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Do you use the URL as a navigation aid (aka redirect if URL is incorrect)?

Last updated by Brook Jeynes [SSW] 10 months ago.See history

Figure: Watch the URL working as a navigation aid

MVC gives us great URLs, but you need to help users navigate via the URL. If the user changes a URL, and the route parameters no longer match, you should correct them with a redirect.

public ActionResult Edit(string employeename, int id)
    var model = _repository.GetEmployee(id);

    // check for a parameter match and redirect if incorrect
    if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(employeename) || employeename != model.EmployeeName)
        return RedirectToAction(
            "Edit", new { employeename = model.EmployeeName, id });

    return View(model);

Figure: Good example - The comment says it all Wordpress and Stack Overflow have URL formats that do this very well

Figure: Good example - If the "settimeout-or-setinterval" part of th eURL changes, the page will redirect to the correct location

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