ASP.NET MVC 4.0 Mobile Template

Microsoft has released the much awaited ASP.NET MVC 4.0 developer preview and there are lots of features bundle with it. One of the greatest features is a mobile website. Yes, Now with ASP.NET MVC 4.0 you can create mobile site also. So let’s create a simple application and let’s see how it works.

To create mobile site first you need to click File->New Project->ASP.NET MVC 4.0 Web application. Like following.

Hello world ASP.NET MVC 4.0 Mobile site-www.dotnetjalps.com

Now once you click OK it will open a new another dialog like following where we have to choose the Mobile site.

Mobile Application with asp.net mvc 4.0-www.dotnetjalps.com

As you can see in above post I have selected Razor view Once you click it will create a new application like following. As you can see similar structure as normal MVC Application application below.

ASP.NET MVC 4.0 Mobile Structure-http://www.dotnetjalps.com

This view are based on the standard jQuery Mobile. So this can be viewed in any tablet or mobile device. So if you have IPad and IPhone both then it will work on both. You need not to different application for both. see the browser first I have selected standard IPad size of browser.

Ipad

Now lets see how it look in mobile. So I have made my browser same site as mobile. As you can see its working in both.

Mobile View with ASP.NET MVC 4.0-http://www.dotnetjalps.com

If you see the code of view you can see the razor syntax over there. Nothing change in razor syntax. But as you can see in below code you need to use Jquery mobile attributes like data-Role and other stuff which will convert standard HTML into mobile or device compatible website.

<ul data-role="listview" data-inset="true">
<li data-role="list-divider">Navigation</li>
<li>@Html.ActionLink("About", "About", "Home")</li>
<li>@Html.ActionLink("Contact", "Contact", "Home")</li>
</ul>

That's it. It’s very easy you can create mobile compatible site in few hours. Hope you like it. Stay tuned for more.. Till then happy programming.

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