Building ASP.NET MVC 4 application with JQuery Mobile, HTML5 , CSS3 Media Queries in Visual Studio 2011 Developers Preview


Developing MVC 4 applications with Visual Studio 2011 Developers Preview is quite jump-start for developers as it has inbuilt support for JQuery Mobile css & javascripts, nice intellisense for HTML 5 , CSS 3 media queries. MVC 4 developers preview was built keeping in mind the Mobile Web Developers who wants keen support of rich MVC in Mobile Web.

  • Lets jump start to develop MVC 4 mobile application with JQuery Mobile, HTML5, CSS3 in VS 2011 developers preview.

  • Select your MVC 4 application domain either Internet/Intranet/Mobile Web application  with default Razor or ASPX syntaxes. For my demo , selected Mobile Web application in VS 2011 Developer Preview.

  • Next, write some JQuery Mobile application code to check th UI view in SmartPhones while Model & Controller logic remains same & could change according to business requirements.
  • Database -> Entity Framework (EF) -> Model in MVC 4(Entities) (DAL)-> Controllers (Business Logic Layer)(BLL) -> View(s) -> Master(_Layout.cshtml) is the default development path in MVC 4 Web & mobile application.
  • Sample code for JQuery Mobile with HTML5 for MVC 4 in VS 2011:

@{

ViewBag.Title = “Navigation”;

Layout = “~/Views/Shared/_Layout.cshtml”;

}

<h2>Navigation</h2>

<section id=”page1″data-role=”page”>

<header data-role=”header”>

<h1>JQuery Mobile with ASP.NET MVC 4</h1>

<nav data-role=”navbar”>

<ul>

<li><a href=”#”class=”ui-btn-active”>First</a></li>

<li><a href=”#”>Second</a></li>

<li><a href=”#”>Third</a></li>

<li><a href=”#”>Fourth</a></li>

<li><a href=”#”>Fifth</a></li>

</ul>

</nav>

</header>

<div class=”content”data-role=”content”>

<h3>Sample MVC 4 HTML 5 JQuery Mobile</h3>

</div>

<footer data-role=”footer”>

<h3>Footer</h3>

</footer>

</section>

  • Next , Check the nice intellisense support for HTML5 , JQuery Mobile in Visual Studio 2011 Developer Preview.

  • Check out the MVC 4 Mobile Web applications with JQuery Mobile , HTML5 , CSS 3 media queries in Smart Devices.
  •  iPhone & iPad:

 

  • iPhone:

  • JQuery Mobile View in iPhone of MVC 4 Mobile application:

  • View in Windows Phone 7.1 Mango:

  • BlackBerry 9800:

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Building RhoMobile MVC application with HTML 5 , JQuery for iPhone,iPad, Windows Phone, Android,BlackBerry


RhoMobile is an alternative native application environment for smartphones other than PhoneGap. To build applications with RhoMobile , you need to download RhStudio from http://rhomobile.com/products/rhostudio/ & choose your appropriate version for Windows or Mac.

  • Next to create smartphone applications with Rhomobile, you need to install Rhodes , RhoSync, RhoConnect , Gits. The four Rhomobile products – Rhodes, Rhosync, RhoHub, and Rhogallery – provide a complete toolkit for creating a mobile application. Rhomobile is cross-platform and so allows you to build your application for many different types of smartphone – including iPhone and Blackberry – just with a single codebase. This makes it the most preferred and quickest way of developing mobile apps. As you create a native Rhomobile application, you can use the built-in device features such as GPS, Push, and Camera, all with offline capabilities.
  • Select File-> New Project-> Rhodes Application-> Select your Project name.

  •  Set out the Rhodes Model of the application by right clicking on the project of the Project Explorer & Select Rhodes Model. Provide Name & Controllers.

  • Next , you will find three types files inside the app folder of your project & after setting the Models , a seperate folder named as your Model name will be created.
  • The files created as default are basically of  three types :
  • product.erb -> This is the Model file, which contains the Model Definition.
  • product_controller.rb -> This file contains the business logic relates to our Model.
  • *.erb-> The .erb files are the html view template files.
  • Lets the controller view of Rhodes Views for smartphones:

  • Lets  edit the Views as ‘Index.erb’ in HTML 5 for Rhodes application for smartdevices.

<div data-role=“page” data-url=“<%=Rho::RhoConfig.start_path%>/”>

  <div data-role=“header” data-position=“inline”>

    <h1>Storemanager</h1>

    <%if SyncEngine::logged_in > 0 %>

    <a href=“<%=url_for:controller=>:Settings,:action=>:do_sync%>”class=“ui-btn-left” data-icon=“refresh”>

      Sync

    </a>

    <a href=“<%=url_for:controller=>:Settings,:action=>:logout%>”class=“ui-btn-right” data-icon=“star”>

    Logout

  </a>

    <%else %>

        <a href=“<%=url_for:controller=>:Settings,:action=>:login%>”class=“ui-btn-right” data-icon=“star”>Login</a>

    <%end%>

</div>

  <div data-role=“content”>

    <ul data-role=“listview”>

      <li><a href=“Product”>

      <span class=“title”>Products </span>

      </a></li>

    </ul>

  </div>

</div>

    • Run the Project by right clicking project -> Run Configuration -> Right Click on RhodesMobile-> Select New -> Select your simulator Environment.

  • Select your RhoMobile Simulator as iPhone & check the application output native iPhone platform.

  • Web – Inspector View for HTML 5 , JQuery Mobile Codes.

  • Products Sample Entry Screen with MVC HTML 5 , JQuery Mobile in iPhone.

    • Check the Project View in Android Platform:

  • Product Samples Screen in Android:

    • Windows Mobile View for RhoMobile :

Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8


The Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 is released to make development easy for Windows Metro style application that can harness the power of Windows Azure Compute and Storage. The template is based on Windows Push Notification services existing with Windows Phone 7 applications.

Technologies:

  • ASP.NET MVC 3
  • Windows Azure SDK 1.4.1 Refresh
  • Windows Metro style Javascript application project

The process of sending a notification requires few steps:

  1. Request a channel. Utilize the WinRT API to request a Channel Uri from WNS. The Channel Uri will be the unique identifier you use to send notifications to an application instance.
  2. Register the channel with your Windows Azure cloud services. Once you have your channel you can then store your channel and associate it with any application specific data (e.g user profiles and such) until your services decide that it’s time to send a notification to the given channel
  3. Authenticate against WNS. To send notifications to your channel URI you are first required to Authenticate against WNS using OAuth2 to retrieve a token to be used for each subsequent notification that you push to WNS.
  4. Push notification to channel recipient. Once you have your channel, notification payload and WNS access token you can then perform an HttpWebRequest to post your notification to WNS for delivery to your client.

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