Seth Barrett

Daily Blog Post: May 13th, 2023


May 13th, 2023

Exploring the Basics of C# Programming and Creating a Simple Web Application Using ASP: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this post, we will continue our series on C# web programming using ASP and explore the basics of C# programming and how to create a simple web application using ASP.

Step 1: Understanding C# Programming

C# is a modern, object-oriented programming language developed by Microsoft. It is used to build a wide range of applications, including desktop applications, web applications, games, and more. C# is designed to be easy to learn and use, with a syntax that is similar to other popular programming languages such as Java and C++.

Some of the basic concepts of C# programming include:

  • Variables and Data Types: In C#, you use variables to store data, and each variable has a data type that determines the kind of data it can hold.
  • Control Structures: C# provides various control structures such as if/else statements, loops, and switch statements to control the flow of your program.
  • Methods: A method is a block of code that performs a specific task. You can create your own methods or use pre-built methods provided by C#.
  • Classes and Objects: C# is an object-oriented language, which means that you can create classes and objects to encapsulate data and behavior.

Step 2: Creating a Simple Web Application using ASP

Now that you have a basic understanding of C# programming, let's create a simple web application using ASP.

To create a new ASP.NET Core Web Application in Visual Studio, follow these steps:

  1. Click "File" > "New" > "Project" to open the "New Project" dialog box.
  2. Select "ASP.NET Core Web Application" and click "Next".
  3. Give your project a name and click "Create".
  4. In the next screen, you can select the type of web application you want to create, such as "Web Application", "API", or "Razor Pages". For this example, we will select "Web Application".
  5. Click "Create" to create your new project.

Once your project is created, you will see the solution explorer on the right-hand side of the screen. This shows the files and folders that make up your project.

Now, let's add a new controller to our project. Right-click on the "Controllers" folder and select "Add" > "Controller". In the "Add Scaffold" dialog box, select "MVC Controller with views, using Entity Framework" and click "Add".

In the next screen, you can select the model class and data context class for your controller. For this example, we will use the default options. Click "Add" to generate the controller and views.

Now, let's run our web application. Press F5 to start debugging. This will open your web application in a browser.

Congratulations! You have created a simple web application using ASP and C#. In the next post, we will explore how to add more functionality to our web application using C#.