A couple weeks ago we did a soft release of a new ASP.NET MVC 2 Tutorial and Sample Application I’ve been working on over the past few months, the MVC Music Store. The source code and an 80 page tutorial are available on CodePlex. I’m also working on a video tutorial series for the ASP.NET website which will walk through building the application. After that, it’s time to talk about a feature length film and a worldwide MVC Music Store On Ice tour, but the plans aren’t completely set just yet.
Everything’s under friendly licenses - the source is available under Ms-PL license, and the tutorial is under Creative Commons Attribution license. The data for the application is based on the Chinook database, which is also under Ms-PL license.
Who is this for?
This tutorial is mostly written for beginners to ASP.NET MVC, including folks who are kind of new to web development. We already have a few tutorials out there at the intermediate to advanced developer level (Nerd Dinner, MVC Storefront) if you’re looking for something more advanced, but if you want to start with the basics of how ASP.NET MVC works before diving into repositories and IoC and TDD, this is a great place to get started.
However, I think it’s also pretty useful if you’ve got some experience with ASP.NET MVC 1.0 but want to get a look at using some of the new features in ASP.NET MVC 2, especially model validation.
What’s it cover?
- Store browse
- Shopping cart
- Membership and registration
- Basic administration (add and edit albums)
- ASP.NET MVC Basics
- Models and ViewModels
- Data access using Entity Framework 4
- Model Validation
- Editor and Display Templates
- Use of ASP.NET Membership system
- Client-side enhancements
- Client-side validation
- AJAX update showing both Ajax.ActionLink and jQuery
How’s the code?
I think this is a great tutorial sample, and I’m really proud of it. I spent a lot of time on it, and I had several reviews with Scott Guthrie and Scott Hanselman, as well as Phil Haack and Brad Wilson from the ASP.NET team. I’m hugely thankful to all of them for their input and patience, but of course I’ll take responsibility for any errors or killed kittens.
This is a beginner tutorial, so the code focuses on communicating how ASP.NET MVC works. There are no dependencies, and things are written using a minimum of code and complexity. If you do see something that makes you angry or sad please let me know, but keep in mind that we’re not trying to build an enterprise store system here. As it is, the tutorial is 80 pages long, so I really tried to keep as much out as possible and focus on the basics.
I’ve already gotten some good feedback on the discussion forum and at the Toronto Web Camp, where we used it as lab, so I’ll be updating the document and tutorial to get to a 1.0 release.
I’m working on a video series for the ASP.NET website.
I’ve also heard that people are interested in advanced, real-world scenarios, so that’s something I’ll be looking at next. Please let me know if you have any thoughts or requests there.