Startup class explained

Here we are going to describe the content of the Startup class (Statup.cs module) - all services and middlewares set up there.

Any Startup class in ASP.NET Core application includes 3 main parts:

  • The constructor

  • ConfigureServices method
    Here we register all necessary services in the Dependency Injection (DI) container, setup configuration and authentication.

  • Configure method
    This is the place where we setup the middleware pipeline for our project.

Let's take a look closer at any of these functions:

Startup constructor

As in any other class constructors we initialize here the fields and properties which are used during the object's life-time. In our case these are:

  • Configuration property that contains all application settings collected from appsettings.json file, environment variables and whatever other setting sources we set up for our program


  • Env property that contains some information about the current hosting environment

Additionally we read the MultiTenancy option from the configuration and save it to a static field for easier access in other parts of the application (this options can't be changed after the application start).


As said above, ConfigureServices is responsible for registration of different service classes in the DI container. Let's take a look close what we do here

DbContext(s) intialization

Here we set the connection string for our DbContext (we take it from the configuration). MigrationsAssembly call sets our web project as a storage for our data migrations. Our DbContext classes actually belong to another project (ERS.Infrastructure) but we want to tie up our data configuration to our "frontend" project.

The next call is this section (AddDbContexts) is an extension method defined later in this module. It registers "context accessors" and two special contextes which are bound to the currently logged user and to the team this user belongs. Here "bound" means that the corresponding DbContext built in a such way that every operation will not goes beyound the current team or user respecively. For example, if you try to get the list of reports from UserBoundDbContext - it will return you only the reports that belongs to the current user.

Identity (authentication/authorization)

Session, Distributed Cache and MVC

EasyQuery services

Other application services



coming soon...