ASP.Net MVC Framework – List and Save data

Today I came across this blog article by Fredrik Normen in which he describes how to list and save data in new MVC Framework.

Here is his part of his post:

When building application today (X)HTML-based web interfaced is often used as the front-end choice today. Several companies used Microsoft SharePoint or other web-based portals solutions as intranet; we have several public applications which are web based. Enterprise applications continue to adopt web-based user interfaces, and this will unlikely change in the near future. A web-based user interface can today target almost any platform, and the deployment of web-based application is much easier than a desktop application that needs to be installed on every client. It’s easier to brand a web application than a desktop application like a Windows Form. A web based application will not take up to much resource on the client’s computer. But there are some challenges also.

The Request-Response paradigm can complicate interactions that would be simple in traditional UI. For example if we have a Windows application we can simply hold the state, HTTP is a stateless protocol which will complicate state management. A web applications user interface today can also be complex, often produced by tools like DreamWeaver and “probably” FrontPage 😉 The applications also often use client-side JavaScript. Some content can be hard to be edited by a .Net developer. But for a designer and of course some developers it’s easy to change the user interface, and often a web applications user interface will be changed. This requires a clean separation of presentation from business logic.
With the ASP.Net MVC Framework we will have separation of concerns. We separate the presentation from the business logic. The MVC is an abbreviation of Model View Controller, where the Controller objects accept user input and invoke business logic to create and update model objects. The Model object has the responsibility to provide the data to display; the model is a contract between controller and view. The View objects are responsible to display the Model, as provided by the controller that invokes it. By using the ASP.Net MVC Framework we will have more control over the HTML (a cleaner HTML page), we will have a controller separated from the View. By having this separation developers can create controllers and use unit-testing or TDD without knowing anything about how the model should be presented. The designer of the User Interface doesn’t need to know about the controller, only what data that should be displayed and sent back during a POST. The three parts in the MVC pattern, the View, Controller and Model can be implemented by three different developers and designer at the same. TDD can be applied when creating the Controllers and also the Model, this because of the separations and the possibility to create mock objects. The MVC Framework works against interface so we have interfaces for everything so we can easy create our mocks and test our controllers without needing to know about the View. We can also mock the Model.

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