Benefits of the Microsoft MVC5 Update

December 22, 2014 at 10:33 am | Posted in Microsoft | 5 Comments
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The Microsoft ASP.NET MVC5 is the latest upgrade in the MVC family of development products. The sleek, seamless, platform-friendly design gives additional flexibility to developers as applications are created. When ASP.NET MVC5 is used with Visual Studio 13 as part of an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) pattern-based structure, the developer can produce the application with ease.  MVC5 allows you to use its toolbar for greater accessibility to commands as you build application templates. The toolbar includes new options that make the command options simpler to find.  For example, instead of going to the Start page to create a new project, you will find the New Project option under the File menu, which is comparable to the design and functionality of the Microsoft Word toolbar.

New User Ease

Because of the new toolbar addition and the user-friendly pattern-based design, MVC 5 enables new developers to quickly master the templates. Controllers, Models, and Views are found within a short time after starting the application due to the ease of navigation with this enhanced version of MVC. The expanded framework functions allow users to easily look up and locate information without having to delve too far into the application’s architecture for initial design build, setup, and save information.

More Great New Features

You can gain additional support when using views. In MVC5, versioning, header-based route choices, and constraint backing are innovative features now supported by customizable attribute routing.  The @Html.EnumDropDownListFor() is a new helper method that should be applied similarly to other HTML helpers.  However, the expression must be able to assess an enum type or in cases where there is a Nullable<T> whenever T is an enum type. When you are required to manipulate a select list before calling, you can incorporate the new EnumHelper.GetSelectList() method. Developers can also use the method to display names that will appear when using @Html.EnumDropDownListFor().

As a developer, you can use unobtrusive validation to handle properties for client-side validation.  This feature aids developers as it relates to the attributes of properties that include MinLength and MaxLength. This context is now maintained in an Unobtrusive Ajax. OnBegin, OnComplete, OnFailure, and OnSuccess are callback functions that are able to find the invoking element through this context.

Developer Challenges

One noted change is that ASP.NET MVC5 will show ambiguities as it employs attribute routing matches. This will lead to a reported error instead of selecting the first available match.  Limitations on attribute routes use as applied to actions include the prohibition of controller use and action parameters.

Secure Connectivity  

Moreover, MVC 5 boosts its attractiveness to users by providing the developer with the ability to build and apply social media-friendly website connectivity securely using an ASP.NET MVC 5 web app.  Currently an ASP.NET MVC 5 secure web app can be created by developers to support users so that they may log in with credentials from Facebook and Google. As with all software applications, it is necessary on occasion to ensure that known bugs are repaired.  The current upgrades are package versions 5.1.0 and 5.1.1.

Flexibility, accessibility, user-friendliness, and secure connectivity are all advantages for developers who take the plunge and upgrade to ASP.NET MVC5.


Until next time!
–Shahara Ruth





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  1. Hi Shahara – Any word on when you guys will have the practice test for 70-486 Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications ready?


    • Hello Jon!

      Thank you for asking. The 70-486 Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications practice test will be released in January 2015.


    • Jon, that test was released today! Here’s the link:

      • Awesome! I’ll buy it and report back… :)

        Of course the next question is – Is the MS 70-487 exam the next test in queue for the .Net track?


        • Yes Jon! As a matter of fact we are working on it as we speak. I will keep you posted! Thanks for using our products!

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