Nozus Step 1: Creating a Web API with MVC 6 – Project Setup

This article involves basic Visual Studio and project setup and should go fairly quickly.  I’m going to start out by creating a Web Api using MVC 6.  For reference, I’m using Visual Studio 2015 Preview 6.  Instead of beginning from complete scratch, I’m going to start with the Web API template.

From Visual Studio, go to File –> New –> Project.

In the New Project dialog box, select Web from the template tree and ASP.Net Web Application as the template.


In the resulting web project template modal, select ASP.Net 5 Preview Web API. Note:  The Web API template is new with Preview 6.


Now lets add a couple of basic projects to our solution to round out the API.  A Domain class library for all Domain entities and interfaces, and a Data project for any repositories or EF 7 DataContexts.

Right click the solution node in the Solution Explorer and select Add –> New Project


InitialSolutionIn the Add New Project dialog, select ASP.Net 5 Class Library as the template. Do this twice:  Once for a .Domain project and once for a .Data project.  The initial structure should look something like the image to the right.

Now that some basic project structure is set up…lets add in some needed Nuget packages.  The first thing to do is to make sure the Nuget package manager is up to date.  You can go to Tools –> Extensions and Updates…  Look in the updates node on the navigation tree to see if there are any updates available for the Nuget Package Manager.

Now we need to set up the package manager such that it’s pointing to the correct source of packages for ASP.Net 5.

Open the Nuget settings by going to Tools –> Nuget Package Manager –> Package Manager Settings.  The Package Manager Settings dialog will open.

Navigate to Package Sources, and if it’s not already present, add an entry for AspNetVNext packages with source:


Before we get started adding packages, lets make sure the packages we have are up to date.  Right click the solution node in the Solution Explorer and select Manage Nuget Packages…  In the Nuget Package Manager dialog, select the AspNetVNext source with Upgrade available and Include prerelease as filters. Install any available official M$ upgrades.


If you open your project.config in the Web.Api project, it should look something like the structure below.  We’ll talk more about this structure with the next installment.

 "webroot": "wwwroot",
 "version": "1.0.0-*",
 "dependencies": {
 "Microsoft.AspNet.Server.IIS": "1.0.0-beta3",
 "Microsoft.AspNet.Mvc": "6.0.0-beta3",
 "Microsoft.AspNet.StaticFiles": "1.0.0-beta3",
 "Microsoft.AspNet.Server.WebListener": "1.0.0-beta3",
 "System.Runtime": "4.0.20"
 "frameworks": {
 "aspnet50": { },
 "aspnetcore50": { }
 "exclude": [
 "bundleExclude": [

Go ahead and run the Web.Api project.  The browser of your choice should launch and you should see a page like the following:


In the next article, we’ll set up basic logging and then identity management.

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