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ASP.NET vs .NET Core: What are the differences?

What is ASP.NET? An open source web framework for building modern web apps and services with .NET. .NET is a developer platform made up of tools, programming languages, and libraries for building many different types of applications.

What is .NET Core? An Open Source, General-Purpose Development Platform Maintained by Microsoft and the .NET Community. Cross-platform (supporting Windows, macOS, and Linux) and can be used to build device, cloud, and IoT applications.

ASP.NET and .NET Core can be categorized as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools.

.NET Core is an open source tool with 11.2K GitHub stars and 2.41K GitHub forks. Here's a link to .NET Core's open source repository on GitHub.

Performance Assessment Network (PAN), Making Waves, and Jitbit are some of the popular companies that use ASP.NET, whereas .NET Core is used by Catchpoint Systems, Bluebeam Software, and Kaggle. ASP.NET has a broader approval, being mentioned in 76 company stacks & 76 developers stacks; compared to .NET Core, which is listed in 54 company stacks and 71 developer stacks.

Decisions about ASP.NET and .NET Core
Christopher Wray
Web Developer at Soltech LLC · | 6 upvotes · 158.5K views

When I started on this project as the sole developer, I was new to web development and I was looking at all of the web frameworks available for the job. I had some experience with Ruby on Rails and I had looked into .net for a bit, but when I found Laravel, it felt like the best framework for me to get the product to market. What made me choose Laravel was the easy to read documentation and active community. Rails had great documentation, but lacked some features built in that I wanted out of the box, while .net had a ton of video documentation tutorials, but nothing as straightforward as Laravels. So far, I am happy with the decision I made, and looking forward to the website release!

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Alexander Krylkov
Sofrware Architect at Air Astana · | 2 upvotes · 82.4K views

Comparing to ASP.NET Core MVC or ASP.NET Core Web API Simplify.Web allows you to easily build your web-site or REST API without any additional/complicated setup, covering cases like localization by default. It's projects structure very lightweight, just a minimum amount of what you need to setup ASP.NET Core request pipeline.

It is build on top of Simplify.DI IOC container abstraction, no dependency on Microsoft.Extensions.DependencyInjection and it's syntax. You can easily switch between DryIoc, SimpleInjector, CastleWindsor etc.

Any internal module of Simplify.Web can be easily replaced on extended by your custom module, covering your custom cases.

For HTML pages generation Simplify.Templates can be used allowing you to use just regular plain HTML without additional setup.

Can be easily integrated with Simplify.WindowsServices converting your web application not just to web-application, but a standalone windows service which can also do some background jobs via Simplify.WindowsServices.

And it is open source, of course :)

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I was researching multiple high performance, concurent//parallel languages for the needs of authentication and authorization server, to be built on microservice architecture and Linux OS. Node.js with its asynchronous behavior and event loop suits the case best. Python Django & Flash turns to be slower and .NET Core & Framework wasn't the best choice for the Linux environment at the time (summer 2018).

I also tested Go lang and Rust, although they didn't meet the quick prototyping criteria as both languages are young and lacking libraries or battle-tested ORM.

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There has been a lot of buzz around having PostgreSQL for ASP.NET Core 3.1 web apps. But Configuring Identity Server 4 with PostgreSQL is a real challenge. I've made a simple video to configure the ASP.NET Core 3.1 based Web application that uses AngualrJS as front end with Single Page App capabilities with Identity Server 4 talking to the PostgreSQL database. Check out this Video tutorial on how to do that in detail You can access the entire code here on github

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Pros of ASP.NET
Pros of .NET Core
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    Great mvc
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    Easy to learn
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    Perfect to do any backend ( and a fast frontend) stuff
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    Great performance
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    It promotes better codebase architectures and organizat
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    All Platform (Mac, Linux, Windows)
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    Very fast development with templates

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Cons of ASP.NET
Cons of .NET Core
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    Not highly flexible for advance Developers
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    Entity framework is very slow
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    What is ASP.NET?

    .NET is a developer platform made up of tools, programming languages, and libraries for building many different types of applications.

    What is .NET Core?

    Cross-platform (supporting Windows, macOS, and Linux) and can be used to build device, cloud, and IoT applications.

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