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ASP.NET vs Play: What are the differences?

Developers describe ASP.NET as "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. On the other hand, Play is detailed as "The High Velocity Web Framework For Java and Scala". Play Framework makes it easy to build web applications with Java & Scala. Play is based on a lightweight, stateless, web-friendly architecture. Built on Akka, Play provides predictable and minimal resource consumption (CPU, memory, threads) for highly-scalable applications.

ASP.NET and Play can be primarily classified as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools.

Play is an open source tool with 11.2K GitHub stars and 3.77K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Play's open source repository on GitHub.

Coursera, Zalando, and Keen are some of the popular companies that use Play, whereas ASP.NET is used by Performance Assessment Network (PAN), Making Waves, and Jitbit. Play has a broader approval, being mentioned in 112 company stacks & 47 developers stacks; compared to ASP.NET, which is listed in 76 company stacks and 76 developer stacks.

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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 Play?

Play Framework makes it easy to build web applications with Java & Scala. Play is based on a lightweight, stateless, web-friendly architecture. Built on Akka, Play provides predictable and minimal resource consumption (CPU, memory, threads) for highly-scalable applications.
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      What are some alternatives to ASP.NET and Play?
      ASP.NET Core
      A free and open-source web framework, and higher performance than ASP.NET, developed by Microsoft and the community. It is a modular framework that runs on both the full .NET Framework, on Windows, and the cross-platform .NET Core.
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      JavaScript is most known as the scripting language for Web pages, but used in many non-browser environments as well such as node.js or Apache CouchDB. It is a prototype-based, multi-paradigm scripting language that is dynamic,and supports object-oriented, imperative, and functional programming styles.
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      Python
      Python is a general purpose programming language created by Guido Van Rossum. Python is most praised for its elegant syntax and readable code, if you are just beginning your programming career python suits you best.
      Node.js
      Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.
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      Decisions about ASP.NET and Play
      Alex A
      Alex A
      Founder at PRIZ Guru | 3 upvotes 125.9K views
      atPRIZ GuruPRIZ Guru
      Grails
      Grails
      Play
      Play
      Scala
      Scala
      Groovy
      Groovy
      Gradle
      Gradle

      Some may wonder why did we choose Grails ? Really good question :) We spent quite some time to evaluate what framework to go with and the battle was between Play Scala and Grails ( Groovy ). We have enough experience with both and, to be honest, I absolutely in love with Scala; however, the tipping point for us was the potential speed of development. Grails allows much faster development pace than Play , and as of right now this is the most important parameter. We might convert later though. Also, worth mentioning, by default Grails comes with Gradle as a build tool, so why change?

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      Greg Neumann
      Greg Neumann
      Indie, Solo, Developer | 7 upvotes 296.9K views
      Xamarin
      Xamarin
      .NET Core
      .NET Core
      Xamarin Forms
      Xamarin Forms
      ASP.NET
      ASP.NET
      Quasar Framework
      Quasar Framework
      Electron
      Electron
      Vue.js
      Vue.js
      TypeScript
      TypeScript

      Finding the most effective dev stack for a solo developer. Over the past year, I've been looking at many tech stacks that would be 'best' for me, as a solo, indie, developer to deliver a desktop app (Windows & Mac) plus mobile - iOS mainly. Initially, Xamarin started to stand-out. Using .NET Core as the run-time, Xamarin as the native API provider and Xamarin Forms for the UI seemed to solve all issues. But, the cracks soon started to appear. Xamarin Forms is mobile only; the Windows incarnation is different. There is no Mac UI solution (you have to code it natively in Mac OS Storyboard. I was also worried how Xamarin Forms , if I was to use it, was going to cope, in future, with Apple's new SwiftUI and Google's new Fuchsia.

      This plethora of techs for the UI-layer made me reach for the safer waters of using Web-techs for the UI. Lovely! Consistency everywhere (well, mostly). But that consistency evaporates when platform issues are addressed. There are so many web frameworks!

      But, I made a simple decision. It's just me...I am clever, but there is no army of coders here. And I have big plans for a business app. How could just 1 developer go-on to deploy a decent app to Windows, iPhone, iPad & Mac OS? I remembered earlier days when I've used Microsoft's ASP.NET to scaffold - generate - loads of Code for a web-app that I needed for several charities that I worked with. What 'generators' exist that do a lot of the platform-specific rubbish, allow the necessary customisation of such platform integration and provide a decent UI?

      I've placed my colours to the Quasar Framework mast. Oh dear, that means Electron desktop apps doesn't it? Well, Ive had enough of loads of Developers saying that "the menus won't look native" or "it uses too much RAM" and so on. I've been using non-native UI-wrapped apps for ages - the date picker in Outlook on iOS is way better than the native date-picker and I'd been using it for years without getting hot under the collar about it. Developers do get so hung-up on things that busy Users hardly notice; don't you think?. As to the RAM usage issue; that's a bit true. But Users only really notice when an app uses so much RAM that the machine starts to page-out. Electron contributes towards that horizon but does not cause it. My Users will be business-users after all. Somewhat decent machines.

      Looking forward to all that lovely Vue.js around my TypeScript and all those really, really, b e a u t I f u l UI controls of Quasar Framework . Still not sure that 1 dev can deliver all that... but I'm up for trying...

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      How developers use ASP.NET and Play
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      datapile uses PlayPlay

      Play is a central framework/component/library (not sure what to call things these days) in Scala. We <3 Scala, and therefore we <3 Play.

      Play is on of several frameworks we are prototyping and vetting for various public-facing websites, and may ultimately be the framework behind the main datapile.io website.

      Avatar of Stanislaus Madueke
      Stanislaus Madueke uses PlayPlay

      I used Play to build a configuration UI for the service, which let you create and manage the menus (a hierarchical tree of options and actions).

      Avatar of Ascendify
      Ascendify uses PlayPlay

      Moving some micro services to Play Framework with Scala

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      papaver uses PlayPlay

      used play at talenthouse. uber powerful backend.

      Avatar of Jovi Kao
      Jovi Kao uses PlayPlay

      API server framework

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