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Razor Syntax in MVC C# Example

In this razor tutorial you learn how to write razor syntax in view in nvc application.

What is Razor in MVC?

Razor is view engine in ASP.NET MVC. Razor allows you to write mix of HTML and server side code using C# or Visual Basic (Yes, earlier how we used to write in classic asp! But wait, razor has much more). Razor view with visual basic syntax has .vbhtml file extension and C# syntax has .cshtml file extension.

Here are important things about Razor

  • Intellisense: Razor syntax supports statement completion within Visual Studio.
  • Esay to Differentiate: Easily you can differentiate server side code from html code
  • Inline expression: in Razor it's much easier to write inline expression

How to write Razor Syntax in MVC?

In Razor syntax server side code written inside @{} and single line server side code start with @
Now let's look at some example

    var message = "I am learning Razor today";
<h1>@message  @DateTime.Now.ToShortDateString() </h1>

You can easily mix-up server side code with html, server side code reside within @{ } bracket, look at the below example

foreach razor syntax

Here i am printing number 1 to 10 using loop, this is my plain html message, you can see how to mix html code with razor syntax.

@{ for(int i=1;i<=10;i++)
        <div>Current number : @i </div>

You also can print any server side object value, jsut think of situation where you have a student list, and you want to display student name and mobile number on razor view.

List<Student> stuList=CFD.GetStdentList();       
    foreach(Student s in stuList)
        <div> @s.FullName @s.MobileNumber  </div>
if else razor syntax

Suppose you want to write server side if else statement, and based condition display different user interface to end user

    // get this value dynamically from database.
    bool allowUser = true;
@if (allowUser)
        // display  secured partial view
        <div> this is plain Html for authorised user</div>
        // display common partial view                
        <div> this is plain Html for common user</div>

MVC Razor Syntax for DropDownList

Here are some examples of how you can bind dropdownlist in mvc razor syntax

First we need to create a SelectListItem collection object

   List<SelectListItem> objListItems= new List<SelectListItem>();
   listItems.Add(new SelectListItem
        {Text = "India", Value = "1",Selected = true});
   listItems.Add(new SelectListItem
        {Text = "USA",Value = "2"});
   listItems.Add(new SelectListItem
        {Text = "Canada", Value = "3"});

Razor syntax for dropdownlist in MVC without model data.

@Html.DropDownList("countryList", objListItems, "Select Country")

Razor syntax for binding model data with dropdownlist in MVC

@Html.DropDownListFor(model => model.Country, objListItems, "Select Country")

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