Differences Between Razor and ASPX View Engine in MVC

View Engine renders the view into HTML form to the browser. If we talk about a MVC application in the .Net Framework, it supports the following 2 view engines:

  1. Razor View Engine
  2. Web Form/Aspx View Engine


  1. Entry with ASP.NET MVC
    • Razor View Engine is an advanced view engine and introduced with MVC3. This is not a language but it is a markup syntax.
    • ASPX View Engine is the default view engine for the ASP.NET MVC that is included with ASP.NET MVC from the beginning.

      Razor and ASPX View
  2. Namespace

    • Razor View Engine supports System.Web.Razor.
    • ASPX View Engine supports System.Web.Mvc.WebFormViewEngine.
  3. Layout /MasterPage
    • In Razor View Engine we use Layouts.
    • In ASPX View Engine we use masterPages.

  4. PartialPage /WebUserControl

    • In Razor View Engine we use PartialPage.
    • In ASPX View Engine we use WebUserControls.

  5. Extension

    • Razor View Engine has .cshtml (with C#) and .vbhtml (with VB) extension for views, Layout and Partial views.
    • ASPX View Engine has a similar extension as in a simple web application like .aspx for the views, .acsx for UserControls and .master for Master Pages.

  6. Performance

    • Razor Engine is a little slow compared to Aspx Engine.
    • Aspx Engine is faster compared to Razor Engine.
  7. Syntax

    • ‘@’ symbol uses in Razor Engine to write the code. @Html.ActionLink("Login", "LoginView")
    • ‘<%:’ delimiters use as starting point and ‘ %>’ use as ending point. You can write the code between them in ASPX Engine.

    <%: Html.ActionLink("Login ", " LoginView ") %> 


  8. Cross-Site Scripting Attacks

    • Razor Engine prevents Cross-Site Scripting Attacks, in other words it encodes the script or HTML tags like <,> before rendering to view.
    • ASPX Engine does not prevent Cross-Site Scripting Attacks, in other words any script saved in the database will be fired while rendering the page.

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