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Modern Web Development with ASP.NET Core 3 - Second Edition

By : Ricardo Peres
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Modern Web Development with ASP.NET Core 3 - Second Edition

By: Ricardo Peres

Overview of this book

ASP.NET has been the preferred choice of web developers for a long time. With ASP.NET Core 3, Microsoft has made internal changes to the framework along with introducing new additions that will change the way you approach web development. This second edition has been thoroughly updated to help you make the most of the latest features in the framework, right from gRPC and conventions to Blazor, which has a new chapter dedicated to it. You’ll begin with an overview of the essential topics, exploring the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern, various platforms, dependencies, and frameworks. Next, you’ll learn how to set up and configure the MVC environment, before delving into advanced routing options. As you advance, you’ll get to grips with controllers and actions to process requests, and later understand how to create HTML inputs for models. Moving on, you'll discover the essential aspects of syntax and processes when working with Razor. You'll also get up to speed with client-side development and explore the testing, logging, scalability, and security aspects of ASP.NET Core. Finally, you'll learn how to deploy ASP.NET Core to several environments, such as Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Docker. By the end of the book, you’ll be well versed in development in ASP.NET Core and will have a deep understanding of how to interact with the framework and work cross-platform.
Table of Contents (26 chapters)
Section 1: The Fundamentals of ASP.NET Core 3
Section 2: Improving Productivity
Section 3: Advanced Topics
Appendix A: The dotnet Tool

Model binding

Normally, when using a REST API, we use either POST, PUT, or sometimes even PATCH verbs to send content as payloads. This content is then translated into POCO classes, which are defined as parameters to action methods.

It turns out that ASP.NET Core can bind payloads to POCOs if you bind from the body of the request or from the query string, but you cannot exclude (or include) specific properties using the [Bind], [BindNever], and [BindRequired] attributes. A typical example is as follows:

public class PetController : ControllerBase
public IActionResult Post([FromBody] Pet pet) { ... }

This is because ASP.NET Core uses input formatters to bind requests to models, and since these can change, it's up to them to decide what properties should be skipped or not—for example, a certain JSON serializer might use some attributes to configure property serialization, which would be ignored by others.