ASP.NET Core is a cross-platform, high-performance, open-source framework for building modern, cloud-based, Internet-connected applications. With ASP.NET Core, you can:
- Build web apps and services, IoT apps, and mobile backends.
- Use your favorite development tools on Windows, macOS, and Linux.
- Deploy to the cloud or on-premises.
- Run on .NET Core or .NET Framework.
Why use ASP.NET Core?
Millions of developers have used (and continue to use) ASP.NET 4.x to create web apps. ASP.NET Core is a redesign of ASP.NET 4.x, with architectural changes that result in a leaner, more modular framework.
ASP.NET Core provides the following benefits:
- A unified story for building web UI and web APIs.
- Integration of modern, client-side frameworks and development workflows.
- A cloud-ready, environment-based configuration system.
- Built-in dependency injection.
- A lightweight, high-performance, and modular HTTP request pipeline.
- Ability to host on IIS, Nginx, Apache, Docker, or self-host in your own process.
- Side-by-side app versioning when targeting .NET Core.
- Tooling that simplifies modern web development.
- Ability to build and run on Windows, macOS, and Linux.
- Open-source and community-focused.
ASP.NET Core ships entirely as NuGet packages. This allows you to optimize your app to include only the necessary NuGet packages. In fact, ASP.NET Core 2.x apps targeting .NET Core only require a single NuGet package. The benefits of a smaller app surface area include tighter security, reduced servicing, and improved performance.
Build web APIs and web UI using ASP.NET Core MVC
- The Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern helps make your web APIs and web apps testable.
- Razor Pages (new in ASP.NET Core 2.0) is a page-based programming model that makes building web UI easier and more productive.
- Razor markup provides a productive syntax for Razor Pages and MVC views.
- Tag Helpers enable server-side code to participate in creating and rendering HTML elements in Razor files.
- Built-in support for multiple data formats and content negotiation lets your web APIs reach a broad range of clients, including browsers and mobile devices.
- Model binding automatically maps data from HTTP requests to action method parameters.
- Model validation automatically performs client- and server-side validation.
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