MVC Data Models and WebAPI


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:

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.

 

Bill Wolff

Bill Wolff is an independent consultant, trainer, and architect specializing in Microsoft development technologies under the name Agility Systems. He served as the SharePoint Practice Director at Capax Global, Solutions Architect in the Microsoft Practice at Unisys Corporation, and ran the Microsoft Alliance at LiquidHub. He ran the consulting firm Wolff Data Systems for 15 years and directed armies of consultants in the dot com world. Bill is founder and President of the philly.NET user group, a previous INETA board member where he served as Vice President of the Speaker Bureau, and involved in several other user communities. Bill was a contributing author on several books. His certifications include trainer, systems engineer, developer, and Microsoft MVP.

Rob Keiser

Rob Keiser is a .Net developer, Architect and freelance writer for PC Today magazine. He has been building Windows application using various languages and tools for the past 20 years. Rob has also created some Windows Phone applications including Lunar Phase and NOAA Buoy.