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Hands on Lab: Develop an Entity Framework Core and ASP.NET Core MVC App in a Day

Full-Day Workshop

Interested in .NET Core and Entity Framework Core, but not sure where to start? Start here with an all day Hands on Lab where you will build a complete solution using the latest development technology from Microsoft. Using Visual Studio 2017 (RC), you will build a data access library using Entity Framework Core, complete with repos and migrations. Then you will package the data access library into a custom NuGet package for distribution. Next, you will build a Core MVC site, leveraging all of the latest that Core MVC has to offer, including Tag Helpers, View Components, Dependency Injection, and more!

    You will learn:
  • The new project structure for .NET Core Apps
  • Creating a data access layer with Entity Framework Core
  • Initializing data for testing with EF Core
  • Creating NuGet packages from .NET Core projects
  • Building a website with ASP.NET Core MVC
  • Configuring the HTTP pipeline and routing
  • Using and creating Tag Helpers
  • Creating and using View Components
  • Leveraging Dependency Injection
    Attendee Requirements:
  • You must provide your own laptop computer for this hands-on lab.
  • You will need to have Visual Studio 2017 RC Installed (any edition), with version 15.0.26020.0 or later. Visual Studio 2017 RC can be downloaded from When installing, make sure to select the ".NET Core and Docker (Preview)" workload.
  • You also need to have .NET Core 1.1 installed. The tooling installs with Visual Studio 2017 RC, but the SDK must be downloaded from The "Current" version and not the LTS (Long Term Support) version is needed for this HOL.
  • Finally, you will need to have SQL Server Express 2016 Local DB installed. This is installed with VS2017 RC by default, but can also be installed from the SQL Server 2016 Express installer, located here:
  • Although not necessary to download beforehand, the starter files for this HOL are located in (one of my GITHUB repos).
Laptop with VS2017 and SQL Server Express
Philip Japikse

Principal Consultant
Strategic Data Systems


A software development conference in the Louisville, KY area on June 7-9, 2017 designed to cover all aspects of software development regardless of development stack.

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