Our monthly hands-on lab series continues on Wednesday nights at Microsoft. The next session will be held at the Microsoft Mid-Atlantic Office in Malvern, PA on August 14 from 5:30-8:00. Refreshments are provided courtesy of philly.NET.
You must bring a laptop. Don’t forget that power supply. We recommend more than 1 Gb of RAM and at least 10 Gb of free disk space. External USB or Firewire drives really help. We will help you get organized and install the right software for continued virtual fun! We have wireless Internet access. If not, make sure that all required software is on your machine when you arrive.
Over the next six months we will cover the latest Microsoft tools for responsive web site development. The series starts with layout and controller basics. This will be followed by sessions on jQuery and plug-ins, templating tools like jsRender, scaffolding, REST, WebAPI, SPAs and SignalR.
These Hands-On Labs will use Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 or Visual Web Developer 2010 Express Service Pack 1. Visual Studio 2012 is recommended and you won’t need to install anything to complete the labs. If you are using Visual Web Developer 2010 you must install the components below. You can install all of them by clicking the following links:
- Visual Studio Web Developer Express SP1 prerequisites
- WPI installer for ASP.NET MVC 4
- If you’re using Visual Studio 2010 instead of Visual Web Developer 2010, install the WPI installer for ASP.NET MVC 4 and the Visual Studio 2010 prerequisites
MVC data models typically connect to a SQL database. Rob will explore code first and database first techniques. Tables, views, and stored procedures are used as data sources. Model class attributes are used to define column metadata.
HTTP is a powerful platform for building APIs that expose services and data. WebAPI provides a RESTful interface for data in MVC apps. This is very useful when building rich browser centric or mobile apps using tools like jQuery and KnockoutJS. Bill will show how to build and enhance a WebAPI project.