Chapter 10. Model binders and value providers


This chapter covers
  • Examining model binding
  • Creating a custom model binder
  • Extending value providers


The messaging protocol of the web, HTTP, is decidedly string-centric. Query-string and form values in Web Forms and even classic ASP applications were represented as loosely typed key-value string dictionaries. But with the simplicity of controllers and actions came the ability to treat requests as method calls, and to post variables as parameters to a method. To keep the dictionary abstractions at bay, you need a mechanism to translate string-based input into strongly typed objects. By default, ASP.NET MVC will translate request variables into a format you can easily work with. However, you’ll ...

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