Hands-On Training for Developers

Looking for intense developer training to help you take your dev career to a new level? Visual Studio Live! HOT brings full day hands-on training to you in an intimate setting with an industry expert as your guide. Keep up-to-date on some of the hottest trends in the developer world to drive your career forward with the latest technology. These HOT events provide in-depth training and knowledge-share, networking with fellow (and local) peers, and one-on-one interaction with skilled instructors to take what you have learned back to your office.

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Philip Japikse
Developer, Coach, Author, Teacher. Microsoft MVP, MCSD, CSM, and CSP
Philip Japikse
Developer, Coach, Author, Teacher. Microsoft MVP, MCSD, CSM, and CSP

An international speaker, Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, MCSD, CSM, and CSP, and a passionate member of the developer community, Phil Japikse has been working with .NET since the first betas, developing software for over 30 years, and heavily involved in the agile community since 2005. Phil is co-author of best-selling "C# and the .NET 4.6 Framework" and "Pro C# 7", the Lead Director for the Cincinnati .NET User's Group and the Cincinnati Software Architect Group, co-hosts the Hallway Conversations podcast , founded the Cincinnati Day of Agile, and volunteers for the National Ski Patrol. Phil is also a published author with LinkedIn Learning. During the day, Phil works as an Enterprise Consultant and Agile Coach for large to medium firms throughout the US. Phil enjoys to learn new tech and is always striving to improve his craft. You can follow Phil on twitter and read his blog.

October 1, 2018
9:00AM – 5:00PM
Develop an ASP.NET Core 2 and EF Core 2 App in a Day
Level: Intermediate

Interested in ASP.NET Core 2.x and Entity Framework Core 2.x, but not sure where to start? Start here with an all-day Hands on Lab where you will build a complete solution using the latest development technology from Microsoft. Using Visual Studio 2017 (15.7 or greater) and .NET Core 2.1, you will build a data access library using Entity Framework Core, complete with repos and migrations. Next, you will build a ASP.NET Core web application, leveraging all of the latest that ASP.NET Core has to offer, including Tag Helpers, View Components, Dependency Injection, and more!

You will learn:

  • The new project structure for .NET Core 2.x Apps
  • Creating a data access layer with Entity Framework Core 2.x
  • Initializing data for testing with EF Core 2.x
  • Building a website with ASP.NET Core 2.x
  • Configuring the HTTP pipeline and routing
  • Using and creating Tag Helpers
  • Creating and using View Components
  • Leveraging Dependency Injection

Attendance is limited.


Virtual Classroom Available!

Can’t travel to the Hands-On Training in New York? You can join this HOT class via our Virtual Classroom.

VSLive! has partnered with MicroTek New York to offer a virtual classroom opportunity to our HOT New York students. The Virtual Training Room enables remote attendees to experience the benefits of instructor-led training without having to travel. Remote participants experience the same collaboration, instructor interaction, and learning benefits as those who are physically in the classroom. VSLive!'s Virtual Training Room technology allows all students to:

  • See and hear everything that is taking place in the live classroom
  • Raise their hands and ask questions
  • View and interact with course content (presentations, videos, code, and more)
  • Experience real-time collaboration

Virtual Classroom Requirements
All remote users need to participate in a Virtual Training Room event is a computer with camera, wired Internet connection, speakers, and a microphone -- it's that easy.

Top Reasons To Join Us in New York City

Hands-on Training.

If you are a developer, engineer, programmer, architect, or industry professional, VSLive! HOT provides in-person, hands-on training with some top experts in the field. Bring your laptop to apply this first-hand knowledge to your current environment.

Two Options for Attending HOT NY

You can attend this in-depth day of developer training at our classroom location in New York, NY, or you can attend the training via our virtual classroom for the same live experience without the travel.


With small classes and expert instructors, the intimate setting of these HOT courses allows for networking with your peers to learn from their experiences, problem-solve and brings solutions back to your office.

Get the Most Out of Your Time.

