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📓 Update with EF Core

Now that we've had some time to practice adding create and read functionality with Entity, we're ready to add update and delete functionality as well. In this lesson, we'll add update functionality. In the next lesson, we'll add the ability to delete items as well.

Adding Update Functionality

We'll start by updating our controller:


public ActionResult Edit(int id)
Item thisItem = _db.Items.FirstOrDefault(item => item.ItemId == id);
return View(thisItem);

public ActionResult Edit(Item item)
return RedirectToAction("Index");

  • First, we have both GET and POST Edit actions. The GET action will route to a page with a form for updating an item. The POST action will actually update the item. Don't forget that we need to include an [HttpPost] annotation above the POST action.

  • Like our Details method, the GET request uses a specific entry as the model for the page. In fact, the code in this action looks exactly the same as the code in the Details action. That's because it's doing the same thing: finding a specific item and then passing it to the view.

Updating the View

Now we're ready to add a view with a form:

Layout = "_Layout";

@model ToDoList.Models.Item


<h4>Edit this item: @Html.DisplayFor(model => model.Description)</h4>

@using (Html.BeginForm())
@Html.HiddenFor(model => model.ItemId)

@Html.LabelFor(model => model.Description)
@Html.EditorFor(model => model.Description)

<input type="submit" value="Save" />
<p>@Html.ActionLink("Back to list", "Index")</p>

This view is very similar to the Create.cshtml view we constructed together in the last lesson. However, there is a key new addition:

@Html.HiddenFor(model => model.ItemId)

This is because we need to pass the specific item's ItemId on to the controller. If we don't, our controller won't know which item to update.

Finally, let's add an edit link to Details.cshtml. That way, a user can go to a specific item's page and then click on a link to edit that item.

<p>@Html.ActionLink("Edit Item", "Edit", new { id = Model.ItemId })</p>

In this case, we need to specify that we are looking for the ItemId of the Model that is passed into this view.