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Top 13 .Net Core Features You Need to Know

Rakia Binte Khalid Aug 05, 2019

DotNet Core is the variant of the DotNet framework. It is an open-source cross-platform framework which helps development teams to create scalable, fast and top-performing web applications. With every update, new features are introduced to help developers deploy high-performance and extremely scalable web applications while using minimal code. The latest Asp.NET Core 2.2 puts forward some awe-inspiring features which bring the best aspects from the old .NET framework. Asp.NET Core includes the latest Web Pages, MVC, Web API, Razor, SignalR and what not. You can either use them separately or in the same application. It is known to be Microsoft’s most successful platform and is foreseen as a next-generation development platform. The great thing about Asp.NET Core is that developers need the same expertise to work with Asp. Net Core as for .Net Framework.

“Here in this article, we have outlined ASP.NET Core new features to help you find solutions to the problems in your applications and improve efficiency”.

Latest Features in ASP.NET Core

  1. Better Outcomes

ASP.NET Core has overshadowed the classic ASP.NET by a factor of 10. It has been guaranteed by Microsoft team that ASP.NET performs much better than the present microservice technologies (Node.js, Go, and Java servlet). It runs way faster than the classic one because of its serialization, compression, networking, concurrency, which are modern in the era of Web APIs.

  1. Operational Models

Having unified models, the MVC and Web API development models use the same controller base class. This helps the controller to expose the features of HTML (view) and Web Service. The MVC model of ASP.NET Core facilitates the features of building testable web APIs and web applications. Moreover, with the additional built-in support for multiple data formats and content negotiation, your web APIs can be applied across a wide range of platforms, such as browsers and mobile devices.

  1. Cross-platform Functionality

If we talk about targeting Mac OS, Linux or Unix systems, .Net Core undoubtedly becomes an eminent choice. ASP.Net Core can be used to apply the latest technologies including Docker, Microsoft Azure, Kubernetes, and others. Along with various other functionalities, .NET Core SDK provides many command-line tools to help create, compile, build, and publish a. NET Core application on any OS.

  1. Razor Pages

Razor pages are yet another new feature presented by ASP.NET Core 2.0. It is yet another aspect of ASP.NET Core MVC that brings ease for the developers in terms of making coding page-focused scenarios easier and more constructive. It is supported by the dependency injection in the startup class. With the introduction of new pages, independent controller views are applied with which the development of scenarios have become more fluid while clarifying your solution’s architecture.

  1. New Health Checks API

ASP.NET Core 2 also contains numerous libraries that explain abstraction and HealthCheck as well as middleware. A project named ‘BeatPulse’ was launched when no health check application libraries were available which filled the gap in the ASP.NET Core ecosystem. ASP.NET Core now supports Microsoft’s new Health Checks API. It helped developers aptly and quickly adds health checks to multiple systems and dependencies using them.

  1. Dependency addition

Dependency injection has always been at the core of development issues as it allows for weak coupling and better code testability. The framework now combines a whole new architecture related to the injection of dependency. ASP.NET Core’s modularity and flexibility rely heavily on dependency injection, which is one of ASP.NET Core’s key features. Since ASP.NET supports native dependency injection management, developers will no longer need third-party tools to accomplish this practice.

  1. Swagger Support

There’s no denying the fact that swagger has become the most famous technology to explain and design RESTful APIs. ASP.NET Core supports Swagger Open APIs which enables developers to document and develop APIs while retaining code synchronization.

  1. Self-Hosting

Like traditional versions, ASP.NET Core apps do not require hosting IIS anymore. They can now self-host or host for Linux distributions on Nginx. It arises from the willingness to launch a. NET core application on all platforms independently. Even in production, for the self-hosted application, IIS (or Nginx) is a reverse proxy.

  1. SPA Template

Asp. Net Core comes with the latest SPA templates for Angular & React. So, now if you are developing a project with SPA templates, all the packages needed for both Angular and React will be preinstalled and will automatically use NPM. Additionally, it is also supporting Angular CLI which comes in handy for developers.

  1. Code Help

There are numbers of popular APIs supported by ASP.NET Core with .NET Framework in relation to Unix, Linux and OS X-specific APIs. All the common APIs are gathered into .NET Standard which is imposed by .NET Core as well as .NET Framework. This applies that any code targeting .NET Standards can run on NET Core and as well as .NET Framework, due to which the code is conveniently shared between the two platforms.

  1. SignalR Integration

Along with other handy features which ASP.NET Core has to offer, it also includes adding a Java client to SignalR. A vast library such as of ASP.NET can help send server code to asynchronous notifications to customer-side web applications. As for the Java added client, it supports Java code link to the SignalR Server, including Android apps.

  1. Create Caching

Asp. Net Core also facilitates Output Cashing which means it supports creating cache for the most repeatedly used resources and static files. So, the next time when a customer opens an application, the cache is going to first serve him. Such an exciting feature can really contribute towards the acceleration of the web application’s speed and user experience.

  1. Powerful Compilation

ASP.NET Core also facilitates powerful compilation which is performed in memory. Thence, as soon as it saves the code changes, a simple browser refresh helps its activation. Moreover, ASP.NET Core 2.2 supports the development of basic minimal web services. So, you can make use of this multi-platform structure for the:

• Creation of web applications and services, IoT apps and mobile back-ends. 
• Using your preferred macOS, Windows, and Linux development tools. 
• Deployment either in the cloud or locally. 
• Run-on the. NET Core or. NET Framework.


In this article, we tried explaining some of the key and latest features of .Net Framework. Microsoft and the Community together put a lot of efforts and hard work for making .Net Core an efficient and powerful framework which can help developers in developing apps rapidly with the highest level of scalability and performance. The cherry on the top is that any .Net Developer does not need to learn any skill or get any special training to work on .Net Core. This is yet another reason why developers readily embraced .Net Core in a very short span.