Saturday, August 20, 2011

ASP.NET MVC 3 updating and handling the jQuery libraries

When installing the ASP.NET MVC 3, we'll be getting some tools for Visual Studio 2010 along with Nuget.Nuget is nothing but an Visual studio extension which can be used to install and update open source libraries. It handles the task of including the library files into the project, adding the required references, including the respective entries in the config files and some other tasks based on the package we install.

We can access the Nuget tools using Visual Studio 2010 from, Tools > Library Package Manager > Package Manager Console / Manage Nuget Packages. One we add the ASP.NET MVC 3 project to a solution, by default we'll get few jQuery and related packages got installed.

Package Manager Console
We can view the installed packages by typing the "get-package" command in the Package Manager Console. By default jQuery packages like jQuery (core library), jQuery.UI.Combined, jQuery.Validation and jQuery.vsdoc will be installed while adding the ASP.NET MVC 3 project. In order to update these default jQuery packages, use the following command in the Package Manager Console.

update-package jquery

In order to get info about Nuget Package Manager commands type "get-help nuget".    

Manage Nuget Packages
Apart from the Tools menu this option is also avaliable when we right click(context menu) on the project. This option is some what similar to the Extension Manager menu where we can visually manage the packages.

Using any of the above specified two options you can update the packages which will update the related files by removing the old ones and adding the new ones. This helps us handling the updating process smoothly without any miss-outs.

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