ASP.NET Core Tutorials For Beginners and Professionals

ASP.NET Core Tutorials For Beginners and Professionals

ASP.NET Core Tutorials

In this ASP.NET Core Tutorials series, I will discuss all the basic, intermediate, and advanced concepts of ASP.NET Core. These ASP.NET Core tutorials will help you to build rich data-driven web applications. At the end of this ASP.NET Core Tutorial series, you will be better positioned to develop different kinds of Real-time applications using EF Core, SQL Server Database, ASP.NET Core Identity, etc. You will learn ASP.NET Core basics, ASP.NET Core Razor Pages, ASP.NET Core MVC, Blazor, Entity Framework Core, and ASP.NET Core Web API

These ASP.NET Core Tutorials are for whom?

These ASP.NET Core Tutorials are designed for Beginners and Professional Developers who want to learn ASP.NET Core step by step. We will provide a hands-on approach to the subject with step-by-step program examples that will assist you in learning and putting the acquired knowledge into practice.

ASP.NET Core (.NET):

ASP.NET Core (.NET) is a free, open-source, and cloud-optimized framework that can run on Windows, Linux, or macOS. It is the new version of ASP.NET. The framework was completely rewritten to be open-source, modular, and cross-platform.

ASP.NET Core:
            -> Web Framework
            -> Open-Source
            -> Cross-Platform
            -> Modular
            -> Cloud Optimize
            -> Runs on top of the .NET Core and .NET Framework

What is .NET Core?

.NET Core is the new version of the .NET Framework, a free, open-source, general-purpose development platform maintained by Microsoft. It was designed to build modern, high-performance, and scalable applications that could run on Windows, macOS, and Linux. .NET Core aimed to provide a unified platform for developing various applications, including web applications, desktop applications, microservices, and more.

.NET Core is written from scratch to be a modular, lightweight, fast, and cross-platform framework. It includes the core features required to run a basic .NET Core app. Other features are provided as NuGet Packages, which you can add to your application as needed. In this way, the .NET Core application speeds up performance, reduces the memory footprint, and becomes easy to maintain.

Why .NET Core Over .NET Framework?

There are some limitations to the .NET Framework. For example, it only runs on the Windows Platform. Also, you need to use different .NET APIs for different Windows devices such as Windows Desktop, Windows Store, Windows Phone, and Web Applications. The following are some of the reasons why you might choose .NET Core over .NET Framework for your application development:

  • Cross-Platform Compatibility: .NET Core was designed from the ground up to be cross-platform, allowing you to develop applications that can run on Windows, macOS, and Linux. .NET Framework, on the other hand, was primarily Windows-centric. If you needed your application to work on non-Windows platforms, .NET Core was the better choice.
  • Open Source: .NET Core was open source, meaning you can access the source code and contribute to its development. This allows you to customize the framework to suit your needs better. .NET Framework was not open source. If you need an Open Source framework for your application, then .NET Core is the winner here.
  • Performance and Modernization: .NET Core was optimized for performance and suitable for modern application development. It included features like just-in-time (JIT) compilation, which improved runtime performance, and support for modern application patterns like microservices and containerization. .NET Framework was designed in an earlier era and lacked these features.
  • Long-Term Support (LTS): .NET Core introduced the concept of LTS releases, which provided a stable and supported platform for an extended period. This was particularly important for enterprise applications that required long-term stability and security updates. Currently, Microsoft will not provide any new enhancements for the .NET Framework.

Note: Microsoft continued encouraging developers to migrate from .NET Framework to .NET Core and the subsequent .NET 5+ versions to take advantage of the benefits mentioned above. 

.NET Core Characteristics:

Open-Source Framework: .NET Core is an open-source framework maintained by Microsoft and available on GitHub under MIT and Apache 2 Licenses. You can view, download, or contribute to the source code using the following GitHub repositories:
.NET Core Runtime: https://github.com/dotnet/runtime
.NET Core SDK: https://github.com/dotnet/sdk
ASP.NET Core: https://github.com/dotnet/aspnetcore
Language Compiler Platform Roslyn: https://github.com/dotnet/roslyn

CLI Tools: .NET Core includes CLI tools (Command Line Interface) for development and continuous integration.

