through ASP.NET MVC FAQs.
- Model:- a representation of our data structure in a data source e.g. database.
- View:- a user interface for model that is presented to end-user.
- Controller:- Translating input from a user to an action on model and preparing appropriate view in response.
For the purpose of implementation, I am going to use Visual Studio Express 2013 for Web. You can easily download it from Microsoft at following URL.
- Creating MVC5 project in VS 2013
- Preparing a Model
- Add a Controller
- Add simple View
- Open Visual Studio Express 2013 for Web and create “New Project” as “File –> New Project.
- Choose “ASP.NET Web Application” template as shown in following figure. Name the project as “MyFirstMVC5App”, choose location and press “OK” button.
- In next dialog, choose “MVC” as template and again press “OK” button.
- A new ASP.NET MVC 5 project will be created as follows. You can easily find the “Controllers”, “Models” and “Views” folder in solution explorer.
2. Preparing a Model
- In order to prepare a model, right click on “Models” folder and choose “Add”, then “Class”.
- Name the class as “Employee.cs”.
- As we discussed earlier that “Model” is the representation of data structure in our Data Source, so you can assume this “Employee” class represents an Employee table in our database with columns as “EmpID”, “EmpFirstName”, “EmpLastName” and so on.
3. Add a Controller
- To add a controller to our project, right click on “Controllers” folder, choose “Add”, then “Controller”.
- From “Add Scaffold” dialog, choose “MVC 5 Controller – Empty” and press “Add” button as follows:
- Name the controller as “EmployeeController” in next dialog and press “Add”. A new controller will be added to “Controllers” folder. Controller code generated will be as follows:
There are few important things need to understand here:
- EmployeeController inheriting from base Controller class has a method named Index(). This Index() method will be the default method called when accessing this controller as (http://localhost:xxxx/Employee/).
- In order to generate HTML response, above Index() method uses a view template i.e. represented in code as “return View();”
- As we create a controller, a new folder will be created under “Views” named as “Employee”.
4. Add a View
- Finally for adding a view, right click on newly created “Employee” folder under views, choose “Add”, then “MVC 5 View Page (Razor)”. Specify the name for the view “Index” as follows:
- A new file with the name “Index.cshtml” will be added under “Views->Employee” folder. I have added meaningful some text to this page as shown in below figure.