My favorite ASP.NET MVC hooks #2: Action filter attributes

Another simple place to hook your stuff in to the framework is action filters. An action filter is an attribute that derives from ActionFilterAttribute which is a convenience class containing the following methods for you to override:

A lot of the examples around the internet show how to use action filters to restrict access to controller actions or how to apply caching. I won’t do that here, because those concerns are boring. No, we care about how to make life easy for ourselves and how to write testable, non-breakable, maintenance-and-wrist-friendly code. That is, we reserve the right to be lazy.

A fine example on how to be lazy is by letting action filters fetch data for you to avoid repetitive repository gymnastics in every controller action – and I am actually going to be very lazy right now, because I wrote two posts on this topic earlier:

  1. How to avoid duplicate data fecthing with ASP.NET MVC
  2. Another way to avoid duplicate data fetching with ASP.NET MVC

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