Seeding the database with test data
With the initial database model defined, I created a seed method to load some sandbox data – this seed method is referenced in the system start-up and will create and populate the database if there is nothing present:
Of course, this whole seeding process is just to kick-off the project, so that we have a sandbox of information to test and view. In the future, we’ll add game data every night as it becomes available.
Getting to a View of the Data
We are using the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern. The Model is coming together nicely now that we have data in the database. We need to create the Controller and View to allow us to navigate and display the data.
I ran into a bit of a snag when I couldn’t get Visual Studio to auto-generate this for me because I was using MVC 4 with Entity Framework 6, so after figuring out how to upgrade, I was able to get Visual Studio to build out the scaffolding for me. I had to use the Nuget Package Manager’s Update section to bring in the necessary MVC 5.x upgrade package.
I then used Nuget to install Grid.MVC to start making the data look pretty. I needed to bring in Bootstrap and JQuery to round out the formatting.
I added a logo and voila, we have our first web browser accessible view of the base data that we’ll use to compute Corsi stats.