OWIN – An Open Web Interface for .NET Technologies

  • Posted on : September 7, 2014
  • Modified: March 1, 2022

  • Author : SPEC INDIA
  • Category : ASP .NET

What is OWIN ?

OWIN or the Open Web Interface for .NET defines a standard interface between ASP.NET web servers and web applications.

ASP.NET is a server-side Web application framework designed for Web development to produce dynamic Web pages. It allows programmers to build dynamic web sites, web applications and web services. ASP.NET is built on the Common Language Runtime (CLR), allowing programmers to write ASP.NET code using any supported .NET language.

The .NET Framework family also includes two versions for mobile or Embedded device use. A reduced version of the framework, the .NET Compact Framework, is available on Windows CE platforms, including Windows Mobile devices such as smartphones. Additionally, the .NET Micro Framework is targeted at severely resource-constrained devices.

The main aim of the OWIN interface is to decouple server and the applications making it easier to create middleware for .NET web development. OWIN promotes the the development of simple modules for .NET web development. Being an open standard it supports open source development for .NET web development tools. OWIN makes it easier to port web applications to other hosts.

OWIN defines the structure and requirements of the HTTP request and response interactions.

Benefits of OWIN

  • Decouples applications from a specific web or application server
  • Runs applications on many more platforms with ease

Microsoft promotes a set of components for building/hosting OWIN-based web apps called Katana. Katana is a flexible set of components for building and hosting OWIN-based web applications. The Katana project represents the set of OWIN components that are built and released by Microsoft. They are under the roof of Microsoft Open Technologies and released as open-source.

These components include various infrastructure and functional components

  • Infrastructure Components
    • Hosts
    • Servers
  • Functional Components
    • Authentication Components
    • Bindings to frameworks
      • SignalR
      • ASP.NET Web API.

Katana proves as advantageous as Node.js and similar frameworks because of the simplicity with which it allows the development and implementation of a Web server.

OWIN Middleware:OWIN_Middleware

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