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I've found a single-page MVC app usually contains more than single-page, and most websites are more than 1 page.

A single-page web app can contain

  • One or more css pages - these pages provide a way to store the formatting for multiple pages in one external file.

  • Several js and lib pages

  • A HomeController.cs

  • A Model.cs - a regular C# class that stores a model of the data for a page.

  • A HomeIndex.cshtml - a Razor page. 

  • A Shared _Layout.cshtml - this file stores HTML elements that are common to all pages. It's a great way to cut down coding.

  • Maybe a _ViewImports.cshtml - a Razor page that makes it easier to work with models and tag helpers.

  • Perhaps a _ViewStart,cshtml

  • An appsettings.json page - a great place to hold the connection string if connecting to a data server such as SQL.

  • A program.cs page - this file sets up the app, including defining the Startup.cs file.

  • And finally a startup.cs page - contains the code that configures the middleware for the HTTP request pipeline.

I'm going to start with the controller, which is a C# class that inherits from the Controller class that's available from MS.AspNetCore.Mvc namespace.

Most controllers have a method that runs in response to HTTP action verbs such as GET or POST. For example, the Index method (which is highlighted) from a GET is setting a ViewBag property to 0, then returns a View result.

As pages get larger then I try to stay away from using ViewBag, but for smaller websites it's usually fine to use sparingly.

Next I'll discuss the Razor View.

  • A Razor view contains both C# and HTML. That's why it's file extension is .cshtml.

  • In Core MVC, the Razor view engine user server-side code to embed C# code.

  • To execute one or more C# statements, I can declare a Razor code block by coding the @ sign followed by a pair of curly braces {}.

  • To evaluate a C# expression and display its result, I can code a Razor expression by coding the @ sign and then coding the expression.

using FutureValue.Models;
using Microsoft.AspNetCore.Mvc;
using Microsoft.Extensions.Logging;
using System.Diagnostics;


namespace FutureValue.Controllers
    public class HomeController : Controller

        public IActionResult Index()
            ViewBag.FV = 0;
            return View();

        public IActionResult Index(FutureValueModel model)
            if (ModelState.IsValid)
                ViewBag.FV = model.CalculateFutureValue();
                ViewBag.FV = 0;
            return View(model);

A Razor view contains both C# and HTML code, which is where the file extension comes from.

The @model tells me this a strongly typed view from the model, FutureValueModel.

This code setup the POST back method using a Submit button.

@model FutureValueModel
    ViewBag.Title = "Future Value Calculator";

<div class="row">
  <div class="col offest-sm-3 pl-0">
    <button type="submit" class="btn btn-                primary>Calculate</button>
    <a asp-action="Index" class="btn btn-outline-secondary">Clear</a>

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