How can Blazor apps add your bottom line

By June 10, 2020November 3rd, 2020Articles

I love my job, but there are rough days.

One of those rough days is when you spend hours working on a solution only to find out that it didn’t meet your expectations and you have no choice but to start over (not to mention, having to explain the situation to a client who may not understand the challenges of web application development).

We can attribute several delays to inefficient processes in application development, which is why I am excited about Blazor web apps.

Apps developed using Microsoft Blazor have the potential to add tremendous value to the bottom line and ensure all parties benefit. Clients benefit because apps can be developed more efficiently, while application development firms benefit because they use a technology that makes their lives significantly easier.

Furthermore, it is possible to build progressive web apps (PWA) that can be installed on mobile devices. However, that is a subject for a different article.

What’s the big deal with Blazor apps?

To explain the big deal behind Blazor apps, we need to take a look at Microsoft Blazor. As some of you know, it’s an open-source framework for developing web applications. For a long time, only the server-side was available to developers, but recently, Microsoft announced that the client-side would also be available with Microsoft WebAssembly 3.2.0.

Blazor apps are a big deal for businesses because of the ease and convenience it brings to web development applications. Blazor comes with several features, like dependency interjections and JavaScript Interop, which eases the development of Blazor apps.

For example, Blazor comes with the entire stack of .Net runtime libraries, so developers don’t have to waste time rewriting code. They can ‘bring in’ code to support an application, without having to worry about code validation or transfer data across both .Net and JavaScript layers.

These actions can save a lot of time for developers working on Blazor apps, adding value to the bottom line.

Furthermore, developing apps with Blazor is a relatively simple task compared to working with other frameworks. Certain features, like fetching data and communicating with a database are relatively simple tasks on Blazor, compared to other languages. These features make development easier, which means Blazor apps can be developed more efficiently.

Blazor apps are perfectly suited for business applications where a constant connection is necessary. On Blazor, application code runs on the server-side so that the data layer is well-connected. But beyond that, the possibilities of what Blazor apps can do are limitless.

This is because Blazor allows programmers to perform certain functions, like write back-end languages like C#, opening up possibilities where there were once restrictions.

As a programming language, C# has several advantages that Javascript doesn’t. It can support code written in any .Net language and supports several other features that are not found on Javascript, like Properties, Indexes, Structures, Preprocessors and Operator Overloading, all of which help with the efficient creation of web applications.

There is also the issue of security, Blazor apps are developed from the same environment as JavaScript, so the apps developed will not be doing anything suspicious on client machines.

Blazor apps have incredible reach because they are supported on all browsers, both mobile and desktop. So clients benefit because any apps made with Blazor will work on all major browsers, maximising their reach.

Developers can also share DTO definitions between the browser hosted on the Blazor WASM client and the ASP.Net Core Server. This means developers can avoid a lot of unnecessary work, like generating client-side Javascript object models.

Avoiding these extra steps in the development process means avoiding other costly mistakes, like mismatches in datatypes. Sharing datatypes has proven to be a real time-saver for developers, they can put more focus on productive work, instead of wasting time fixing mistakes.

Finally, apps built with Blazor Server require fewer abstractions. This is because the apps don’t require a Web API service to communicate with a database when app data is on the same server. This means developers can add the services directly into the application, making it much easier to compose the app within a single project, as opposed to multiple projects.

Blazor apps for the win!

The technical benefits of Blazor apps add tremendous value to both the developer and the client. The developer benefits because it makes processes more efficient, making it easy to develop sophisticated web applications in a shorter time period.

Clients also end up benefitting from the technical shortcuts Blazor provides because they will get their apps a lot sooner than usual. That means less time spent completing the final product, giving more room for fine-tuning and polishing.

With the tremendous value on offer from Blazor apps, the continued evolution of Blazor and what it can do for web application development is an exciting prospect for both development companies and their clients.