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Mastering Minimal APIs in ASP.NET Core

By : Andrea Tosato, Marco Minerva, Emanuele Bartolesi
Book Image

Mastering Minimal APIs in ASP.NET Core

By: Andrea Tosato, Marco Minerva, Emanuele Bartolesi

Overview of this book

The Minimal APIs feature, introduced in .NET 6, is the answer to code complexity and rising dependencies in creating even the simplest of APIs. Minimal APIs facilitate API development using compact code syntax and help you develop web APIs quickly. This practical guide explores Minimal APIs end-to-end and helps you take advantage of its features and benefits for your ASP.NET Core projects. The chapters in this book will help you speed up your development process by writing less code and maintaining fewer files using Minimal APIs. You’ll also learn how to enable Swagger for API documentation along with CORS and handle application errors. The book even promotes ideas to structure your code in a better way using the dependency injection library in .NET. Finally, you'll learn about performance and benchmarking improvements for your apps. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to fully leverage new features in .NET 6 for API development and explore how Minimal APIs are an evolution over classical web API development in ASP.NET Core.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: What’s New in .NET 6?
Part 3: Advanced Development and Microservices Concepts

Using resource files

Our minimal API now supports globalization, so it can switch cultures based on the request. This means that we can provide localized messages to callers, for example, when communicating validation errors. This feature is based on the so-called resource files (.resx), a particular kind of XML file that contains key-value string pairs representing messages that must be localized.


These resource files are exactly the same as they have been since the early versions of .NET.

Creating and working with resource files

With resource files, we can easily separate strings from code and group them by culture. Typically, resource files are put in a folder called Resources. To create a file of this kind using Visual Studio, let us go through the following steps:

Important note

Unfortunately, Visual Studio Code does not provide support for handling .resx files. More information about this topic is available at