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IronJSMVC: Script ASP.NET MVC in JavaScript using IronJS

Personally, I enjoy writing much of my applications using a statically typed language such as C#. However, I would really prefer to be able to write UI logic and script certain parts of my applications using a dynamic language if I could. I was thinking about this and the following question came to mind: What would it be like to write an ASP.NET MVC application entirely using JavaScript? So I thought I’d work up a prototype using IronJS (a javascript implementation for the .NET DLR.) Download... [More]

ASP.NET MVC Themes: 3 different theming methods

There really isn’t a single “one size fits all” solution to theming an ASP.NET MVC web application. From my experience working with the platform, there are really 3 different methods that can be used to theme your apps. Here they are in no particular order: 1. CSS Stylesheet This is the simplest and pretty much standard method that’s used to theme an ASP.NET MVC web application. Basically, you just create a different version of your sites CSS file for each “theme.” Then you include the approp... [More]

MvcXaml - Images from XAML within ASP.NET MVC Application

It can be cumbersome using GDI+ to dynamically generate images based on data. I recently had to perform some dynamic image generation within an ASP.NET MVC application, and had the idea of using XAML to define what the image will look like. In a relatively short amount of time, including searching the web and looking at Anoop Madhusudanan’s example, I successfully put together a proper ASP.NET MVC ViewEngine to perform this task. Download MvcXaml with Samples! Basics of Usage After you regi... [More]

HTML5 Day 4: Add Drop Down Menu to ASP.NET MVC HTML5 Template using CSS and jQuery

Today I was playing around with using jQuery to create a drop down menu. I thought I’d share an example of adding a drop down menu to the new ASP.NET MVC HTML5 Template that I created on Day 2. Before we begin, you’ll need to create a new site using the code from Day 2. You can either copy/paste the code from the article, or download the full source code. You’ll find the download link at the bottom of the post for Day 2. Here’s a screenshot of the finished dropdown menu: ... [More]

HTML5 Day 2: Upgrade ASP.NET MVC 2 Site Template to HTML5

Since HTML5 can be used in older browsers with some helper scripts, as covered in Day 1, I thought I’d use what I’ve learned to convert the default ASP.NET MVC 2 site template to HTML5. Convert Default ASP.NET MVC Site Template to HTML5 First, add the helper scripts, mentioned in Day 1, to the Site.Master and convert all magical DIVs over to “header”, “section”, “nav” and “footer” tags. Don’t worry about copy/paste, a download lin... [More]

MvcMaps Preview 1 – A Unified Bing/Google Maps API for ASP.NET MVC

I spent some time lately working on bringing some of the concepts of Web.Maps.VE to ASP.NET MVC. The concepts I’m referring to are Simplicity and Ease of Development in making the implementation of mapping within ASP.NET MVC applications as simple as possible along with the Flexibility and Customizability of the Base Mapping API itself. Then I thought, Since I’m building an abstraction layer to simplify Bing Maps development, why not implement it in a flexible manor as to be able to ... [More]

A Simple ScriptManager for ASP.NET MVC

The ASP.NET AJAX ScriptManager makes it really easy to include JavaScript references and register JavaScript blocks into the rendered Page output of an ASP.NET WebForms application. However nice the ScriptManager control is, it’s still just a WebForms control for use with ASP.NET AJAX; thus it’s use isn’t really supported with ASP.NET MVC. Also, to make things just a little more difficult, ASP.NET MVC doesn’t have it’s own “ScriptManager” implementation.... [More]

Prototype of VEToolkit + ASP.NET MVC 1.0 Component Checked In

I just checked in an initial prototype of a reusable Virtual Earth component for ASP.NET MVC. The “VEToolkit.Web.MVC.Map” component is written as an Extension to the ASP.NET MVC AjaxHelper class, and allows for a simpler experience when implementing Virtual Earth mapping within ASP.NET MVC applications. This is an early prototype of what the component will be; it’s not a final release; but you are free to use it. Download the latest Change Set of VEToolkit The code is subject to change at any ... [More]