Dissecting Routing Inside the ASP.NET Framework

The ASP.NET Routing Framework allows developers to decouple the URL of a resource from the physical file on the web server. Specifically, the ASP.NET developer defines routing rules, which map URL patterns to a class or ASP.NET page that generates the content. For instance, you could create a URL pattern of the form Categories/CategoryName and map it to the ASP.NET page ShowCategoryDetails.aspx; the ShowCategoryDetails.aspx page would display details about the category CategoryName. With such a mapping, users could view category about the Beverages category by visiting www.yoursite.com/Categories/Beverages. In short, ASP.NET Routing allows for readable, SEO-friendly URLs.

ASP.NET Routing was first introduced in the ASP.NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and was enhanced further in ASP.NET Framework 4.0. ASP.NET Routing is a key component of ASP.NET MVC, but can also be used with Web Forms. Two previous articles here on 4Guys showed how to get started using ASP.NET Routing: Using ASP.NET Routing Without ASP.NET MVC and URL Routing in ASP.NET 4.0.

This article aims to explore ASP.NET Routing in greater depth. We'll explore how ASP.NET Routing works underneath the covers to decode a URL pattern and hand it off the the appropriate class or ASP.NET page. Read the entire article, Dissecting Routing using the ASP.NET Framework here.

Related Articles



About the Author

Scott Mitchell

Scott Mitchell is the Editor, founder, and primary contributor to 4GuysFromRolla.com. In addition to founding 4GuysFromRolla.com, Scott also created ASPFAQs.com and ASPMessageboard.com. He works as a freelance writer, trainer, and consultant and resides in California.

Comments

  • There are no comments yet. Be the first to comment!

Leave a Comment
  • Your email address will not be published. All fields are required.

Top White Papers and Webcasts

  • Live Event Date: April 22, 2014 @ 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT Database professionals — whether developers or DBAs — can often save valuable time by learning to get the most from their new or existing productivity tools. Whether you're responsible for managing database projects, performing database health checks and reporting, analyzing code, or measuring software engineering metrics, it's likely you're not taking advantage of some of the lesser-known features of Toad from Dell. Attend this live …

  • Confused by all the agile advice? Relax! With the Agile for Dummies eBook by your side you'll learn the fundamentals of agile and how to increase the productivity of your software teams while enabling them to produce higher-quality solutions that better fulfill customer needs much faster.

Most Popular Programming Stories

More for Developers

Latest Developer Headlines

RSS Feeds