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4043.  ASP.NET Core MVC

Rev. 1.0

 

This course provides a practical hands-on introduction to developing Web applications using ASP.NET Core MVC 6 and C#. This Web development framework from Microsoft emphasizes separation of concerns in the architecture and testability of applications. This course covers development on Microsoft’s new .NET Core platform.

 

A major restructuring of the .NET platform, .NET Core is cross-platform, open source, and modular designed for creating modern web applications and services, libraries and console applications. It is available on Windows, Mac and Linux. .NET now is a family of frameworks, including both the classical .NET available on Windows and the new .NET Core package-based frameworks that are cross-platform.

 

This course covers the fundamentals of the Model-View-Controller design pattern and its implementation in ASP.NET Core MVC. This technology is compared with classical ASP.NET Web Forms. Visual Studio 2015 with .NET Core 1.0 is used as a productive platform for creating ASP.NET Core MVC applications. After presenting the fundamentals of the technology with several examples, the main components of Model, Controller and View are covered in detail. The discussion of the Model incorporates Microsoft technologies for persisting data, including XML Serialization and ADO.NET with SQL Server 2014. The routing mechanism of ASP.NET MVC is covered. The course includes an introduction to ASP.NET Web API.

 

Numerous programming examples and exercises are provided. The student will receive a comprehensive set of notes and all the programming examples.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

·         Gain a thorough understanding of the philosophy and architecture of Web applications using ASP.NET Core MVC

·         Gain a practical understanding of.NET Core

·         Acquire a working knowledge of Web application development using ASP.NET Core MVC 6 and Visual Studio 2015

·         Persist data with XML Serialization and ADO.NET with SQL Server 2014

·         Create HTTP services using ASP.NET Core Web API

 

Duration: 2 days

 

Prerequisites:  The student should have a good working knowledge of C# and the .NET Framework. Basic knowledge of HTML and some prior exposure to .NET Core would also be helpful.

 

1.      Introduction to ASP.NET Core MVC

Review of ASP.NET Web Forms

Advantages and Disadvantages of Web Forms

Model-View-Controller Pattern

ASP.NET Core MVC

.NET Core

Advantages and Disadvantages of ASP.NET MVC

Unit Testing

 

2.      Getting Started with ASP.NET Core MVC

ASP.NET Core MVC Testbed

Using Visual Studio

Using Packages

Configuring for ASP.NET Core MVC

Rendering Views

Razor View Engine

Dynamic Output

 

3.      ASP.NET MVC Architecture

The Controller in ASP.NET MVC

The View in ASP.NET MVC

The Model in ASP.NET MVC

Helper Methods for HTML

Form Submission

Model Binding

Input Validation

 

4.      The Model

More Complex Models in MVC Programs

Microsoft Technologies for Model Persistence

Using XML Serialization

NuGet Package Manager

Using ADO.NET

 

5.      The Controller

Controller Base Class

Actions

Retrieving Data from a Request

Action Results

Action Attributes

Serving Static Files

Filters

6.      The View

View Responsibility

Using ViewBag

Using Dynamic Objects

Html Helpers

Validation Attributes

 

7.      Routing

Routing in ASP.NET Core MVC

Properties of Routes

Parameters in Routing

Registering Routes

Attribute Routing

 

8.      ASP.NET Core Web API

ASP.NET Core Web API

Representational State Transfer

REST and Web API

HTTP Services Using Web API

HTTP Testing Tools

Using Postman

HTTP Response Codes

ASP.NET Web API Clients

 

Appendix A. Learning Resources

 

System Requirements

 

Required software is Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 and VS 2015 Tooling Preview 2, which includes .NET Core 1.0.1. The free Visual Studio Community 2015 may be used. Visual Studio 2015 includes LocalDB, a lightweight version of SQL Server 2014 Express, which is used for one example in the course. The operating system should be Windows 7sp1 or more recent. The free Postman tool is used. It can be downloaded from the Web. See the course Setup Guide for details.

 

A good minimal hardware profile for this course would have a 1.8 GHz or equivalent CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and at least 10 GB of free disk space for tools installation and courseware.