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What is dependency injection in ASP.NET Core?

Dependency injection (DI) in ASP.NET Core is a design pattern and technique for managing object dependencies and promoting loose coupling between components in a web application. It allows classes and components to declare their dependencies explicitly and receive them from an external source, typically a dependency injection container, rather than creating them internally.


The purpose of dependency injection in ASP.NET Core includes:


Decoupling Dependencies: Dependency injection promotes loose coupling between classes and components by removing direct dependencies on concrete implementations. Classes depend on abstractions or interfaces rather than concrete types, making them more modular, flexible, and easier to maintain and test.


Inversion of Control (IoC): Dependency injection follows the principle of inversion of control (IoC), where control over object creation and lifecycle management is delegated to a separate component, known as the dependency injection container. The container is responsible for resolving dependencies and injecting them into classes when they are requested.


Testability: Dependency injection improves the testability of ASP.NET Core applications by facilitating the use of mock objects and stubs in unit tests. Classes and components can be tested in isolation by substituting real dependencies with mock implementations, allowing developers to focus on testing the behavior of individual units of code.


Flexibility and Extensibility: Dependency injection allows developers to configure and customize the behavior of an application by swapping out implementations of dependencies at runtime. This enables features such as pluggable architectures, modular design, and runtime composition of services and components.


Centralized Configuration: Dependency injection centralizes the configuration of object dependencies and their lifetimes within the application’s startup logic. Dependencies are registered and configured in a single location, typically the ConfigureServices method of the startup class, making it easier to manage and maintain the application’s dependency graph.


Dependency injection is a fundamental concept in ASP.NET Core that promotes modularity, testability, and maintainability by decoupling object dependencies and facilitating the composition of loosely coupled components.

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