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Blazing Pizza in DotVVM

This sample is a rewrite of the popular BlazingPizza sample into DotVVM.

It demonstrates:

  • differences between the Razor/Blazor and DotVVM syntax.
  • usage of DotVVM with ASP.NET Core 3.0.

Differences between Razor and DotVVM syntax

The syntax of DotVVM views is quite different from the Razor/Blazor approach because of the MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel) pattern.

DotVVM ships with many built-in controls (e.g. <dot:Button ...>) and uses data-binding expressions (e.g. Text="{value: FirstName}" instead of @ code blocks.

Here is the list of the most frequent differences:

Outputting text in the page

Razor uses @expression to print values in the page.

In DotVVM, you can use {{value: expression}} to do the same thing. In contrast to Razor, you can use only simple expressions without method calls - DotVVM translates these expressions in JavaScript. See the supported expressions for value bindings.

Visible instead of @if

In DotVVM, you can use Visible property on any HTML element to hide it from the page. It is similar to @if expressions in Razor.

// Razor
@if (ordersWithStatus.Count == 0)
  <div class="order-list">
    <h2>No orders placed</h2>

// DotVVM
<div class="order-list" Visible="{value: Orders.Count == 0}">
  <h2>No orders placed</h2>

There is also IncludedInPage property that can be used instead of Visible. Visible only hides the element by setting display: none while IncludedInPage removes the element from DOM completely.

<dot:Repeater> instead of @foreach

Instead of using loops to iterate over a collection, DotVVM has the <dot:Repeater> control which can be data-bound to a collection in the viewmodel.

// Razor
	@foreach (var topping in pizza.Toppings)
		<li>+ @topping.Name</li>

// DotVVM
<dot:Repeater DataSource="{value: Toppings}"
	<li>+ {{value: Name}}</li>

The WrapperTagName property specifies the name of the HTML element that should wrap the individual items - <ul> in this case.

The Repeater also has the EmptyDataTemplate property that can be used to define content displayed when the collection is empty.

Navigation between pages

We don't like to use plain hyperlinks to link to other DotVVM pages.

Instead, we encourage you to use <dot:RouteLink> control - it can specify RouteName and route parameters. This approach is more resillient to route URL changes.

// Razor
<a href="myorders/@item.Order.OrderId" class="btn btn-success">
	Track &gt;

// DotVVM
<dot:RouteLink RouteName="OrderDetails" Param-id="{value: Order.OrderId}"
			   class="btn btn-success">
	Track &gt;

The routes are registered in the DotvvmStartup file:

config.RouteTable.Add("OrderDetails", "myorders/{id:int}", "Views/OrderDetails.dothtml");

Calling methods in the viewmodel

We use command binding to call methods defined in the viewmodel.

// Razor
<button type="button" class="delete-topping" 
        @onclick="@(() => RemoveTopping(topping))">x</button>
// DotVVM
<dot:Button class="delete-topping"
            Click="{command: _root.RemoveTopping(_this)}">x</dot:Button>

Working with CSS classes

Instead of concatenating list of CSS classes on an element, you can use class-something binding to define conditions indicating whether the CSS class is applied or not.

// Razor
<div class="order-total @(Order.Pizzas.Count > 0 ? "" : "hidden")">
	Total: ...

// DotVVM
<div class="order-total" class-hidden="{value: Order.Pizzas.Count > 0}">
	Total: ...


DotVVM uses the same DataAnnotation attributes like Blazor and other .NET frameworks. You can use <dot:Validator> or <dot:ValidationSummary> controls to display validation errors.

// Razor
<InputText @bind-Value="Address.PostalCode" />
<ValidationMessage For="@(() => Address.PostalCode)" />

// DotVVM
<dot:TextBox Text="{value: PostalCode}" />
<dot:Validator Value="{value: PostalCode}" ShowErrorMessageText="true" />

DotVVM validation offers plenty of configuration options and flexibility to add CSS classes, display tooltips, or applying other behaviors for invalid viewmodel properties.

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