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'Blazor United' Deep Dive Coming Tomorrow

Since Microsoft's Steve Sanderson teased a prototype "Blazor United" project last month in a video, the company has basically been mum on the subject, but that's changing with a deep dive tomorrow.

That deep dive was announced in a livestreamed ASP.NET Community Standup session last week and will occur in the same venue this week live on YouTube at 10 a.m. PT tomorrow, Feb. 14, here.

After Sanderson unveiled the project a couple weeks ago (see the Visual Studio Magazine article, "Steve Sanderson Wows Web-Devs with Peek at 'Blazor United' for .NET 8"), the dev team put it on the roadmap for .NET 8 (see the article, "ASP.NET Core Dev Team Launches 'Blazor United' Push for .NET 8").

ASP.NET Core Roadmap for .NET 8
[Click on image for larger view.] ASP.NET Core Roadmap for .NET 8 (source: Microsoft).

In the video, Sanderson said: "We've started some experiments to combine the advantages of Razor Pages, Blazor Server and Blazor WebAssembly all into one thing, so this would be a way for Blazor components to be a single architecture for all your web UI scenarios -- that's for plain HTML rendering and for full interactivity either server-side or on WebAssembly -- and that's all in one project with the ability to easily switch between different rendering modes and even mix them in the same page."

The tease was greeted with widespread enthusiasm, but as far as the nuts-and-bolts of how it will work (or any further details), very little is known, as the company has kept silent. In fact, Blazor United was just today added to Wikipedia's Blazor entry, but it's just based on that latter article mentioned above.

Catching Up with Razor Updates
[Click on image for larger view.] Catching Up with Razor Updates (source: Microsoft).

In last week's standup, Microsoft's Daniel Roth mentioned the deep dive in response to an audience question.

"Yes, yes, we'll be doing a deep dive into where we're at with Blazer United," said Roth, a principal program manager for ASP.NET. "If you haven't watched the video yet, aka.ms/blazor/united, Steve Sanderson put up that teaser trailer of some of the stuff we're doing for .NET 8. You should start to expect to see some of that work rolling out with, I think, the second preview of .NET 8, which we're getting close to the first preview of .NET 8, which usually is just like a 'Can we still build it?' type of release. Usually very little that's new goes in the first preview for a new major version. But preview two I think will start to be pulling in the server-side rendering features from Blazer United as part of that release. We'll be talking all about that next week."

New Razor Updates
[Click on image for larger view.] New Razor Updates (source: Microsoft).

In the meantime, last week's standup is worth viewing, as the team provided an update on the Razor Editor, detailing what work has been done since the last standup on that subject, over a year ago. It also discussed what's coming up.

For those interested in both discussions, the highlights are shown in the screenshots above. The team discussed everything from hot reload to drag-and-drop to the new Language Server Protocol (LSP)-based Razor Editor for ASP.NET Core in Visual Studio 2022.

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