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Returning JSON or HTML from one contoller

Let me set the stage for this post first. Peergroups.be, the sharing economy website I develop for the non-profit WijDelen, is based on ASP.NET MVC. So I have a bunch of Controller classes with methods that end with return View(model);. Our first goal was to have a web application running as quickly as possible. Now […]

Running ASP.NET (not Core) from NPM

I’m currently working on a NodeJS project that makes HTTP calls to an ASP.NET (4.5.1) application. When running locally, I also want to make these calls to my local ASP.NET application. Sometimes, however, I don’t want to start up Visual Studio, open the project, compile, and run. Seeing as this is not ASP.NET Core, I […]

Moving from ES5 to ES2015 in ASP.NET

Have an old(er) ASP.NET project where javascript files put all their functions and variables in the global namespace? Want to move to modern javascript (ES2015) with dynamic module loading? If you don’t know where to begin, this guide might be able to help you. I was facing the same issue in an ASP.NET project (MVC, […]

Testing Knockout with Mocha and without a browser

I’ve recently been adding Knockout to an ASP.NET MVC application. I would consider Knockout a previous-generation solution and would prefer to use a full-fledged SPA framework like Aurelia, but that’s a bit out of scope for the moment. After introducing Knockout, I wanted to add unit tests on my viewmodels with Mocha. I had some […]

ASP.NET, Aurelia and transpiling when building

In one of my previous posts on Aurelia, I set up Aurelia with ASP.NET, using jspm to load my scripts, and Babel to transpile the ES2015/2016 (previously called ES6/7) to ES5. The problem is, this happens on-the-fly. This will reduce the speed of our app, as there is extra processing done when the user requests […]

Aurelia, ASP.NET and server-side templates

Aurelia is a great framework for a SPA, but one thing that is missing, I feel, is getting server-generated templates. By default, Aurelia uses the moduleId to fetch a static HTML file. Take this configuration: router.configure(config => { config.map([ { route: [”,’Welcome’], moduleId: ‘./welcome’ }, { route: [‘About’], moduleId: ‘./about } ]); }); When you […]

Posting to ASP.NET 5 WebAPI Controller from Aurelia

A small post for my own reference, and yours if you need it. It took me a while to get this working. In ASP.NET 5, the WebAPI Controller is no longer the same as the WebAPI 2 Controllers we’re used to. These Controllers are quite specific on how they accept content. Aurelia has an easy […]

Setting up ASP.NET 5 and Aurelia from scratch

Aurelia is Rob Eisenberg’s new framework for SPA’s (single page applications), and I wanted to set it up in combination with ASP.NET. I’m a fan of Angular, but I’ve been watching Aurelia closely too. Angular has a large following, which I find very important, because it guarantees you will have quick and easy support when […]

Angular and ASP.NET MVC: when to use which golden hammer

In my previous post, I outlined how to use ASP.NET MVC and Angular together, making certain views pure MVC and others Angular. When I first used Angular this way, I was so happy, I went the full Angular way making requests from Angular for my data. Essentially, something like this: $http({ method: ‘GET’, url: ‘/api/rest/’ […]

Angular and ASP.NET MVC: now I’ve got two golden hammers!

Angular is a great tool, but it took me some time to find a way to combine it elegantly with ASP.NET MVC. This is basically how I did it. First, create a new ASP.NET MVC application. Next, install the Angular package via NuGet. Now for the customization. The objective is to use the normal ASP.NET […]