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Client Side Model Binding with ASP.NET MVC 3 and KnockoutJs

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Client side Model binding with ASP.NET MVC 3 and KnockoutJs

Knockoutjs is a type safe client side library which provides declarative bindings of DOM with model data, Automatic UI refresh when view model changes, etc. You can read more about KnockoutJS on its website. You can read more about AspNet MVC3 on ASP.NET MVC website.


Create Model class on server side MarketPriceModel, its collection class MarketPriceCollectionModel.

public class MarketPriceCollectionModel
        public List Prices { get; private set; }

        public void Add(MarketPriceModel model)
            if (Prices == null)
                Prices = new List();

    public class MarketPriceModel
        public string Symbol { get; set; }
        public double Open { get; set; }
        public double Close { get; set; }
        public double Low { get; set; }
        public double High { get; set; }
        public DateTime TimeStamp { get; set; }

Controller: MarketWatchController

This controller class has action method “MarketPriceUI” which returns MarketPriceUI view and injects MarketPriceCollectionModel class as model.

public class MarketWatchController : Controller
        // GET: /MarketWatch/

        public ActionResult MarketPriceUI()
         MarketPriceCollectionModel collection = new MarketPriceCollectionModel();
         collection.Add(new MarketPriceModel() { Symbol = "MSFT",
        Open = 34.5d, Close = 35.5d, Low = 33.4d, High = 36.5d });
         collection.Add(new MarketPriceModel() { Symbol = "Goog",
        Open = 54.5d, Close = 58.65d, Low = 52.78d, High = 59.23d });

         return View(collection);

View MarketPriceUI.cshtml @model: contains object returns from controller. We can use this object to show data in view, but here I want to convert @model to knockoutJS viewmodel.

var initialData = @(Html.Raw(Json.Encode(Model.Prices)));

viewModel = {prices: ko.observableArray(initialData)

  • @(Html.Raw(Json.Encode(Model.Prices))) converts model data into json and this data is set as observablearray for knockoutjs viewmodel.
  • “data-bind="foreach: viewModel.prices" statement can loop in this viewmodel to show data on page.
@model MarketWatchWebSample.Models.MarketPriceCollectionModel
    ViewBag.Title = "MarketWatch";
    Layout = "~/Views/Shared/_Layout.cshtml";

var viewModel;
    $(document).ready(function () {

            var initialData = @(Html.Raw(Json.Encode(Model.Prices)));

viewModel = {prices: ko.observableArray(initialData)


    <tbody data-bind="foreach: viewModel.prices"> 
                <span data-bind="text:Symbol"></span> 
                <span data-bind="text:High"></span> 
                <span data-bind="text:Low"></span> 



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About the Author

Neeraj Kaushik1980
Architect Saxo Bank A/S
Denmark Denmark
• Solution Architect /Principle Lead Developer with 12 years of IT experience with more emphasize on Capital Domain and Investment banking domain.
• Strong experience in Continuous Integration, Delivery and DevOps solutions.
• Strong experience in drafting solutions, stakeholder communications and risk management.
• Proved strong coding and designing skills with agile approaches (TDD, XP framework, Pair Programming).
• Delivered many projects with involvement from inception to delivery phase.
• Strong experience in high performance, multithreaded, low latency applications.
• Ability to communicate with the business and technical stake holders effectively.
• Have extensive experience in Capital Market Domain: Front Office & BackOffice (Algorithm Trading tools, messaging framework, Enterprise bus, integration of FIX APIs and many trading APIs).
• Functional knowledge of Portfolio/Wealth Management, Equities, Fixed Income, Derivatives, Forex.
• Practical knowledge of building and practicing agile delivery methodologies (SCRUM, TDD, Kanban).

Technical Skills

• Architectural: Solution Design, Architectural Presentations (Logical, Component, Physical, UML diagrams)
• Languages: C#, C++
• Server Technologies: WCF, Web API,
• Middle Ware: ActiveMQ, RabbitMQ, Enterprise Service Bus
• UI Technologies: Winforms and WPF
• Web Technologies: Asp.Net Mvc, KnockOutJS, JQuery, Advance Java Scripts Concepts
• Databases: Sql Server 2008 +, MySQL
• Tools/Frameworks: TFS, SVN, NUnit, Rhino Mocks, Unity, NAnt, QuickFix/n, Nhibernate, LINQ, JIRA,

Functional Skills

• Wealth Management System, Trade Life Cycle, Trading Components and their integrations
• Working knowledge of Stocks, Bonds, CFDs,Forex, Futures and Options
• Pricing Systems, Market Data Management,
• BackOffice Processes : Settlement Processes, Netting, Tax, Commissions, Corporate Actions Handling,
• Reporting Solutions : OLTP and OLAP Data model designing
• FIX Engine implementation and integration

Comments and Discussions

QuestionIs KO is better then Telrik with MV3? Pin
am.net15-Jan-13 20:46
Memberam.net15-Jan-13 20:46 
AnswerRe: Is KO is better then Telrik with MV3? Pin
Neeraj Kaushik198016-Jan-13 1:04
MemberNeeraj Kaushik198016-Jan-13 1:04 
GeneralRe: Is KO is better then Telrik with MV3? Pin
am.net16-Jan-13 5:53
Memberam.net16-Jan-13 5:53 
Thanks for reply. Yes I got clarification for my concern that the objective of both KO and Telerik are different.
i like to play with programming.... Smile | :)

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QuestionHow to create, edit, update and delete record Pin
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AnswerRe: How to create, edit, update and delete record Pin
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Question[My vote of 2] Source Download? Pin
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GeneralJust what I was looking for... Pin
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QuestionScript tags missing in fourth code block Pin
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professionalNic_Roche19-Feb-12 12:28 
AnswerRe: Script tags missing in fourth code block Pin
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