Chapter 14. Third-party components


This chapter covers
  • Learning about NuGet
  • Using ASP.NET Web Helpers
  • Exploring advanced MvcContrib Grid techniques


The ASP.NET MVC Framework provides a lot of control over rendering HTML out of the box, but that comes at a cost. The HTML helpers are basic and provide simple UI elements, leaving it up to you to handcraft nice UIs using HTML and CSS. Although that’s a great option for an experienced web designer, most developers find relying on a third-party component to be much more productive. Doing so allows you to develop your application rather than spend lots of time on UI infrastructure.

This chapter will demonstrate two third-party components (MvcContrib Grid and Microsoft Web Helpers) that offer ...

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