Blazor Visual Studio Templates Renamed as .NET Core 3.0 Finish Line Nears
Even though the groundbreaking .NET Core 3.0 is nearing general availability and the dev team has switched gears to focus on stability and reliability, new tweaks and enhancements are still appearing in the latest preview 8.
For example, ASP.NET Core's Blazor project -- for Web development with WebAssembly and C# -- has simplified and renamed Visual Studio templates and a new replacement for the Blazor Class Library template, which is now Razor Class Library.
To follow a consistent naming style and simplify the number of templates, Microsoft said:
- The "Blazor (server-side)" template is now called "Blazor Server App." Use blazorserver to create a Blazor Server app from the command-line.
- The "Blazor" template is now called "Blazor WebAssembly App." Use blazorwasm to create a Blazor WebAssembly app from the command-line.
- To create an ASP.NET Core hosted Blazor WebAssembly app, select the "ASP.NET Core hosted" option in Visual Studio, or pass the --hosted on the command-line
Meanwhile, the Razor Class Library template is now set up for Razor component development by default and the Blazor Class Library template has been removed in favor of new Razor Class Library projects that target .NET Standard, enabling them to be leveraged from both Blazor Server and Blazor WebAssembly apps.
Microsoft said it also cleaned up top-level Visual Studio templates so that some ASP.NET Core templates are no longer duplicated in dialogs, also noting that the Angular template has been updated to Angular 8.
The company's list of other changes in preview 8 includes:
- Case-sensitive component binding
- Improved reconnection logic for Blazor Server apps
- NavLink component updated to handle additional attributes
- Culture aware data binding
- Automatic generation of backing fields for @ref
- Razor Pages support for @attribute
- New networking primitives for non-HTTP Servers
- Unix domain socket support for the Kestrel Sockets transport
- gRPC support for CallCredentials
- ServiceReference tooling in Visual Studio
- Diagnostics improvements for gRPC
More information is available in the release notes for .NET Core 3.0, which is expected to become generally available next month.
David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.