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If your only experience with MVC is through a Model 2 architecture, the ability to implement an MVC architecture in ASP.NET is not immediately apparent. However, ASP not only allows MVC, it encourages it in the way the pattern was originally conceived.

Since the definition of MVC states that the View renders the data from the Model and that the Controller sends user events to the Model, generally from the elements rendered on the view, most could agree that there is a very high natural coupling between the View and the Controller. So, a natural real world implementation of MVC, and indeed what you normally find outside of web applications, is a one to one correspondence between the View and the Controller. However, in a web application, there is a need to not only send data to the model, there is also a need to control which view should render based on the data the model currently contains. A kind of a "View Controller." In some Model 2 implementations, there is a central Controller which we will call the "View Controller." This View Controller delegates form processing to other programming entities and eventually redirects to the appropriate view. JavaBeans in the case of JSP, ActiveX controls in the case of ASP. If you've ever worked with the Struts framework for JSP you are familiar with this model.

Since ASPX pages post back to themselves, we obviously can't use a "View Controller." So, how does one implement the same functionality in .NET? Furthermore, those familiar with Struts will recognize that the ability to loosely couple the views (or controllers) from each other is not available in ASP.NET "out of the box."

The following architecture solves both of these problems.

In a Model 2 architecture using a Central Controller, a delegate pattern is used to control access to the different services, or sub-controllers. You ask for a service and the central controller determines if you should be allowed access to the service and how to implement the service.

In ASP.NET, you generally ask for the service directly. Instead of a service being a sub-controller, it is the main point of entry. What this doesn't offer is a central location for determining if you should have access to the service in the first place, or, any other common processing that should happen in all of the services. However, by having all of your code-behind pages inherit from a common class that is a subclass of System.Web.UI.Page, you can place all of this pre-processing code in the OnLoad() method that you override from the Page class. OnLoad() is call by the framework every time the page is loaded. But before the Page_Load() method is called in your code-behind page. This allows you to verify that the service is allowed and do any redirecting you need to do in one central location, using Server.Transfer(), similar to what a Central Controller would do. I named my View Controller class ViewController.

The second requirement, making the views loosely coupled from each other, requires a bit more work. First, you will need to create an enum in your ViewController class that has an entry that corresponds to each page in your web application. I also added an enum named UNDEFINED. Second, you will need to create a member variable to hold the ID of the page. I initialized mine to UNDEFINED. This gets placed in your ViewController class and is of the type of your enum. Third, you will need to create a property to access this member variable. I've named mine ServiceID. Fourth, create a method in your ViewController named getServicePage() that takes the enum as a parameter and returns a string containing the appropriate aspx file. Finally, in the contructor of each of your code-behind pages, set the ServiceID of the page. Now, anywhere in your code where you are redirecting or linking to an aspx page in your application, you will call the getServicePage() method to retrieve the name of the file to redirect to.

If you've ever refactored your website to the point of renaming web pages, you should immediately see that this will significantly simplify maintenance. If you want to rename an aspx file you now can rename the file and change the lookup in getServicePage and your site should still work. The only problem with this implementation is that there is no good way to enforce it's usage.


With the advent of ASP.NET, many of the hacks we have had in place have been removed. All of the view and controller related code is now in essentially one place instead of two. The defacto standard for writing view based application (MVC) is preserved.

Sample code

The sample code is provided as an illustration of how the architecture could be implemented. While it would be possible to use a configuration file instead of hard coding the getServerPage() information, I've choosen to keep the implementation simple. Comments are include to indicate possible improvements.

About the Author

Dave Bush has over thirteen years experience in IT, with experience in C++, Java, and VB. He has over 9 certifications from BrainBench. His company DMBCLLC can deliver code anywhere in the world. Visit his site at or reach him by email at

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