15 January 2018
A development team had developed a range of applications using a number of .NET technologies over many years. However, in recent years the challenge of supporting a large and growing code base with mixed technologies was becoming apparent. The requirements for the course were first discussed with a trainer to determine the requirements, based on the desired development goals and the team’s current skill set. However, it was apparent that the current skill set was very diverse and in the areas unrelated to ‘modern’ web development. This would necessitated a fairly standard introduction to ASP.NET Core technologies, which differs markedly from the earlier .NET web technologies or windows technologies
A variation on the standard requirement though, was the necessity to cover Entity Framework. Again existing applications used a range of database technologies but not Entity Framework. Whilst the standard ASP.NET Core course typically only gives a brief introduction to Entity Framework (as there is a separate Entity Framework course Entity Framework course), it was agreed to change the emphasis of the course to give a broader coverage to Entity Framework Core (variation on Entity Framework).
The course proceeded by first leading delegates through the main features of MVC before investigating some of the more detailed features. As the course was given using the latest version of Visual Studio this was also an opportunity to introduce some of the new language features and tooling (time saving) available by using Visual Studio 2017.
Not only did covering Entity Framework Core illustrate the use of this ‘newer’ database technology, but also illustrate other time saving features to allow rapid generation of code to allow inclusion of the use of databases in a fairly straight forward way.
Delegates were pleased with the available combination of .NET language; Framework and tooling.
By the end of the course the delegates felt they are in a good position to utilise not only an MVC technology for web development, but also incorporate the use of some existing databases within these applications.