Introduction to Blazor
Before we get into WebAssembly, let’s talk about Blazor. This framework runs through web standards, so there is no need to install any plugins or perform any transpilation for it to work. All the code is executed in the browser itself using a .NET runtime framework implemented in WebAssembly.
In other words, Blazor is an open-source framework created by Microsoft that is officially included in .NET Core 3.0 version for developing single-page applications (SPA) in .NET using Razor and C #.
How is Blazor different from other tools like Silverlight?
Blazor is implemented based on HTML, CSS, and other standard web technologies. It is a very complete framework for the development of SPAs, similar to the sophisticated development possible in Angular, React, and Vue applications. It is worth mentioning that Blazor has systems for bindings, routing, components, lifecycles, validations, templates, error management, dependency injection, and more. Blazor provides everything we need to create a high-quality web applications.
Note: The first version of Blazor was launched accompanying .NET Core 3.0 in September 2019, although only in one of its hosted models: the so-called server-side or Blazor Server.
Here is a demo website developed in Blazor: https://blazor-demo.github.io/.
What is WebAssembly?
The official WebAssembly website states: WebAssembly (abbreviated Wasm) is a binary instruction format for a stack-based virtual machine. Wasm is designed as a portable compilation target for programming languages, enabling deployment on the web for client and server applications.
That definition is not very easy to understand, so I will try to explain it not so literally. For me, Wasm enables the possibility that the web can execute more than one programming language, such as C++ and Rust, through an assembly process. With this process, we can improve the performance or speed of our applications, and we have the opportunity to implement new improvements and innovations on the web.
To encourage better web app development and functionality, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has promoted the use of Wasm. However, for Wasm to work, the browser must support it. For this reason, Mozilla (Firefox), Microsoft (Edge), Apple (Safari), and Google (Chrome) have participated in its development.
Note: WebAssembly applications can run in all current browser versions from these providers.
Advantages of WebAssembly
The advantages of Blazor WebAssembly are:
- High performance.
- W3C open web standard.
- No limitations for users.
- Possibility of using virtual reality in browsers.
- Compatible with all major browser providers.
- No new programming language is required.
- Allows C, C ++, or Rust for web application programming.
- Small file sizes, perfect for mobile browsing.
So, there are no excuses for developers to avoid studying WebAssembly in more detail.
Note: If you want to experiment with WebAssembly for the first time, you can do so in WebAssembly Studio, an online development environment for Wasm.
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To conclude, let’s remember that Blazor has grown into a professional web development platform used to build SPAs using C#/Razor and HTML executed in the browser. Its name comes from the combination of the words “Browser” and “Razor.”
This framework runs through web standards, so there is no need to use any plugin or perform any transpilation for it to work. This is because all the code is executed in the browser using a .NET runtime implemented in WebAssembly.
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