Exploring ASP.NET Core, Part 3 of 6: Tools and Projects

Exploring ASP.NET Core, Part 3 of 6: Tools and Projects

LearnNow Online
Updated Aug 22, 2018

Course description

Learn how to build a project from common .NET Core project templates and what tools are needed to do so. In addition to discovering how to build a full application, explore the state of .NET Core and determine if it's the best tool to meet your current needs.

Each LearnNowOnline training course is made up of Modules (typically an hour in length). Within each module there are Topics (typically 15-30 minutes each) and Subtopics (typically 2-5 minutes each). There is a Post Exam for each Module that must be passed with a score of 70% or higher to successfully and fully complete the course.


This course assumes that students have some programming background, and at least minimal experience with classic ASP.NET, C#, and Visual Studio. As with any such course, the more experience you bring to the course, the more you’ll get out of it. This course moves quickly through a broad range of programming topics, and is focused on using the .NET Framework with C#. The course also assumed that you are well familiar with how to use the version of Windows that you are running. For example, the course might say simply “open a browser” without explaining how to do that. You should also be able to navigate the folder hierarchy using Windows Explorer.

Meet the expert

Don Kiely

Don Kiely is a featured instructor on many of our SQL Server and Visual Studio courses. He is a nationally recognized author, instructor, and consultant specializing in Microsoft technologies. Don has many years of teaching experience, is the author or co-author of several programming books, and has spoken at many industry conferences and user groups. In addition, Don is a consultant for a variety of companies that develop distributed applications for public and private organizations.

Video Runtime

96 Minutes

Time to complete

164 Minutes

Course Outline

Building an ASP.NET Web App

Visual Studio Tooling (45:21)

  • Introduction (00:45)
  • Demo: New ASP.NET Core Project (04:52)
  • Demo: Console Application (05:48)
  • Core Files (03:48)
  • Demo: Using the .NET Framework (02:50)
  • Demo: Project.json and Program.cs (07:41)
  • Demo: Web.config (06:43)
  • Demo: Packages (05:19)
  • Demo: A Caveat about Project.json (06:40)
  • Summary (00:49)

Project Structure (26:17)

  • Introduction (00:30)
  • Demo: New Project (05:05)
  • Demo: App Preview (03:36)
  • Demo: www.root (05:33)
  • Demo: JSON FIles (04:38)
  • Demo: web.config (01:37)
  • Demo: Startup.cs (04:42)
  • Summary (00:33)

State of .NET Core (12:21)

  • Introduction (01:00)
  • Why .NET Core? (02:51)
  • The State of .NET Core (07:55)
  • Summary (00:34)

Should I Use .NET Core Today? (12:34)

  • Introduction (00:43)
  • Should I Use .NET Core Today? (00:52)
  • Compelling Reasons to Use .NET Core (03:17)
  • Reasons to NOT Use .NET Core Today (03:43)
  • When to Stay with the Full .NET Framework (03:04)
  • Summary (00:51)