Development Guide


In this document, we will explain how to use ASP.NET Zero Power Tools without the Visual Studio extension.

Purpose of the ASP.NET Zero Power Tools VS Extension is to create an input file. So, in order to use it without extension, input file needs to be created manually.

You can find specification of the JSON file fields in the table below;


Name Description
IsRegenerate Set true if you have generated this entity before.
MenuPosition main or administration
RelativeNamespace Namespace of your entity (not including project's namespace)
EntityName Entity Name
EntityNamePlural Entity Name Plural
TableName Database Table Name (might be same with plural name)
PrimaryKeyType Type of primay key.
Can be int, long, string, Guid
BaseClass Base class of your entity.
Can be Entity, AuditedEntity, CreationAuditedEntity, FullAuditedEntity
EntityHistory Set true to track history of this entity.
AutoMigration true add-migration automatically, false do not add migration (you need to add migration manually)
UpdateDatabase true update-database automatically, false do not update-database (you need to update-database manually)
CreateUserInterface true creates/modifies ui layer files
CreateViewOnly true creates a view-only modal in actions button in table of your entity in ui
CreateExcelExport true adds excel report button in ui
IsNonModalCRUDPage true creates non-modal pages.
PagePermission Multitenancy
"PagePermission":{"Host": [ISHOSTALLOWED],"Tenant":[ISTENANTALLOWED]}
Properties Properties of your entity. See 'Table 2' for more.
NavigationProperties Navigation properties of your entity. See 'Table 3' for more.
EnumDefinitions Enum definitions you use on your entity. See 'Table 4' for more.
GenerateUnitTest Generates unit tests for created application service class.
GenerateUiTest Generates UI tests for the created entity.
GenerateOverridableEntity Creates abstract base classes and their implementations. So, for the regenerate operation, your custom code will not be overwritten.

Properties (Array):

Name Description
Name Property Name
Type Type of property.
Can be string, bool, byte, short, DateTime, decimal, double, Guid, int, long, enum
MaxLength If type is string max length of string
MinLength If type is string min length of string
Range If type can have range value range of property
"Range": {"IsRangeSet": [ISRANGESET],"MinimumValue": [MINVAL],"MaximumValue": [MAXVAL]}
Required Is property required
Nullable Is property nullable
Regex specifies the regex that this property should match
UserInterface Will this property be listed, have a filter and editable in ui?
"UserInterface": {"List": true,"AdvancedFilter": true,"CreateOrUpdate": true}

NavigationProperties (Array):

Name Description
Namespace Namespace of entity
ForeignEntityName Entity Name
IdType Type of Foreign Key. See Entity -> PrimaryKeyType
IsNullable Is nullable
PropertyName Property name (Property name for that entity which will store Foreign Key)
DisplayPropertyName Property name of foreign entity. It will be displayed by that property on pages.
DuplicationNumber If you have two navigation property that navigates to same foreign entity, number them starting from 1. If not, just skip this.
RelationType single is the only option.


Name Description
Name Name
Namespace Namespace
EnumProperties Properties

Sample Input File

Input file includes a JSON string and it's name is the same as your entity's name. Here is a sample Products.Product.json:

  "IsRegenerate": false,
  "MenuPosition": "main",
  "RelativeNamespace": "Products",
  "EntityName": "Product",
  "EntityNamePlural": "Products",
  "TableName": "Products",
  "PrimaryKeyType": "int",
  "BaseClass": "Entity",
  "EntityHistory": false,
  "AutoMigration": true,
  "UpdateDatabase": true,
  "CreateUserInterface": true,
  "CreateViewOnly": true,
  "CreateExcelExport": true,
  "PagePermission": {
       "Host": true,
       "Tenant": true
  "Properties": [
              "Name": "Name",
              "Type": "string",
              "MaxLength": 25,
              "MinLength": 2,
              "Range": {
                "IsRangeSet": false,
                "MinimumValue": 0,
                "MaximumValue": 0
              "Required": true,
              "Nullable": false,
              "Regex": "",
              "UserInterface": {
                "List": true,
                "AdvancedFilter": true,
                "CreateOrUpdate": true
              "Name": "Type",
              "Type": "ProductType",
              "MaxLength": 0,
              "MinLength": 0,
              "Range": {
                "IsRangeSet": false,
                "MinimumValue": 0,
                "MaximumValue": 0
              "Required": false,
              "Nullable": false,
              "Regex": "",
              "UserInterface": {
                "List": true,
                "AdvancedFilter": true,
                "CreateOrUpdate": true
  "NavigationProperties": [
              "Namespace": "Volosoft.RadToolExplainer.Authorization.Users",
              "ForeignEntityName": "User",
              "IdType": "long",
              "IsNullable": true,
              "PropertyName": "UserId",
              "DisplayPropertyName": "Name",
              "DuplicationNumber": 0,
              "RelationType": "single"
  "EnumDefinitions": [
              "Name": "ProductType",
              "Namespace": "Volosoft.RadToolExplainer",
              "EnumProperties": [
                          "Name": "Liquid",
                          "Value": 1
                          "Name": "Solid",
                          "Value": 2

Guide To Create A New Input File

You have to fill the fields of the JSON file for your entity. However, some of the fields must match our constants. Here is the list of them:

  • MenuPosition : "main" | "admin"

  • RelativeNamespace: Namespace of your new entity. Doesn't include your company and project name.

  • PrimaryKeyType: "int" | "long" | "Guid"

  • BaseClass: "Entity" | "AuditedEntity" | "CreationAuditedEntity" | "FullAuditedEntity"

  • RelationType: Only "single" is valid for now.

  • DuplicationNumber: A number post-fix that is added to end of variable names to prevent duplicate if there are more than one foreign key addressing to same entity. '0' means no post-fix.


Properties are written as an array in JSON file. Add an object to that array for every property of your entity. There will be some unnecessary fields depending on property type. For example, you don't have to set regular expression for a numeric property or don't have to set range for a string.

A property should be one of those types:

  • bool
  • byte
  • short
  • DateTime
  • decimal
  • double
  • Guid
  • int
  • long
  • string

or one of the ENUMs you declared in "EnumDefinitions".

How To Run Power Tools

You can use the command below to run it:

dotnet AspNetZeroRadTool.dll YourEntity.Json


  • AspNetZeroRadTool folder is placed under aspnet-core folder of your solution. You have to place the json file and run the command in there.
  • Please Keep in mind that JSON file is completely case sensitive.
  • Auto add-migration and update-database functions are disabled.
  • If you are working on ASP.NET Core & Angular template, after generating the entity via Power Tools, run your *.Web.Host project and then run "./angular/nswag/refresh.bat" to update service-proxies.ts.
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