The Dew Review – Customizing ASP.NET Core 6.0 from @packtpub

I recently received a review copy of Customizing ASP.NET Core 6.0 in eBook format. This Packt Publishing title was written by J├╝rgen Gutsch and will be available in early 2022 (you can pre-order print or Kindle versions now).

This is not your run-of-the-mill “getting started with ASP.NET Core” book. There are plenty of books and other online resources to get started building web applications with .NET. This book assumes you are familiar with the basics of ASP.NET Core development and dives right into the intermediate and advanced concepts (the good stuff). These are the things developers need to understand to build really robust, scalable, performant web applications.

I won’t re-hash the entire table of contents for you, but some of the most important (in my opinion) topics covered are:

  • Writing a BackgroundService
  • Writing Custom Middleware
  • Working with ASP.NET Core Identity and Customizing Identity Management
  • Custom ModelBinders and ActionFilters
  • Caching concepts

The sample code for each chapter is concise, self-contained, and can be applied to real-world applications. All of this sample code is freely available to readers on GitHub. I love that Packt using GitHub for their books’ sample code. It’s a great way for readers to work with the code and interact with the author and other community members. Readers have provided some great feedback to me through GitHub issues on my WinUI book‘s repository.

The author does a great job covering the topics that are important to enterprise web application developers using the latest recommended techniques in ASP.NET Core 6. I would recommend this book to ASP.NET Core developers or other experienced .NET developers looking to get started building web apps.

Happy reading!

.NET Conf, Packt Publishing, and My Book – Learn WinUI 3

.NET Conf 2021 is coming up on November 9-11. It’s going to be an exciting week with both Visual Studio 2022 and .NET 6 being released. There has been no date announced yet for the Windows App SDK 1.0 and WinUI 3 release, but I expect them to launch very soon as well. We do know that the third release candidate for Windows App SDK 1.0 will be coming this week!

Packt Publishing is one of the sponsors of .NET Conf this year. They will also be taking part in the secret decoder challenge for conference attendees. The contest will give the audience the chance to win a $500 prize from Packt. Make sure you watch .NET Conf to find out how you can participate and win great prizes from many of the sponsors, including Packt.

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As part of the challenge, Packt has launched a .NET Conf storefront on Amazon featuring books about .NET, ASP.NET Core, Visual Studio, Blazor, WinUI, and more. Check out the books to get a jump on the latest from Microsoft and .NET.

The full .NET Conf 2021 agenda is now available. Save the date, learn about .NET, and win some great prizes! And don’t forget to check out my book, Learn WinUI 3 from Packt!

Learn WinUI 3.0

Announcing Learn WinUI 3.0 from Packt Publishing and a Contest

I’m thrilled to announce that my new book from Packt Publishing, Learn WinUI 3.0, was published in late March. You can buy your eBook or print copy today from Amazon or Packt’s web site.

Windows UI (WinUI) 3 is Microsoft’s next generation library for creating Windows applications with Fluent Design. WinUI 3 was released in March with Project Reunion 0.5 and is fully supported for building Win32 applications. Learn more about WinUI and Project Reunion on Microsoft Docs here.

I would like to thank Nick Randolph, who was the technical reviewer for the book. His feedback on the book’s chapters and sample code were instrumental in delivering a great resource for Windows developers. I was lucky to have him involved in this project. If you aren’t already following Nick’s blog, go check it out now. He has been posting some great WinUI, Reunion, and Uno Platform content in recent weeks.

If you would like to win a print copy of Learn WinUI 3.0, read on. I am going to give away four copies of the book to readers of four of my blogs:

Leave a comment on this post on any of these blogs with the name of your favorite Windows or .NET development blogger. I will pick a random comment from each blog to select the four book winners. You can comment on each blog if you like, but please only comment once on each post. Comment moderation is enabled on all the blogs, so it could take a little time for your comment to appear. Make sure you sign up with a valid email address when leaving a comment. The contest closes at 11:59PM EDT on May 14th, 2021. I will ship books to winners worldwide. Please allow some time to receive the book if you are outside of the U.S.

Good luck and I hope you all enjoy my book! If you already have a copy, win one, or buy one, please leave honest ratings and reviews on Amazon. Thanks!