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4143. ASP.NET MVC 4 Using C#

Rev. 4.5


This course provides a practical hands-on introduction to developing Web applications using ASP.NET MVC 4 and C#. This new Web development framework from Microsoft emphasizes separation of concerns in the architecture and testability of applications. The course includes important newer features in MVC such as the Razor View Engine, scaffolding and Web API.


The course covers the fundamentals of the Model-View-Controller design pattern and its implementation in ASP.NET MVC. This technology is compared with classical ASP.NET Web Forms. The two technologies share a common ASP.NET infrastructure. Visual Studio 2012 with .NET 4.5 is used as a productive platform for creating ASP.NET MVC applications. After presenting the fundamentals of the technology with several examples, the main components of Model, Controller and View are covered in detail. The discussion of the Model incorporates modern Microsoft data access technologies, including LINQ and ADO.NET Entity Framework 5. The routing mechanism of ASP.NET MVC is covered. The course introduces automated unit testing of Web applications, one of the chief advantages of the new technology. Security is covered, with some hands-on illustrations of attacks and defenses against them. The course includes a discussion of how ASP.NET MVC and Web Forms can be used together in the same application. The course concludes with an introduction to ASP.NET Web API. Appendices cover scaffolding, code first data modeling, and deployment on IIS 7.5


Numerous programming examples and exercises are provided. The student will receive a comprehensive set of notes and all the programming examples.




         Gain a thorough understanding of the philosophy and architecture of Web applications using ASP.NET MVC

         Acquire a working knowledge of Web application development using ASP.NET MVC 4 and Visual Studio 2012

         Access databases using ADO.NET, LINQ, and Entity Framework 5

         Perform automated testing of Web applications created using ASP.NET MVC

         Implement security in ASP.NET MVC applications

         Combine ASP.NET MVC and Web Forms when appropriate

         Create HTTP services using ASP.NET Web API


Duration: 3 days


Prerequisites: The student should have a good working knowledge of C# and the .NET Framework. Basic knowledge of ASP.NET and HTML is also required.


1.      Introduction to ASP.NET MVC

Review of ASP.NET Web Forms

Advantages and Disadvantages of Web Forms

Model-View-Controller Pattern


Advantages and Disadvantages of ASP.NET MVC

Unit Testing


2.      Getting Started with ASP.NET MVC

Installing ASP.NET MVC

Using Visual Studio

Hello World for ASP.NET MVC

Rendering Views

Dynamic Output


3.      ASP.NET MVC Architecture

The Controller in ASP.NET MVC

The View in ASP.NET MVC

The Model in ASP.NET MVC

Helper Methods for HTML

Form Submission

Model Binding

Input Validation


4.      The Model

Microsoft Technologies for the Model



ADO.NET Entity Framework 5

NuGet Package Manager


5.      The Controller

IController Interface

Controller Base Class


Retrieving Data from a Request

Action Results

Action Attributes


Asynchronous Controllers


6.      The View

View Responsibility

Using ViewData

Loosely-Typed Views

Strongly-Typed Views

Using Dynamic Objects

Html Helpers

Razor View Engine

Using ViewBag

Validation Attributes


7.      Routing

Routing in ASP.NET MVC

Properties of Routes

Parameters in Routing

Registering Routes

Debugging Routes



8.      Unit Testing

Test-Driven Development

Test Automation



Test Cases

Test Classes

Test Runners

Testing ASP.NET MVC Applications

Dependency Injection

Mocking Frameworks

Inversion of Control Containers


9.      Security

Input Forgery

Cross-Site Scripting

Session Hijacking

Cross-site Request Forgery

SQL Injection

Using the MVC Framework Securely


10. Combining ASP.NET MVC and Web Forms

Using Web Forms in an MVC Application

Using MVC in a Web Forms Application




Representational State Transfer

REST and Web API

HTTP Services Using Web API

Using Fiddler

CRUD Operations

Web API Clients


Appendix A. Learning Resources


Appendix B. Databases via Scaffolding and Code First



Code First Data Modeling


Appendix C. Deployment in IIS 7.5


IIS 7.5

MVC with IIS 7.5

XCOPY Deployment


System Requirements


Required software is Visual Studio 2012, which includes the LocalDB version of SQL Server. The preferred operating system is Windows 7. Several free tools are also used. These can all be downloaded from the Web. See the course Setup Notes for details.


A good minimal hardware profile for this course would have a 1.8 GHz or equivalent CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and at least 10 GB of free disk space for tools installation and courseware.