In this article I will provide a short Hello World Tutorial using a small Sample Program example on how to use and develop applications in ASP.Net MVC 5 for the first time.
This article makes use of Visual Studio 2013 for developing the ASP.Net MVC Hello World Tutorial with Sample Program example.
Creating a new ASP.Net MVC 5 Project
Let’s get started with creating your first ASP.Net MVC 5 Project.
1. Open Visual Studio and from Start section click on New Project.
2. From the New Project Dialog window, select ASP.Net Web Application option. Then you need to set a suitable Name for your project and also you can set its Location where you want to create the Project.
3. From the new ASP.Net Project Dialog, select Empty Template and make sure the MVC CheckBox is checked as shown below.
For this sample, you can uncheck the Microsoft Azure’s “Host in the cloud” option.
4. Your first Hello World MVC Project is now ready and you should see the following folders and files in your Solution Explorer window.
Adding Controller to the ASP.Net MVC 5 Project
1. Inside the Solution Explorer window, Right Click on the Controllers folder and then click on Add and then Controller option of the Context Menu.
2. From the Add Scaffold Dialog window, select the “MVC5 Controller – Empty” option and click Add button.
3. You will now be asked to provide a suitable Name to the new Controller.
Once you click add, the following Controller is created. The default Action is “Index”.
Adding View associated with the Controller to the ASP.Net MVC 5 Project
1. Now you will need to Right Click inside the Controller class and click on the Add View option in order to create a View for the Controller.
2. You will need to provide a suitable Name to the View. This article does not use Layout Page and hence the “Use a layout page” CheckBox needs to be kept unchecked.
Once you click Add, the following View is created.
Configuring the Routes
The last important part is to configure the Routes in the RouteConfig.cs file.
1. Open the RouteConfig.cs class from the Solution Explorer window.
2. You will need to make sure that the Controller property is set to “Home” i.e. the Name of the Controller while the Action property is set to “Index” i.e. the Name of the Action method.
3. Now press F5 to run the Application and you should see a blank page in browser.
Displaying a Message from Controller to View in ASP.Net MVC 5 Project
1. Inside the HomeController’s Index method, a ViewBag property named “Message” is set.
2. The ViewBag property is displayed in the View named “Index” as shown below.
3. Now press F5 to run the application and you should see a message displayed on page in browser.