If you don’t have time for a full 4 or 5-day conference, look no further. VSLive! HOT provides in-depth, hands-on training in a one or two-day format to fit in with your busy schedule.

Looking For More? If you are interested in more developer training offerings around the U.S., check out vslive.com to explore the events, sessions, workshops and hands-on training options we offer.

The Countdown Continues to Join Us in New York - Do Not Miss Out!


  • Standard Registration through October 1
  • 1-Day Package (In-person or Virtual)
  • $695

A continental breakfast, hot catered lunch, and breaks will be provided as part of your HOT in-person registration. Not applicable for virtual attendees.

Discounts are available for alumni, government employees and educators. For more information, contact us at [email protected], or 972.687.6719.

Part of a team of 3 or more? Contact us at [email protected], or 972.687.6719 for more information and pricing.

You may substitute one person in your place by contacting [email protected] at least five business days prior to the event. If you must cancel all or part of your registration, your refund request must be sent to [email protected] no later than 20 business days prior. Your fee will be returned, less a $250 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued within 20 days of the event.

Event Details

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MicroTek Training Center
180 Maiden Lane
Suite 1103
New York, NY 10038

South Street Seaport Parking (Two blocks from MicroTek New York)
Pricing: Before 9am- $25.00 all day, after 9am - $35.00
175 Front Street
New York, NY 10038

Reserve a spot at http://www.parkfast.com/brooklyn-bridge-parking or text ahead to 917-525-2257.

Hotels, Directions & Travel
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VSLive! has partnered with MicroTek Training Center NY to offer you discounted pricing at several hotels close to the training center.

Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites
161 Front Street
New York, New York 10038

Q&A Hotel
70 Pine Street
New York, New York 10005

DoubleTree New York
8 Stone Street
New York, New York 10004

Hampton Inn Manhattan/Seaport
320 Pearl Street
New York, New York 10038

Staten Island Ferry to Whitehall Ferry Terminal

M15 to Broad Street and Water Street
Fare = $2.75 one-way

  • Wall Street 2, 3 lines
  • Broad Street J, Z lines
  • Fulton Street A, C and 4, 5 lines

Can't Make This Location? Check Out Our Other Events.

Why Visual Studio Live!

This year, Visual Studio Live! (VSLive!™) celebrates 25 years as one of the most respected, longest-standing, independent developer conferences. VSLive! offers intense developer training and knowledge-share, with 7 shows around the U.S. each year, bringing together software developers, programmers, architects, designers and more. Join our unique brand of training on .NET, the Microsoft Platform and open source technologies and more. Visit us at vslive.com.

Questions or Want to Learn More?
Email Mallory Bastionell at [email protected].
We look forward to hearing from you!

Laptop Requirements
October 1, 2018 Develop an ASP.NET Core 2 and EF Core 2 App in a Day
  • You must provide your own laptop computer for this hands-on lab.
  • You will need to have Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7+ installed (any edition). Visual Studio 2017 15.7+ Community Edition can be downloaded from https://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/. When installing, make sure to select the "ASP.NET and web development” and “.NET Core cross-platform development" workloads.
  • You will need to install the x64 versions of the SDK and Runtime (2.1.300). They can be downloaded from https://www.microsoft.com/net/download/core. Confirm the install by opening a command prompt, enter "dotnet --version" (without the quotes) - you should see 2.1.300. Note: The trailing zeros (0) are required. Confirm the runtime by typing "dontnet --list-runtimes" (without the quotes) and look for "2.1.0".
  • You also will need to have SQL Server Express 2014 or later. Visual Studio 2017 15.7 installs SQL Server Express LocalDb by default, and this is perfect for this HOL. If you need to install SQL Server Express you can install from here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh510202.aspx.
  • Optionally, install SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) installed. SSMS can be installed from the SQL Server 2016 Express installer, located here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh510202.aspx.
  • Finally, you need to download the starter files and Lab documents for this HOL, located in https://github.com/skimedic/dotnetcore_hol/tree/master/2.1.