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5 Things to Consider While Developing ASP.NET Web Forms Applications

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5 Things to Consider While Developing ASP.NET Web Forms Applications

Thinking of migrating your ASP.NET application to MVC? Follow these guidelines on using Web APIs, class libraries, and web form applications.

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Nowadays, most of the developers in different parts of the world consider using The Official Microsoft ASP.NET Site MVC for creating different types of web applications. But have you ever wondered how to handle a situation in which you have developed your new projects using Web Forms, and then at a later stage, you are asked to switch over to MVC? This can certainly be a very stressful job for a developer who is new to the profession. Below are some important guidelines that will help you in handling this dreadful situation in a smart way.

Make Sure to Use a Web API in Web Form Applications

This is certainly the first and foremost important point that you must consider while building a Web Form application. Web API is one of the ideal platforms that will help you in building adaptable Web Form applications on the .NET Framework. Professional developers use Web API while building Web Form applications because it can be easily reused in creating MVC applications.

Consider Using Class Libraries While Coding

With the evolution of the ASP.NET framework, it has been found that class libraries are certainly the best option for coding because they are independent of any user interface. Besides this, it has been found that isolating most of the code in class libraries will help in migrating to MVC applications in the future in an easier and smart way.

Do Not Use Features Specific to Web Forms

This is also an important guideline that will help you in migrating to MVC in a stress-free way. Since there are various unique features that are specific to Web Form applications, you will certainly face lots of difficulties while migrating to MVC.

Make a Habit of Creating Reusable UI With User Controls

While developing web form applications, you only have two options for creating the UI: Custom Server Controls and Web User Controls. For instance, if you wish to give a vivid look to the web form application then you must have considered using Custom Server Controls but at a later stage, it will not be easier for you to reuse the same controls in MVC. In order to get rid of this situation, it will be wise for you to choose Web User Controls while creating web forms and thereby get the opportunity to switch over to MVC in a smart and convenient way.

Think of MVC Design Patterns When Creating Web Forms

You must be thinking that it’s just a waste of time to think about MVC design patterns while creating web forms, but actually, SOC - or Separation of Concern - which is implemented in MVC can also be easily enforced in web forms, and thereby it will be easier for you to migrate to an MVC platform at a later stage. It will be wise for you to get accustomed to both web forms and MVC applications in order to get rid of the stressful situation of switching over at a later stage.

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asp.net ,app development ,web forms ,web applications ,web dev

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