This course provides a practical hands-on introduction to developing Web applications using ASP.NET MVC 5 and C#. This Web development framework from Microsoft emphasizes separation of concerns in the architecture and testability of applications. The course includes coverage of the Razor View Engine, Entity Framework 6 and ASP.NET Web API 2. It also introduces Windows Azure and the deployment of ASP.NET MVC applications to the Azure cloud.

For Microsoft’s cross-platform ASP.NET Core please see Software Training Academy’s course 4043, ASP.NET Core MVC.

The course covers the fundamentals of the Model-View-Controller design pattern and its implementation in ASP.NET MVC. This technology is compared with classical ASP.NET Web Forms. The two technologies share a common ASP.NET infrastructure. Visual Studio 2019 with .NET 4.7.2 is used as a productive platform for creating ASP.NET MVC applications. After presenting the fundamentals of the technology with several examples, the main components of Model, Controller and View are covered in detail. The discussion of the Model incorporates modern Microsoft data access technologies, including SQL Server 2016, LINQ and ADO.NET Entity Framework 6. The routing mechanism of ASP.NET MVC is covered. The course introduces automated unit testing of Web applications, one of the chief advantages of the new technology. Security is covered, with some hands-on illustrations of attacks and defenses against them. The course includes a discussion of how ASP.NET MVC and Web Forms can be used together in the same application. The course includes with an introduction to ASP.NET Web API and concludes with deployment to Windows Azure. An appendix covers deployment on IIS 7.5

Numerous programming examples and exercises are provided. The student will receive a comprehensive set of notes and all the programming examples.


  • Gain a thorough understanding of the philosophy and architecture of Web applications using ASP.NET MVC
  • Acquire a working knowledge of Web application development using ASP.NET MVC 5 and Visual Studio 2019
  • Access databases with SQL Server 2016, ADO.NET, LINQ, and Entity Framework 6
  • Perform automated testing of Web applications created using ASP.NET MVC and the built-in Visual Studio Unit Test Framework
  • Implement security in ASP.NET MVC applications
  • Combine ASP.NET MVC and Web Forms when appropriate
  • Create HTTP services using ASP.NET Web API 2
  • Deploy ASP.NET MVC applications to the Windows Azure cloud

Duration: 3 days

Prerequisites:  The student should have a good working knowledge of C# and the .NET Framework. Basic knowledge of ASP.NET and HTML is also required.

1. Introduction to ASP.NET MVC

  • Review of ASP.NET Web Forms
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Web Forms
  • Model-View-Controller Pattern
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of ASP.NET MVC
  • Unit Testing

2. Getting Started with ASP.NET MVC

  • Installing ASP.NET MVC
  • Using Visual Studio
  • Hello World for ASP.NET MVC
  • Rendering Views
  • Razor View Engine
  • Dynamic Output

3. NET MVC Architecture

  • The Controller in ASP.NET MVC
  • The View in ASP.NET MVC
  • The Model in ASP.NET MVC
  • Helper Methods for HTML
  • Form Submission
  • Model Binding
  • Input Validation

4. The Model

  • Microsoft Technologies for the Model
  • LINQ
  • ADO.NET Entity Framework 6
  • CRUD Operations
  • NuGet Package Manager

5. The Controller

  • IController Interface
  • Controller Base Class
  • Actions
  • Retrieving Data from a Request
  • Action Results
  • Action Attributes
  • Filters
  • Asynchronous Controllers

6. The View

  • View Responsibility
  • Using ViewBag
  • Using Dynamic Objects
  • Html Helpers
  • Validation Attributes

7. Routing

  • Routing in ASP.NET MVC
  • Properties of Routes
  • Parameters in Routing
  • Registering Routes
  • Debugging Routes
  • Areas

8. Unit Testing

  • Test-Driven Development
  • Test Automation
  • Refactoring
  • Visual Studio Unit Test Framework
  • Test Cases
  • Test Classes
  • Test Runners
  • Testing ASP.NET MVC Applications
  • Dependency Injection
  • Mocking Frameworks
  • Inversion of Control Containers

9. Security

  • Input Forgery
  • Cross-Site Scripting
  • Session Hijacking
  • Cross-site Request Forgery
  • SQL Injection
  • Using the MVC Framework Securely

10. Combining ASP.NET MVC and Web Forms

  • Integrating Web Forms and MVC
  • Using Web Forms in an ASP.NET MVC Application

11. NET Web API

  • Representational State Transfer
  • REST and Web API
  • HTTP Services Using Web API
  • Using Fiddler
  • ASP.NET Web API Clients
  • CRUD Operations

12. NET and Azure

  • What Is Windows Azure?
  • A Windows Azure Testbed
  • Deploying an Application to Azure
  • Updating an Application on Azure

Appendix A. Learning Resources

Appendix B. Deployment in IIS 7.5

  • IIS 7.5
  • MVC with IIS 7.5
  • XCOPY Deployment

System Requirements

Required software is Visual Studio 2019, which includes LocalDB, a lightweight version of SQL Server 2016 Express. The free Visual Studio Community 2019 may be used. The operating system should be Windows 7SP1 or more recent.  Several free tools are also used. These can all be downloaded from the Web. The last chapter requires a connection to the Internet, and a Windows Azure account (a free trial account is available from Microsoft). See the course Setup Notes for details.

A good minimal hardware profile for this course would have a 2 GHz or equivalent CPU, 4 GB of RAM, and at least 10 GB of free disk space for tools installation and courseware.