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ASP.NET Weekly - Issue #28

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Happy Friday everyone! This week I am taking a departure from the usual format, as I want to highligh
 
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ASP.NET Weekly
Happy Friday everyone!
This week I am taking a departure from the usual format, as I want to highlight two ASP.NET-related news issues which surfaced over the past week, namely the ASP.NET Core 2.1 Roadmap and Blazor.
You’ll find all the links not related to these two issues at the bottom of the newsletter.
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- Jerrie Pelser

ASP.NET Core 2.1 Roadmap
The .NET Core team has released the roadmap for ASP.NET Core 2.1, as well as .NET Core 2.1 and Entity Framework 2.1.
Some of the highlights include the addition of SignalR and Webhooks, as well as various Razor improvements - such as the compilation of Razor pages.
The first preview should be available this month, with the final release slated for the northern hemisphere summer (i.e. sometime towards the middle of the year).
To get the full details on what is coming, you can refer to the official ASP.NET Core 2.1 Roadmap.
As mentioned before, Microsoft also released the .NET Core 2.1 Roadmap, as well as the Entity Framework Core 2.1 Roadmap.
On the .NET Core side, some of the highlights include faster build times and global tools. On the EF side, you can look forward to lazy loading, seed data and much more!
A few bloggers have also written blog posts discussing their personal favourite features from the roadmap:

And finally, the various .NET Core teams also did a series of videos discussing the roadmap (Part 1), as well as demoing some of those new features on the roadmap (Part 2).
Blazor
The second thing I want to highlight is that more information has surfaced on Blazor, which is a framework for browser-based (client-side) applications written in .NET, running under WebAssembly.
This was first demonstrated by Steve Sanderson at NDC Oslo in 2017 (watch from 31:45).
Well, it seems that more work has gone into this as Dan Roth discusses in A new experiment: Browser-based web apps with .NET and Blazor. Also, read Blazor: a technical introduction for deeper technical details on Blazor.
I am curious to see how this all plays out, but potentially this will mean that .NET developers can use the tools we know and love to build rich client-side applications, and won’t have to resort to JavaScript and frameworks like Angular, React, etc.
Exciting times ahead!
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