Custom Twitter Feed on your MVC 4 Layout Page

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As a follow-up to this post, I needed to get the home-made Twitter feed onto the layout page of our MVC 4 app. Like this:

playground.tkglaser.net/TwitterLayout

The problem is that the layout page has no model and no code-behind. Since the Twitter feed is populated in code-behind on the server, this is a problem.

The answer is a PartialView populated by a ChildAction.

1. The Model

The Model remains unchanged from the original implementation.

2. The Controller

Change the Action that retrieves the tweets and populates the model to be a ChildAction returning a PartialView.

[ChildActionOnly]
public PartialViewResult Tweets()
{
  RestClient client = new RestClient("http://api.twitter.com/1");
  
  // [...] see original post for full implementation
  
  model.Tweets =
    jsonDeserializer.Deserialize<List<Tweet>>(response);

  return PartialView(model);
}

3. The View

For the View, create a new partial view displaying the tweets.

@model net.tkglaser.demos.Models.TwitterFeed.LandingModel

<ul>
  @foreach (var tweet in Model.Tweets)
  {
    <li>
      <img src="@tweet.user.profile_image_url" />
      @Html.Raw(tweet.GetTextWithLinks())
    </li>
  }
</ul>

Now, you can simply insert the tweets into the layout, or anywhere else using this line:

@Html.Action("Tweets")

This enables you to put your Twitter feed into the layout so every page will display it.

As always, please feel free to leave a comment if you find this useful or have a suggestion.

Thomas Glaser

@tkglaser
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