How to get started with MySQL and ASP.NET MVC with Entity Framework

I’ve always been a SQL Server guy, but I wanted to give MySQL a try for a project that I’m working on. I could find a really quick MySQL/MVC example so I threw this together. LMK if you have any issues.

DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL MYSQL

1. Download & Install MySQL (Includes MySQL Server, Workbench and Visual Studio Connector)

I did a Full Install (not Developer default) and configured as a Development Machine.

MySQL Workbench will launch when it is complete:

Read this if you have issues getting MySQL running.

CREATE THE DATABASE

2. Click “Create a new EER Model”

3. That will launch the Model Editor

4. Click the plus icon over to the right of “Physical Schemata” to create a new database. Name it “Company”

5. Double-click “Add Table”

6. Create a new Employee table like so.

7. Click Save.

8. Go to Database –> Forward Engineer to push your changes to the MySQL instance. Read this if you are having issues here.

CONNECT TO DATABASE

9. In Visual Studio, Open Server Explorer and create a new connection to your Employee MySQL database. This is what my Add Connection dialog looks like:

CREATE MVC APPLICATION

10. Create a new MVC application in Visual Studio. I used the Internet Application template.

CREATE ENTITY FRAMEWORK MODEL

11. Add a new EDMX file to your MVC app and select the employee table.

> I selected Yes, include the sensitive data in the connection string. Because it’s a quick sample.

That will create a new EDMX, just make sure you save AND BUILD it once the diagram opens.

CREATE MVC CONTROLLER

12. Add a new controller with the MVC template and EF. Right click on “Controllers” folder and select “Add –> Controller”

RUN THE APPLICATION

13. Hit F5 and change URL to /employee (i.e. http://localhost:45171/employee)

CREATE A NEW EMPLOYEE

14. Click “Create New”. Enter a Name. Click Create

Nice. We now have end to end MySQL, EF and MVC.

Jon

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