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Posted 10 Aug 2012

Creating a Mobile Application Using MVC4

, 10 Aug 2012
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How to build a MVC4 Mobile application.


MVC is one of three ASP.NET programming models.

MVC is a framework for building web applications using an MVC (Model View Controller) design:

  • The Model represents the application core (for instance a list of database records).
  • The View displays the data (the database records).
  • The Controller handles the input (to the database records).

The MVC model also provides full control over HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.


  • Install Visual Studio 2010 (SP1)
  • Install ASP.NET MVC4
  • Install Microsoft SQL Server Compact 4.0
  • Install Opera Mobile Emulator

Getting Started

The following steps will show how to build a MVC4 Mobile application.

Step 1

Open Visual Studio, select New Project -> ASP.NET MVC4 Web Application.

Step 2

Select Mobile Application from the Project Template.

Step 3

Go to Solution Explorer, right-click on the App_Data folder, and click on Add New Item.

Select SQL Server Compact 4.0 Local Database and name it as Movies.sdf.

Step 4

Database is added to the App_Data folder.

Step 5

Create a table and name it MovieDBs.

Step 6

Add ConnectionString in Web.config.

Step 7

Right-click on Model->Add->Class and paste the following code:

Note: ConnectionString name and Class name should be the same.

Step 8

Right-click on Controller->Add->Controller Add Controller Window Popup.

Click on Add button and it will create a Movies Controller.

Step 9

Run application using Opera Mobile Emulator and it shows the following result.


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QuestionHow to Install the App in the Mobile Pin
Anubhava Dimri16-Jul-14 2:23
memberAnubhava Dimri16-Jul-14 2:23 
GeneralMy vote of 1 Pin
rubol22-Sep-13 20:05
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GeneralMy vote of 4 Pin
tgueth26-Feb-13 11:53
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QuestionDEvelop mobile applications using mvc? Pin
Member 917112810-Dec-12 19:21
memberMember 917112810-Dec-12 19:21 
Question[My vote of 1] Poor Sample Pin
msdevtech29-Oct-12 17:28
membermsdevtech29-Oct-12 17:28 
You have no downloadable sample app and I cannot (as you stated) copy and paste your code snippets.
Also, people who manually create this example should not name their DB connection MovieDBContext they should leave it named DefaultConnection or the add Controller will not find Metadata and will fail.

modified 29-Oct-12 23:05pm.

GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Nandakishorerao15-Aug-12 22:51
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Questionneed to know Pin
csharpbd10-Aug-12 14:34
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AnswerRe: need to know Pin
Ravindra T C10-Aug-12 17:32
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GeneralRe: need to know Pin
csharpbd11-Aug-12 3:51
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