19 October 2017
Over many years the members of this Software Engineering team have developed web applications using the popular .NET technology of ASP.NET WebForms. However, in recent years the limitation of a large and growing code base is becoming apparent, not least of which is the difficulty of testing.
It was decided to move to and retrain employees in the newer ASP.NET MVC technology, and staff typically have a range of backgrounds in web and .NET technology, having first learned .NET in the early days (from 2002) and not had any 'formal' updating as .NET evolved, and the code base is restricted to 'legacy' versions of .NET.
The motivation for attending the course were to upskill to the newer technology of ASP.NET MVC to take advantage of its cleaner architecture, allowing for easy testing.
The course proceeded by first leading delegates through the main features of MVC before investigating some of the more detailed features. Along the way delegate questions highlight gaps in their knowledge arising because of the many new features introduced into the .NET languages; Framework and Visual Studio tooling.
A little time is spent filling these gaps in knowledge in order to maximise understanding of the main topic. These 'asides' can also help to improve productivity as they help with the understanding of implementation of ASP.NET MVC.
Delegates were pleasantly surprised at what is now available to them through the combination of .NET language; Framework and tooling.
By the end of the course the delegates felt they are in a position to utilise MVC to implement clean, efficient web solutions using the newer technology.