Notes re ASP.NET MVC 5

Checking out ASP.NET-MVC 5 using Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate on Windows 8 x64, I’m seeing the following issues as of 2014-1-21:

1. Right off the bat – a lot of JavaScript runtime errors, with even just the initial skeleton web application that Visual Studio produces. See screenshot – this is from just launching the blank web application using Internet Explorer.

Google does not yield answers for this that I can see – although I do see a couple of complaints by other users. Evidently the consensus is that this can be ignored for now. I don’t find that very satisfying.

2. The Areas feature does not work consistently, or at least – not as advertised within their tutorials (Note: the capitalized “Area” indicates the ASP.NET-MVC feature of that name, as opposed to the generic word “area”). I can reach into an Area by typing the full URL into a browser window including a controller name such as “Home”. For example, I added an Area named “LostAndFound.” I can get to that by typing the URL with the suffix “/Home/LostAndFound/”, but not “/LostAndFound/”. ActionLinks from the main area into a particular Area do not work as claimed – you have to include the full namespaces argument to distinguish them. You cannot have a same-named controller class, contrary to the documentation claim. Google does not yield answers for this that I can see. Solution: Suggest avoid using Areas altogether. If you know the solution for this please leave a comment.

3. Compared to the skeleton web application that Visual Studio 2012 produced for MVC 4, the Images folder has been removed, and the CSS styles for unordered-list with the round graphic images for the list-item numbers – is missing. You can fix this by simply copying these over from another web application that you created for MVC 4, both the Images directory and it’s contents, and the CSS styles from Content/Site.css. I am not seeing any comments on the web as to why this was removed. I rather liked it.

4. Ditto for the aside element styling that had been in Content/Site.css I added that back in. Why was it removed?


About James W Hurst

a professional software designer since the beginning days of the desktop cptr and uC-controlled avionics, I today am focusing on Java, Swift, C# and F# for building mobile and desktop and online applications under Android, Xamarin.Forms, iOS, WPF, and ASP.NET-MVC along with the requisite HTML/CSS/JavaScript/Ajax for web applications. My database expertise has covered a panoply of different database-engines and modeling approaches, and my main area of academic interest is Artificial Intelligence and vision.
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