ASP.NET Monsters #22: Realistic Prototype Data in ASP.NET Core with GenFu

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Description

In this episode, Monster James walks you through the basics of prototyping a new feature in your application without having to do the grunt work of creating all the data you need to light the feature up in your UI.

GenFu is an open source library (created by the Monsters!) that allows you to save hours of work when you're asked to create lists of data to support a test or prototype. When you build out a user experience it's often better to have data that looks realistic, which is old-hat for GenFu. Need 10,000 rows of data in your DB? Yeah, it can help you do that, too.

Be sure to check out our follow-up episode when we dive into even more advanced use cases.

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    Tony

    Hi,
    Thanks for this, it has helped, but I have a question how can I use a list of values within one of my database tables as the option for random selection.

    Thanks

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    David​Paquette

    @Tony: That really depends on how you are accessing the database. Are you using Entity Framework?

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    Tony

    Hi David,
    Worked it ok thanks, but i have install 1.3.3 but it does not seem to have the AsPastDate etc functions, Has this been removed do you know?

    Thanks

    Tony

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    Tony

    Hi David,
    Found the issue, I had DateTime?
    Thanks

    Tony

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