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Do you use Html Helpers and Partial Views to simplify Views?

Created on 07 Mar 2013 | Last updated by Tiago Araujo on 07 Mar 2013 06:50 PM (about 8 years ago)

Repeated sections of User Interface should be encapsulated in either Html Helpers or Partial Views to avoid repetition.

<div class="featured">
    @if (ViewData.ContainsKey("FeaturedProduct"))
        <span class="ProductName">@ViewBag.FeaturedProduct.Name</span>
        <span class="ProductPrice">@ViewBag.FeaturedProduct.Price</span>

Figure: Bad Example – The above code could be encapsulated into a Partial View for reuse

public static class DateExtensions
    public static MvcHtmlString GetTodayDate(this System.Web.Mvc.HtmlHelper helper)
        return new MvcHtmlString(DateTime.Now.ToShortDateString());

Figure: Good Example – Using an HTML Helper extension method for reusable code


Figure: Good Example – Using a Partial View for reusable sections of UI

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