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C# vs Material Design Lite: What are the differences?

Developers describe C# as "Simple, general-purpose, object-oriented programming language for the .NET platform". C# (pronounced "See Sharp") is a simple, modern, object-oriented, and type-safe programming language. C# has its roots in the C family of languages and will be immediately familiar to C, C++, Java, and JavaScript programmers. On the other hand, Material Design Lite is detailed as "Material Design Lite Components in HTML/CSS/JS". Material Design Lite (MDL) lets you add a Material Design look and feel to your static content websites. It doesn't rely on any JavaScript frameworks or libraries. Optimized for cross-device use, gracefully degrades in older browsers, and offers an experience that is accessible from the get-go.

C# can be classified as a tool in the "Languages" category, while Material Design Lite is grouped under "Front-End Frameworks".

"Cool syntax" is the top reason why over 280 developers like C#, while over 23 developers mention "Material Design straight from the original creators" as the leading cause for choosing Material Design Lite.

Material Design Lite is an open source tool with 31.3K GitHub stars and 5.31K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Material Design Lite's open source repository on GitHub.

Stack Exchange, Microsoft, and Intuit are some of the popular companies that use C#, whereas Material Design Lite is used by Google, Troopers, and Boxme. C# has a broader approval, being mentioned in 697 company stacks & 1165 developers stacks; compared to Material Design Lite, which is listed in 9 company stacks and 26 developer stacks.

Decisions about C# and Material Design Lite
Andrew Carpenter
Chief Software Architect at Xelex Digital, LLC · | 16 upvotes · 193.3K views

In 2015 as Xelex Digital was paving a new technology path, moving from ASP.NET web services and web applications, we knew that we wanted to move to a more modular decoupled base of applications centered around REST APIs.

To that end we spent several months studying API design patterns and decided to use our own adaptation of CRUD, specifically a SCRUD pattern that elevates query params to a more central role via the Search action.

Once we nailed down the API design pattern it was time to decide what language(s) our new APIs would be built upon. Our team has always been driven by the right tool for the job rather than what we know best. That said, in balancing practicality we chose to focus on 3 options that our team had deep experience with and knew the pros and cons of.

For us it came down to C#, JavaScript, and Ruby. At the time we owned our infrastructure, racks in cages, that were all loaded with Windows. We were also at a point that we were using that infrastructure to it's fullest and could not afford additional servers running Linux. That's a long way of saying we decided against Ruby as it doesn't play nice on Windows.

That left us with two options. We went a very unconventional route for deciding between the two. We built MVP APIs on both. The interfaces were identical and interchangeable. What we found was easily quantifiable differences.

We were able to iterate on our Node based APIs much more rapidly than we were our C# APIs. For us this was owed to the community coupled with the extremely dynamic nature of JS. There were tradeoffs we considered, latency was (acceptably) higher on requests to our Node APIs. No strong types to protect us from ourselves, but we've rarely found that to be an issue.

As such we decided to commit resources to our Node APIs and push it out as the core brain of our new system. We haven't looked back since. It has consistently met our needs, scaling with us, getting better with time as continually pour into and expand our capabilities.

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Erik Ralston
Chief Architect at LiveTiles · | 13 upvotes · 220.8K views

C# and .Net were obvious choices for us at LiveTiles given our investment in the Microsoft ecosystem. It enabled us to harness of the .Net framework to build ASP.Net MVC, WebAPI, and Serverless applications very easily. Coupled with the high productivity of Visual Studio, it's the native tongue of Microsoft technology.

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Pros of C#
Pros of Material Design Lite
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    Cool syntax
  • 279
    Great lambda support
  • 251
    Great generics support
  • 197
    Language integrated query (linq)
  • 169
    Extension methods
  • 82
    Properties with get/set methods
  • 82
    Automatic garbage collection
  • 76
    Backed by microsoft
  • 62
    Automatic memory management
  • 57
    Amaizing Crossplatform Support
  • 36
    High performance
  • 32
    Beautiful
  • 30
    LINQ
  • 27
    Great ecosystem of community packages with Nuget
  • 23
    Vibrant developer community
  • 16
    Great readability
  • 16
    Dead-simple asynchronous programming with async/await
  • 12
    Strongly typed by default, dynamic typing when needed
  • 10
    Visual Studio - Great IDE
  • 10
    Productive
  • 9
    Open source
  • 8
    Object oriented programming paradigm
  • 8
    Easy separation of config/application code
  • 7
    Operator overloading
  • 6
    Events management using delegates
  • 6
    OOPS simplified with great syntax
  • 5
    Conditional compilation
  • 4
    Good language to teach OO concepts
  • 4
    Linq expressions
  • 4
    Great community
  • 4
    High-performance
  • 4
    Coherent language backed by an extensive CLR
  • 4
    Cool
  • 4
    Organized and clean
  • 4
    Comprehensive platform libraries
  • 3
    Concise syntax, productivity designed
  • 3
    Unity
  • 3
    Top level code
  • 2
    Lovely
  • 1
    Interfaces
  • 0
    Interfaces
  • 23
    Material Design straight from the original creators
  • 23
    Backed by google
  • 16
    Optimized for cross-device
  • 13
    Responsive
  • 11
    Based on bem philosophy
  • 9
    Nice animations
  • 7
    SCSS
  • 5
    Simple Material Design
  • 5
    Doesn't depend on JavaScript
  • 2
    Custom color palette generates CDN

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Cons of C#
Cons of Material Design Lite
  • 15
    Poor x-platform GUI support
  • 7
    Requires DllImportAttribute for getting stuff from unma
  • 7
    Closed source
  • 6
    Fast and secure
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    What is C#?

    C# (pronounced "See Sharp") is a simple, modern, object-oriented, and type-safe programming language. C# has its roots in the C family of languages and will be immediately familiar to C, C++, Java, and JavaScript programmers.

    What is Material Design Lite?

    Material Design Lite (MDL) lets you add a Material Design look and feel to your static content websites. It doesn't rely on any JavaScript frameworks or libraries. Optimized for cross-device use, gracefully degrades in older browsers, and offers an experience that is accessible from the get-go.

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