ASP.NET MVC - Code Usability Improvement (available now in v2011.1)

ASP.NET Team Blog
15 April 2011

Available now in the DXperience v2011.1 release, we've introduced a useful improvement for working with the DevExpress ASP.NET MVC Extensions that will help improve code usability.

Add Method For Collections

We're adding a useful new overload for our collections' Add methods. So the fluent HTML code in our MVC Extensions that looked like this:

var column = settings.Columns.Add("Total");
column.UnboundType = DevExpress.Data.UnboundColumnType.Decimal;
column.PropertiesEdit.DisplayFormatString = "c";

Will now look like this with v2011 volume 1 release:

settings.Columns.Add(column => { 
    column.FieldName = "Total";
    column.UnboundType = DevExpress.Data.UnboundColumnType.Decimal;
    column.PropertiesEdit.DisplayFormatString = "c";


The benefit for you with the new Add method is that it avoids the var structure and makes your code more readable!

Thanks to a DevExpress customer who asked me during a recent webinar about using more lambda expressions in our MVC extensions.

What do you think of this code improvement? Drop me a line below, thanks!

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