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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

Working with global API settings

We have just defined how you can load data with the options pattern within an ASP.NET application. In this section, we want to describe how you can configure an application and take advantage of everything we saw in the previous section.

With the birth of .NET Core, the standard has moved from the Web.config file to the appsettings.json file. The configurations can also be read from other sources, such as other file formats like the old .ini file or a positional file.

In minimal APIs, the options pattern feature remains unchanged, but in the next few paragraphs, we will see how to reuse the interfaces or the appsettings.json file structure.

Configuration in .NET 6

The object provided from .NET is IConfiguration, which allows us to read some specific configurations inside the appsettings file.

But, as described earlier, this interface does much more than just access a file for reading.

The following extract from the official documentation...