Flexible Deployment: .NET Core applications can be deployed user-wide or system-wide or with Docker Containers.

Compatibility: Compatible with .NET Framework and Mono APIs using .NET Standard Specification.

.NET Core:

Developer(s): .NET Foundation
Initial Release: .NET Core 1.0 – 27th June 2016
Stable Release: .NET 8
Preview Release: .NET 9
Repository: github.com/dotnet/core
Written: C++ and C#
Operating System: Windows, Linux, and macOS
Type: Software Framework
Website: dotnet.microsoft.com

.NET Core Versions:

A new major release of .NET is published every year in November, enabling developers, the community, and businesses to plan their roadmaps. Even numbered releases are LTS releases with free support and patches for three years. Odd-numbered releases are STS releases with free support and patches for 18 months.

.NET Core has evolved over various versions, with each version introducing new features, improvements, and changes. Here are some notable features introduced in each major version of .NET Core:

.NET Core 1.0 (Initial Release – June 2016):
  • Initial release of .NET Core.
  • Cross-platform support (Windows, macOS, and Linux).
  • Introduction of the Command-Line Interface (CLI) tools.
  • CoreCLR (Core Common Language Runtime), the cross-platform CLR.
  • CoreFX, the foundational libraries.
  • Support for ASP.NET Core for web applications.
  • NuGet package manager for dependency management.
.NET Core 1.1 (November 2016):
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes.
  • Enhanced compatibility with .NET Framework libraries.
  • More APIs were added to increase compatibility with the .NET Framework.
  • Azure support enhancements.
  • Entity Framework Core 1.1 included improvements and new features.
.NET Core 2.0 (August 2017):
  • Introduction of .NET Standard 2.0 for uniform API specification.
  • Enhanced tooling for Visual Studio.
  • Major performance improvements.
  • Expanded OS support and increased compatibility with .NET Framework.
  • Visual Basic support was added.
  • Introduction of Razor Pages in ASP.NET Core for page-based coding model.
.NET Core 2.1 (May 2018):
  • Span<T> and Memory<T> for performance improvements in buffer management.
  • Improved support for Linux containers.
  • SignalR for real-time web functionality.
  • Improved build performance and runtime compilation.
  • Global tools for extending the CLI.
  • GDPR compliance features in ASP.NET Core.
.NET Core 2.2 (December 2018):
  • HTTP/2 support in ASP.NET Core.
  • Improved gRPC support.
  • Enhanced diagnostic tools.
  • Health Checks API for application health monitoring.
  • Improved HTTP request routing.
  • A new JIT compiler, a tiered compilation, which improves startup time.
.NET Core 3.0 (September 2019):
  • Support for Windows Desktop Applications (WPF and Windows Forms).
  • Introduction of C# 8.0.
  • Performance improvements across the board.
  • Support for IoT and AI workloads.
  • Introduction of gRPC in ASP.NET Core.
.NET Core 3.1 (December 2019):
  • LTS (Long-Term Support) release.
  • Focus on stability and bug fixes.
  • Enhanced performance and support for cloud-native applications.
  • Blazor Server is used to build interactive web UIs using C#.
  • Improved performance for JSON serialization and deserialization.
  • Improved support for Azure Functions and Azure App Service.
.NET 5 (November 2020):
  • .NET Core and .NET Framework were merged into a unified platform called “.NET 5.”. Microsoft dropped the “Core” branding from .NET 5 onward to unify the .NET platforms.
  • Support for ARM64 architecture.
  • Improved support for containers and cloud-native development.
  • Improved single-file applications.
  • Better performance improvements, including garbage collection and System.Text.Json.
  • C# 9.0 with records, pattern-matching enhancements, and top-level programs.
  • F# 5.0 with interactive programming and a performance boost.
  • Blazor WebAssembly for full-stack web development with .NET.
.NET 6 (November 2021):
  • Introduction of MAUI (Multi-platform App UI) for cross-platform app development.
  • Support for HTTP/3.
  • Unified platform for all .NET code.
  • Long-term support (LTS) release.
  • C# 10 and F# 6 with new features and enhancements.
  • Minimal API for simplified and clean API endpoints in ASP.NET Core.
  • Blazor Desktop allows Blazor components to run in desktop apps.
  • Hot reload capabilities for .NET apps across different application types.
  • AOT compilation for improved startup and support for Apple Silicon (M1).
.NET 7 (November 2022)
  • Performance Improvements
  • Introduction of new language features in C# 11
  • Minimal APIs enhancements
  • SignalR improvements
  • General Availability of .NET MAUI
  • Container improvements
  • Enhanced support for gRPC
  • Integration with Azure AI and ML features
  • Hot Reload improvements for .NET and Visual Studio
  • Better support for Kubernetes
.NET 8 (November 2023)
  • Performance Enhancements
  • C# 12 Integration
  • JSON Handling
  • ASP.NET Core Improvements
  • .NET MAUI Enhancements
  • Cryptography and Security improvements
  • AI and Machine Learning Enhanced support
  • Extended Native AOT (Ahead-of-Time) Compilation

