Chapter 4. Controller basics

This chapter covers

  • Understanding the controller anatomy
  • Storyboarding an application
  • Mapping the presentation model
  • Using input from the browser
  • Passing view metadata
  • Testing the controller

The focus of the Model-View-Controller pattern is the controller. With this pattern, every request is handled by a controller and rendered by a view. Without the controller, presentation and business logic would move to the view, as we’ve seen with Web Forms.

With the ASP.NET MVC Framework, every request routes to a controller, which is simply a class that implements the IController interface. Microsoft provides the base class System.Web.Mvc.Controller to make creating a controller easy. Which controller base class you ...

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