Studio: Spa User Signup

For this studio you will add functionality to allow users to sign up for your SpaDay app.

The starter code has been modified from where you left off last class. Grab the refactored code on the user-signup-starter branch .

You’ll notice in this branch that the name has been removed from the service selection form. Once we implement user-signup functionality, we can use a given user’s name to identify the spa client. We’ve also moved data into a Client model and out of the SpaController class.

In this studio, we’ll ask you to write another model, User. User and Client may at first appear redundant, but in the future as you develop your spa application, you may find a scenario where a user is logging in and is not also Client.

Getting Ready

Within SpaDay, create the following files.

  1. Create a UserController in Controllers.
  2. Create a new folder, User, within Views.
  3. Create Index.cshtml and Add.cshtml templates within Views/User/.
  4. Create a User class within Models.

Creating the Model

Your User class should have a few properties: Username, Email, and Password.

Rendering the Add User Form

  1. In the UserController, create an action method Add() to render the form. This action method should correspond to the path /user/add, and for now, it can just return the Add.cshtml view.


    Don’t forget to add /user/add to your path when you test your new features.

  2. Within the Add.cshtml template, create a form that accepts inputs for each of the User class properties. Include an additional password input field to verify the password input. The form should be set up to POST to /user.

  3. Be sure to set type="password" for the password and verify inputs, to ensure the passwords are not visible when being typed into the form. You can also set type="email" on the email input, which will enable some basic client-side validation. We’ll tackle validation in more detail in the next lesson.

Processing Form Submission

  1. Within the UserController, create an action method with this signature:

       public IActionResult SubmitAddUserForm(User newUser, string verify) {
          // add form submission handling code here

    This will use model binding to create a new user object, newUser, and pass it into your action method.


    You don’t need to store the User object anywhere for this studio. We’re focusing on form handling and validation in this exercise. If you want to keep track of users using the method we employed in the models lesson video, check out the Bonus Missions below.

  2. Check that the verify parameter matches the password within the newUser object.

    1. If it does, store the user’s name in a ViewBag property and render the User/Index.cshtml view by returning View("Index").
    2. If the passwords don’t match, render the form again.

Refining Form Submission

  1. Once registered, we want the user to access the form selecting their spa services and see a personalized welcome message!

    1. In User/Index.cshtml, add an h1 element with a welcome message. Use the ViewBag property containing the user’s name to personalize the message!
    2. Also in User/Index.cshtml, add an a element to take the user back to the path, /spa, where the Spa/Index.cshtml template will be rendered.
  2. If the form is re-rendered when a password is not verified, we should let the user know that their form was not properly submitted. Add an error property to ViewBag letting the user know that their passwords should match. This property will need to correspond to an element in the template that will only render the error text when the passwords do not match.

  3. If we send a user back to re-populate the form, it would be nice to not clear their previous submission. We won’t need to save the password entries in this fashion.

    1. In the form submission action method, add the username and email fields of the submitted user as ViewBag properties.

    2. Back in the form, add a value attribute to these form fields and make them equal to the ViewBag properties.

Bonus Missions

  1. Add a Date property in User, and initialize it to the time the user joined (i.e. when the User object was created).
  2. At the bottom of User/Index.cshtml, add a div. Inside that element, add account details such as the user’s email and the date they joined.