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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

Knowing the environments

.NET Core has the concept of the environment. An environment is basically a runtime setting in the form of an environment variable called ASPNETCORE_ENVIRONMENT. This variable can take one of the following values (note that these are case sensitive):

  • Development: A development environment, which probably does not need much explaining
  • Staging: A preproduction environment used for testing
  • Production: An environment (or as similar as possible) in which the application will live once it is released

To be specific, you can pass any value, but these have particular significance to .NET Core. There are several ways by which you can access the current environment, but you're most likely to use one of the following methods, extension methods and properties of the IWebHostEnvironment interface (add a using reference to the Microsoft.Extensions.Hosting namespace):

  • IsDevelopment...