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ASP.NET Core 5 for Beginners

By : Andreas Helland, Vincent Maverick Durano, Jeffrey Chilberto, Ed Price
Book Image

ASP.NET Core 5 for Beginners

By: Andreas Helland, Vincent Maverick Durano, Jeffrey Chilberto, Ed Price

Overview of this book

ASP.NET Core 5 for Beginners is a comprehensive introduction for those who are new to the framework. This condensed guide takes a practical and engaging approach to cover everything that you need to know to start using ASP.NET Core for building cloud-ready, modern web applications. The book starts with a brief introduction to the ASP.NET Core framework and highlights the new features in its latest release, ASP.NET Core 5. It then covers the improvements in cross-platform support, the view engines that will help you to understand web development, and the new frontend technologies available with Blazor for building interactive web UIs. As you advance, you’ll learn the fundamentals of the different frameworks and capabilities that ship with ASP.NET Core. You'll also get to grips with securing web apps with identity implementation, unit testing, and the latest in containers and cloud-native to deploy them to AWS and Microsoft Azure. Throughout the book, you’ll find clear and concise code samples that illustrate each concept along with the strategies and techniques that will help to develop scalable and robust web apps. By the end of this book, you’ll have learned how to leverage ASP.NET Core 5 to build and deploy dynamic websites and services in a variety of real-world scenarios.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Section 1 – Crawling
Section 2 – Walking
Section 3 – Running

Leveraging Windows Terminal

In the MS-DOS days of computing, everything revolved around the command line, and to this day, most advanced users have to open up a cmd window every now and then. The problem is that it has not always been a great experience so far in Windows. During Build 2020, Microsoft released their 1.0 version of Windows Terminal. While you can do most of your programming entirely without this, we recommended that you install it, because there are many advantages that we'll show you later in this book.

Windows Terminal supports multiple tabs, and not only the "classic" cmd, but also PowerShell, Azure Cloud Shell, and Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL):

Figure 1.17 – Windows Terminal

Figure 1.17 – Windows Terminal

Azure Cloud Shell delivers an instance of the command-line interface for Azure, the Azure CLI, hosted in Azure. This means that instead of installing the Azure CLI locally and keeping it up to date, you will always have the latest version ready to go. You need an Azure subscription for this to work, but it has no cost other than a few cents for the storage that acts as the local disk for the container containing the executables.

WSL will be covered in greater detail in the next chapter, but the short version of this is that it gives you Linux in Windows. This is the Linux Shell (not a graphical UI), so this also fits into the Windows Terminal experience.

Regardless of which of these types of Terminal you run, they have many options you can configure, which makes them extra helpful for programmers. You can choose fonts that are more suited for programming than Word documents. You can install so-called glyphs, and, for instance, display directly on the prompt information about which Git branch you are on. This book will not require you to be using Git as that is aimed at managing and keeping track of your code, but it is easy to get started with even without knowing the commands in detail, so it comes highly recommended to experiment with it. In most development environments these days, it is the de facto source code management technology. Microsoft provides support for Git both in Azure DevOps and GitHub, but there are other providers out there as well and it is not specific to Microsoft development or .NET.

The end result might look like the following:

Figure 1.18 – Windows Terminal with Git support enabled

Figure 1.18 – Windows Terminal with Git support enabled

It is downloadable from the Windows Store as well as directly from GitHub, but the Store is better if you want automatic updates.

The extended Git info requires a few extra steps, which you can find at