These are key features introduced in each version of .NET Core and the subsequent unified .NET platform. It’s important to note that the .NET ecosystem continues to evolve, with new features and improvements regularly added in subsequent versions beyond .NET 6.

.NET Core Composition:

The .NET Core Framework is composed of the following parts:

  • CLI Tools: A set of tooling for development and deployment.
  • Roslyn: .NET Compiler Platform.
  • CoreFx: A Set of framework libraries.
  • CoreCLR: A JIT-based CLR (Common Language Runtime). CoreCLR is the .NET execution engine in .NET Core, performing garbage collection and machine code compilation functions.
What Type of Application Can You Develop with ASP.NET Core?
  1. Web: ASP.NET Core MVC, Web API, Razor Pages, and Microservices
  2. Mobile
  3. Console
  4. Desktop Applications (Starting from 3.0)
  5. IoT
  6. ML
  7. Gaming Applications
  8. Cloud Applications

Application Types: We will discuss the following as part of this course.

  1. ASP.NET Core with Razor Pages
  2. ASP.NET Core with MVC (ASP.NET Core MVC or Core MVC or MVC Core)
  3. ASP.NET Core with WEB API (ASP.NET Core Web API or Core Web API or Web API Core)
  4. ASP.NET Core with Angular (Single Page Application)
  5. ASP.NET Core with React JS (Single Page Application)
  6. ASP.NET Core with React JS & Redux (Single Page Application)

Note: If we missed any topics in this ASP.NET Core Course, please let us know by commenting in the Comment Box, and we promise that as soon as possible, we will publish articles on that topic. 

Lastly, your valuable feedback is essential and means a lot to us. So, if you have a few minutes, please let us know your thoughts and feedback on this ASP.NET Core course.

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Author: Pranaya Rout Pranaya Rout is a Senior Technical Architect with more than 11 Years of Experience, Microsoft MVP, Author, YouTuber, and Blogger eager to learn new technologies. Pranaya Rout has published more than 3,000 articles in his 11-year career. Pranaya Rout has very good experience with Microsoft Technologies, Including C#, VB, ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET Web API, EF, EF Core, ADO.NET, LINQ, SQL Server, MYSQL, Oracle, ASP.NET Core, Cloud Computing, Microservices, Design Patterns and still learning new technologies.

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ASP.NET Core MVC – HTML Helpers

ASP.NET Core MVC – Tag Helpers

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    NET Core with React JS (Single Page Application)
    NET Core with React JS & Redux (Single Page Application)

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