Koen about .Net

July 25, 2010

First steps with ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET routes

Filed under: Development — Tags: — koenwillemse @ 00:31

I’ve started working on an ASP.NET MVC 2 project recently and that means that there is a lot of new stuff to learn ;-).

Previous ASP.NET projects I’ve worked on were all based on Webforms and almost all ‘AJAX’ stuff which we used were UpdatePanels and the AJAX Control toolkit. I must say that I start to like ASP.NET MVC better than Webforms. It’s a different way of working, but when you get used to it, it works great. I also started to work with jQuery and it’s actually very easy. It’s a very interesting last few days, that’s for sure.

But the main reason I write this blog post is the routing stuff. I created some routes for my project and it was not working the way I wanted. Strange stuff was happening. Thankfully I remembered the talk of Scott Hanselmann on the DevDays 2010 about ASP.NET MVC. He mentioned the routing debugger written by Phil Haack. I download the dll, added it as a reference, fired up my application and within several minutes I found my problem and fixed it. Very usefull tool, that’s for sure!

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