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Mastering Minimal APIs in ASP.NET Core

By : Andrea Tosato, Marco Minerva, Emanuele Bartolesi
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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

Exploring Swagger

Swagger has entered the life of .NET developers in a big way; it’s been present on the project shelves for several versions of Visual Studio.

Swagger is a tool based on the OpenAPI specification and allows you to document APIs with a web application. According to the official documentation available at

“The OpenAPI Specification allows the description of a remote API accessible through HTTP or HTTP-like protocols.

An API defines the allowed interactions between two pieces of software, just like a user interface defines the ways in which a user can interact with a program.

An API is composed of the list of possible methods to call (requests to make), their parameters, return values and any data format they require (among other things). This is equivalent to how a user’s interactions with a mobile phone app are limited to the buttons, sliders and text boxes in the app’s user...