JSON Serialization in ASP.NET MVC and AngularJs

In this article I will show how JSON serialize in ASP.NET MVC and bind data by AngularJs. I will not describe what and how JSON, ASP.NET MVC or AngularJs work. Hope I will discuss these topics in another article.
Let’s start to create an ASP.NET MVC project with AngularJs.

Step 1: Create ASP.NET MVC application

Open visual studio, Got to File->New->Project
Select Template -> Visual C# -> Web -> ASP.NET MVC 4 Web application and click OK
Select Empty Template and Razor as view engine

Step 2: Install required packages
Run the following command in Package Manager Console (Tools->Library Package Manager->Package Manager Console) to install required package.

PM> Install-Package jQuery
PM> Install-Package angularjs -Version 1.2.26
PM> Install-Package Newtonsoft.Json

Step 3: Create a layout page
Create a layout page in Views-> Shared ->_Layout.cshtml and add reference of angularjs and jquery.

        Student Information

Step 4: Create a view model “Student” in model folder

public class StudentVM
   public int RollNo { get; set; }
   public string StudentName { get; set; }
   public string Class { get; set; }
   public string ClassTeacher { get; set; }

Step 5: Create StudentsController
Create StudentsController in Controller folder like following. Here GetSerializedStudentVMS method serialized Student model to JSON.

public class StudentsController : Controller
        // GET: /Students/

        public ActionResult Index()
            return View("Index", "", GetSerializedStudentVMS());

        public string GetSerializedStudentVMS()
            var students = new[]
                    new StudentVM {RollNo = 1, StudentName = "Jamal Uddin", Class="One", ClassTeacher="Mr. Anowar Hossain"},
                    new StudentVM {RollNo = 5, StudentName = "Kamal Hossain", Class="Two", ClassTeacher="Mr. Shahana Begum"},
                    new StudentVM {RollNo = 10, StudentName = "Jahid Hasan", Class="Three", ClassTeacher="Mr. Lutfor Rahman"},
            //Used to make property name as camel case
            var settings = new JsonSerializerSettings { ContractResolver = new CamelCasePropertyNamesContractResolver() };

           return JsonConvert.SerializeObject(students, Formatting.None, settings); //Returns students list as JSON


Step 6: Create index view
Right click of index action of StudentsController, click view and a view will automatically create to Views-> Students ->index.cshtml

Change the index.cshtml like following

@model string

    Layout = "~/Views/Shared/_Layout.cshtml";
Roll No Student Name Class Course Teacher
{{student.rollNo}} {{student.studentName}} {{student.class}} {{student.classTeacher}}

Here ng-init used to initialize the json object and ng-repeat works like foreach.

Step 7: Change RouteConfig.cs
Change RouteConfig like following to run StudentController by default.

public class RouteConfig
        public static void RegisterRoutes(RouteCollection routes)

                name: "Default",
                url: "{controller}/{action}/{id}",
                defaults: new { controller = "Students", action = "Index", id = UrlParameter.Optional }

Now run the application. Yes you will see the student information in a table. Thanks for your patient 

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