In June, Microsoft announced ASP.NET Core with many new features and architectural changes. In addition to being open source and cross-platform, the latest version of ASP.NET is both modular and leaner. Also, the new features included in ASP.NET Core enable programmers to build robust web applications, Internet of Things (IoT) apps, and mobile back-ends efficiently and rapidly. The developers also have option to deploy these applications in a number of ways – web server and cloud. They also have option take advantage of several front-end and back-end frameworks to reduce the amount of time and effort required for building, testing, deploying a variety of ASP.NET applications.
Brief Overview of 12 Widely Used ASP.NET Frameworks
The library enables developers to add real-time functionality to the ASP.NET application without putting extra effort. SignalR is designed with features to push server-side content to the connected client almost instantaneously. Hence, the programmers can use SignalR to make the application deliver updated and real-time information and content to users without requiring them to refresh the web pages frequently.
The lightweight web framework helps programmers to build HTTP-based services for .NET. Nancyfx can also be hosted in a number of ways. Despite being lightweight, Nancyfx support a variety of requests – GET, POST, DELETE, PATCH, HEAD and OPTIONS. The domain specific language provided by the framework enables programmers to return responses without writing longer lines of code. The developers also have option to integrate Nancyfx with several commonly used view engines.
The logging abstraction for .NET makes it easier for developers to switch between multiple logging implementations. At present, Common-Logging supports several widely used solutions like Microsoft Event Tracing for Windows, Microsoft Enterprise Library logging, Microsoft Application Insights, NLog, log4net and Serilog. Hence, it becomes easier for developers to monitor and gather information about the ASP.NET applications by using multiple logging solutions simultaneously.
Often programmers find it daunting and boring to write code mapping one object to another. Automapper is designed as a simple library to make it easier for programmers to write code mapping one object to another efficiently. In addition to being simple and easy to use, Automapper is also highly extensible.
5) Castle Windsor
Castle Windsor is one of the more mature control containers for .NET. The design goal of Castle Windsor is to enable programmers to write web and enterprise applications without adhering to a specific architecture. It enables developers to pick and use tools according to the specific needs of each project. Castle Windsor further simplifies ASP.NET application development by providing an array of extension points.
As its name indicates, the library boosts the performance of ASP.NET applications by implementing caching on both client-side and server-side. CacheCow enables developers to work with minimal configuration, and avail features like verification on cached items and flexible resource organization. It further uses message handlers to intercept both client-side and server-side requests and responses.
The open source framework is often referred as a data structure server. In addition to supporting a variety of values – strings, bitmaps, sets, lists, sorted sets, and hashes, Radis further allows developers to access mutable data structure through a set of commands. As it send the commands using a server-client model with TCP sockets, it becomes easier for programmers to customize the querying process without making changes to the data structure.
The open source job scheduling framework is written in C#. The .NET library is further designed with features to complement the requirements of ASP.NET applications of varying nature and scale. The users have option to run Quartz.NET either as a standalone application or embed it into another application. But they can avail the features provided by a server-client model with TCP sockets Quartz.NET to schedule and run jobs daily, weekly, monthly or yearly based on triggers.
ServiceStack makes it easier for ASP.NET developers to accomplish common programming tasks by providing a wide variety of tools. The developers can avail the tools provide by ServiceStack to accomplish tasks like caching, session, messaging, authentication, security, auto mapping, ORM, logging, MVC integration, and HTTP utilities. They can further reduce development time significantly by reusing the tools and services provided by ServiceStack across multiple projects.
The open source library helps ASP.NET developers to adopt test-driven development and make unit tests maintainable. Unlike other unit testing tools, AutoFixture does not require users to create additional and unnecessary objects. Also, it enables testers to focus on the specific feature or functionality of the application to be tested, instead of exploring ways to set up the test scenario properly. The testers can further take advantage of the features of AutoFixture to object graphs that contain the test data.
XUnit is one of the most popular unit testing frameworks for .NET. Many testers use XUnit to assess the individual units of the source code of the ASP.NET application efficiently. The preset templates provided by XUnit makes it easier for testers to perform unit testing without putting extra time and effort. But the ASP.NET developers must use the latest version of XUnit and develop test cases based on the Fact attribute of XUnit to generate more reliable unit testing results.
12) Sharp Tests Ex
Sharp Tests Ex is often described as a set of extensible extensions. Its fluent syntax rules make it easier for testing professionals to generate more accurate and reliable unit testing results. The users can further take advantage of Sharp Tests Ex to switch from one testing framework to another without any hurdle. They are simply required to change the testing attribute of the test class while switching from one testing framework to another.
On the whole, the ASP.NET developers have option to choose from a wide range of back-end frameworks. But each framework may not complement all needs of the ASP.NET development project. Hence, they need to pick the ASP.NET frameworks according to specific needs of each project. Also, they need to complement the backend development tools with appropriate front-end frameworks. They can even combine multiple frameworks to deliver custom ASP.NET applications without putting extra time and effort.