3 Reasons why Blazor will be the preferred framework for developing web applications

By August 27, 2020Articles

When you think about technologies that facilitate web application development, you will be hardpressed to find a framework that is as helpful as Blazor

In fact, I predict that Blazor is going to be the preferred framework for building web applications. 

It is a bold prediction to make, and one never knows how technologies fare in the software development industry, but when I talk to my colleagues or look at the daily productivity reports, it is hard not to imagine Blazor becoming the first choice for developing web applications, or at least one of the most popular ones in the future. As Microsoft continues to expand its functionalities, we will see Blazor become one of the top application frameworks for creating web applications.

Why is Blazor becoming the preferred choice?

There are several reasons why Blazor is becoming the preferred choice for web developers. But for now, here are just three of them.

SPA is becoming the norm 

SPA is becoming the norm in creating web applications because it allows page content to be loaded dynamically by manipulating DOM elements on the existing webpage. This is a contrast to older web page architecture where a webpage connects to the HTML pages via the server, and the browser has to download and display the entire webpage. 

SPAs are becoming more popular because they allow for much faster load speeds and interaction with the webpage. 

With developers looking to create richer and more sophisticated applications for the web, they will turn to frameworks that can facilitate the development of rich web applications without increasing overhead costs. 

With Blazor being a SPA framework that can streamline development, it is only a matter of time before the programming framework becomes the preferred tool for web application development.

It reduces the learning curve 

When compared to older programming languages like Javascript, Blazor is remarkably easy to learn. One reason behind the gentle learning curve is the framework, it allows developers to leverage other languages like C# and .Net. 

Beyond removing coding barriers, the framework is also very easy to pick up. Blazor is designed in such a way that developers with different skillsets can learn the application framework without any significant relearning. 

Blazor managed this remarkable ease of access by incorporating concepts from Javascript frameworks and .Net concepts so that developers can ease themselves into the framework. This familiarity and ease of learning make the framework more appealing to developers who are looking for technology that is easy to incorporate into their work without a lot of time and effort required. 

One of the reasons why developers are looking for alternatives to Javascript is because the programming language has become difficult to learn. The easier it is to learn, the easier it is to adopt, which is why Blazor will become a huge development tool in the future.

Microsoft is adding new features 

Blazor is light on features, especially when compared to some of its contemporaries. This is because Blazor is relatively young. However, Microsoft is slowly changing the conversation by updating the framework with new features that expand what it does. For example, in February of this year, Microsoft announced a series of new functions like token-based authentication, progressive web applications and better debugging tools.

Furthermore, developers can build native mobile apps using some of the powerful programming languages for Android and iOS platforms: C# and .Net. With PWAs becoming more common, developers will have an easier time creating better user experiences than before.

What is going to happen with Blazor in the future?

The coming months will see a lot of exciting changes and developments for Blazor. In May of this year, Microsoft rolled out Blazor WebAseembly 3.2, which had some new features on offer like attaching tokens to outgoing requests and reading configuration during startup. 

With advances in WebAssembly and .Net 5, development of advanced web applications will be significantly easier. The improvement will streamline development and slowly erode one of the few drawbacks of Blazor – lack of functionality compared to other programming frameworks (for now).

Given how well Blazor streamlines the development of more powerful, more advanced web applications, the programming framework will continue to grow in popularity in the future. That’s something we can all look forward to.