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What's New for Blazor and ASP.NET Core in .NET Core 3.1 Preview 2

While the ASP.NET Core team primarily focused on bug fixes in the new .NET Core 3.1 Preview 2, there was a smattering of new functionality introduced in the webdev component.

Here's a rundown of those new features in ASP.NET Core, which includes Blazor to enable .NET-centric Web developers to use C# instead of JavaScript, thanks to WebAssembly.

  • New component tag helper: This is said to ease the use of Razor components from views and pages, which previously required rendering a component from a view or page using the RenderComponentAsync HTML helper. "The new component tag helper simplifies the syntax for rendering components from pages and views. Simply specify the type of the component you wish to render as well as the desired render mode. You can also specify component parameters using attributes prefixed with param-."
  • Prevent default actions for events in Blazor apps: "You can now prevent the default action for events in Blazor apps using the new @oneventname:preventDefault directive attribute."
  • Stop event propagation in Blazor apps: "Use the new @oneventname:stopPropagation directive attribute to stop event propagation in Blazor apps."
  • Validation of nested models in Blazor forms: This experimental feature, presented for early developer feedback rather than inclusion in .NET Core 3.1, improves on the existing built-in DataAnnotationsValidator used to validate form input using data annotations. It can only validate top-level properties of a model bound to a form. "To validate the entire object graph of the bound model, try out the new ObjectGraphDataAnnotationsValidator available in the experimental Microsoft.AspNetCore.Blazor.DataAnnotations.Validation package."
  • Detailed errors during Blazor app development: This helps developers get detailed error information in order to troubleshoot and fix issues. "Blazor apps now display a gold bar at the bottom of the screen when an error occurs. During development, in Blazor Server apps, the gold bar will direct you to the browser console where you can see the exception that has occurred."

All of the above and more is detailed in an announcement post published by program manager Daniel Roth during Microsoft's Ignite conference. More information can be found in the release notes and the GitHub project. Our coverage of the .NET Core 3.1 Preview 2 release also announced today can be found here.

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