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Difference between ASP.NET WebForms and ASP.NET MVC

09 Jan 2024
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ASP.NET WebForms Vs.ASP.NET MVC: An Overview

ASP.NET framework is a part of the .net platform for building, deploying, and running web applications. Now, we can develop a web application by using Asp.Net Web Form and Asp.Net MVC. In this article, I am going to expose the main difference between ASP.NET WebForms and ASP.NET MVC.

Difference between ASP.NET MVC and WebForms:
Asp.Net Web Forms
Asp.Net MVC
Asp.Net Web Form follows a traditional event-driven development model.
Asp.Net MVC is lightweight and follows the MVC (Model, View, Controller) pattern-based development, model.
Asp.Net Web Form has server controls.
Asp.Net MVC has HTML helpers.
Asp.Net Web Form supports view state for state management at the client side.
Asp.Net MVC does not support view state.
Asp.Net Web Form has file-based URLs means the file name exist in the URLs must have its physical existence.
Asp.Net MVC has route-based URLs means URLs are divided into controllers and actions and it is based on the controller not on the physical file.
Asp.Net Web Form follows Web Forms Syntax
Asp.Net MVC follows customizable syntax (Razor as default)
In Asp.Net Web Form, Web Forms(ASPX) i.e. views are tightly coupled to Code behind(ASPX.CS) i.e. logic.
In Asp.Net MVC, Views and logic are kept separately.
Asp.Net Web Form has Master Pages for a consistent look and feel.
Asp.Net MVC has Layouts for a consistent look and feel.
Asp.Net Web Form has User Controls for code re-usability.
Asp.Net MVC has Partial Views for code re-usability.
Asp.Net Web Form has built-in data controls and is best for rapid development with powerful data access.
Asp.Net MVC is lightweight, provides full control over markup, and supports many features that allow fast & agile development. Hence it is best for developing an interactive web application with the latest web standards.
Asp.Net Web Form is not Open Source.
Asp.Net Web MVC is an Open Source.

I hope you will enjoy these tricks while programming with MVC Razor. I would like to have feedback from my blog readers. Your valuable feedback, questions, or comments about this article are always welcome.

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Asp.Net Web Form has built-in data controls and best for rapid development with powerful data access. Asp.Net MVC is lightweight, provide full control over markup and support many features that allow fast & agile development
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Shailendra Chauhan (Microsoft MVP, Founder & CEO at Scholarhat by DotNetTricks)

Shailendra Chauhan is the Founder and CEO at ScholarHat by DotNetTricks which is a brand when it comes to e-Learning. He provides training and consultation over an array of technologies like Cloud, .NET, Angular, React, Node, Microservices, Containers and Mobile Apps development. He has been awarded Microsoft MVP 8th time in a row (2016-2023). He has changed many lives with his writings and unique training programs. He has a number of most sought-after books to his name which has helped job aspirants in cracking tough interviews with ease.
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