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Monday, March 23, 2015

ASP.NET MVC : Upgrade ASP.NET MVC 4 to ASP.NET MVC 5 Using NuGet Part 1

In this blog we will go over how to upgrade your existing project which uses ASP.NET MVC 4 to ASP.NET MVC 5 using NuGet.  During the upgrade you will encounter some errors but they are easy enough to fix by changing the Web.Config file.  In the first blog we will create a simple ASP.NET MVC 4 application from scratch.

But first thing is first let's begin by creating a project in ASP.NET MVC 4:

  1. Create a blank solution in Visual Studio call "MVCProjects"
Visual Studio 2013 Create New Blank Solution

2.  Now add a new project to the "MVCProjects" by selecting ASP.NET MVC4, call it "MyMVC4".
Make sure you select Visual C# → Web → Visual Studio 2012 → ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Application, then click "OK"

 ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Application

3. Select the "Empty" template, and "Razor" as the "View Engine", then click "OK"

Razor View Engine

4. Right click on the "Controller" and select "Add" → "Controller"

Razor View Engine

5.  On the "Add Controller" screen type "HomeController" on the "Controller name" text box and select "Empty MVC controller".  We just want to keep things simple for this blog.  Then click "Add"

Empty MVC Controller

6.  You see the "HomeController.cs" class being added to the "Controllers" folder

Home Controller

7.  Double click on the "HomeController.cs" file and you will see the following code

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;

namespace MyMVC4.Controllers
    public class HomeController : Controller
        // GET: /Home/

        public ActionResult Index()
            return View();


8.  Right click on the "Index()" method and select "Add View"

MVC Add View

9.   Uncheck the "Use a layout or master page" checkbox. Accept the default settings, MVC uses conventions so the view has the same name as the method name in the "HomeController.cs" file which is "Index()", then click "Add"

Index View Configuration

10.  In the "Views" folder you see that the "Home" folder has been created with the view "Index.cshtml", the .cshtml extension means that the view uses the C# syntax.

11.  Double click on the view "Index.cshtml" and type "Hello World" between the <div> tag like the markup below

    Layout = null;

<!DOCTYPE html>

    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width" />
        Hello World!

12. Press Ctrl+F5 to run the application, you will see the following.

MVC Browse Index View

In this blog we went over how to create a simple ASP.NET MVC 4 application. In the next part we will go through the steps on how to upgrade your ASP.NET MVC 4 application to ASP.NET MVC 5 using NuGet

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