In this article we will see how
the ASP.Net MVC application executes. In the previous
article2 we saw what MVC is. How is it different from ASP.Net? What is
ASP.Net MVC? In this article we will see how the ASP.Net MVC application
execution is going on.
From the last two articles you have some basic idea about what MVC is, and
differences between MVC and ASP.Net. This article will demonstrate the steps involved
in the ASP.Net MVC application execution process. In part 2 we saw that the request is
first arriving at the controller, then the model will be prepared and finally the view is
given as a response to the user but the actual flow is something different. So take a
look at the following diagram to see the basic steps involved in ASP.Net MVC
From the given diagram it is clear to you how the ASP.Net MVC application execution occurs. In the above diagram you see that first when the request comes from the user
it's going to the global.asax file as all we know. When our application begins execution it first invokes the Application_Start event in the Global.asax file.
In this Application_Start Event, only the routing table will perform the activity
of mapping the user requested url with the application. After performing the routing,
finally the request goes to the controller. We will
explore more about the ASP.Net MVC routing in the next article. So I'm leaving it here to describe the ASP.Net MVC
When the request arrives at the controller, it's defined by routing only; e.g. in our
application there are many controllers so routing will map exact controller and
the exact method of controller to be executed. Details about the controller you can
find in my
first article. This controller only will prepare the model and return the
view to the user as a response.
Model is nothing but preparation of data e.g. populating data from database or
some business logic or some data access. About model my
first article will describe very well. Controller can return view without
model or with model also. Controller is the thing in ASP.Net MVC which can
perform so many actions like which model to prepare? What exactly user wants?
And which view should be return to user? All is defined in controller only.
Finally the view i.e. user interface or designed screen for the user as a
response is sent back to the user. About the view you can read more in my
In this way the ASP.Net MVC
application execution occurs. In my next article we will see what ASP.Net MVC routing is. So keep reading.