Did you ever wonder what is a nice way of structuring your Blazor application?
I will show you how I structure my Blazor projects (as well as this very blog). What are the upside in contrast to the "default" structuring you get with the Blazor template.
The default has basically three main folders:
Data/ Pages/ Shared/
Pages describe basically every Blazor component, which has the
@page directive with a given route. Shared should describe Blazor components, which are used by the Pages. Last but not least we have Data, which in theory describes all DTO's as well as services which in some way or another load data and put them into the data.
In an ideal world, your page would load some data via the services in data. Afterwards depending on the needs your page then is composed out of multiple components, which live in Shared. If we want to go further and follow the smart-dumb components idea, then really only your pages should have the services and the components in shared should basically be slices of these data-holders.
What is the problem? Well that seems pretty nice and neat but as soon as your applications grows, these folders will get bloated. Sure you can compete against that with subfolders. The second and for me larger problem is, that you don't see what belongs together, because everything is in different places. For me it is important that everything should stay together, which belongs together.
So I propose a similar way as the .NET namespaces are organised. Have a look for example at:
System.Collections. There you find
System.Collections.Generic. So the deeper you go down the namespace "tree" the more specific you get.
Bringing this now to the Blazor world. The first thing I propose: Put everything together in one folder and call this folder: Features. Yes, just that: Features. It is important to understand that your application consists out of multiple features. That is the reason your user are using your software, so do the mental shift as well. That is important and helps a lot.
Now a feature can consist even out of multiple pages (to use the old notation). Each page then consume services and consists out of components, so a typical feature would look like this:
Features/ +- Home/ ¦ +- Components/ ¦ ¦ +- Hero.razor ¦ ¦ +- ShortBlogPost.razor ¦ +- Services/ ¦ ¦ +- ImageLoader.cs ¦ +- Index.razor
Now pretty nice because you can see that those components belong together. Another question which will directly come is: What if I have components shared over multiple features? Good question. And sure this is something essential in every modern website. For example the
Hero.razor, as well as another component in a different feature can you a custom styled button. Where does this button live?
For that we introduce a Component and even Service folder directly under Features to indicate that they can be used by multiple features. As rule of thumb: Only upper levels in your directory can call lower levels. So a component can never have a page inside (besides that it doesn't make sense in the first place).
Another point: On feature can consist out of multiple pages. Update and Create are most common, so often times they belong together. So let's have a final example:
Features/ +- BlogPostEditor/ ¦ +- Components/ ¦ ¦ +- BlogPostForm.razor ¦ +- CreateBlogPost.razor ¦ +- UpdateBlogPost.razor +- Components/ ¦ +- OkayButton.razor +- Home/ ¦ +- Components/ ¦ ¦ +- Hero.razor ¦ ¦ +- ShortBlogPost.razor ¦ +- Services/ ¦ ¦ +- ImageLoader.cs ¦ +- Index.razor
I hope I could give you a "better" way of structuring your Blazor project. If you want check out this very blog to get a bigger picture. Checkout the source of this blog.