.NET vs .NET Core: What are the differences?
What is .NET? A free, cross-platform, open source developer platform for building many different types of applications. .NET is a general purpose development platform. With .NET, you can use multiple languages, editors, and libraries to build native applications for web, mobile, desktop, gaming, and IoT for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and more.
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.
.NET and .NET Core can be primarily classified as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools.
Some of the features offered by .NET are:
- Multiple languages: You can write .NET apps in C#, F#, or Visual Basic.
- Cross Platform: Whether you're working in C#, F#, or Visual Basic, your code will run natively on any compatible OS.
- Consistent API & Libraries: To extend functionality, Microsoft and others maintain a healthy package ecosystem built on .NET Standard.
On the other hand, .NET Core provides the following key features:
- Consistent across architectures
- Command-line tools
"Tight integration with visual studio" is the primary reason why developers consider .NET over the competitors, whereas "Great performance" was stated as the key factor in picking .NET Core.
.NET and .NET Core are both open source tools. It seems that .NET Core with 11.2K GitHub stars and 2.41K forks on GitHub has more adoption than .NET with 11.2K GitHub stars and 2.41K GitHub forks.
Stack Exchange, Microsoft, and Starbucks are some of the popular companies that use .NET, whereas .NET Core is used by Catchpoint Systems, Bluebeam Software, and Kaggle. .NET has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1566 company stacks & 239 developers stacks; compared to .NET Core, which is listed in 54 company stacks and 71 developer stacks.
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Microsoft has done an incredible job of keeping the .NET Framework powerful and stable. It is well designed and keeps getting more robust with each release. It isn't the most popular technology in this space, but I think a good case can be made to use .NET in many new projects.
As we started on Windows Phone we use C# and .NET for most of our apps and sites. Being a small team of 2, using .NET enables us to work on each part of the service without having to switch to different languages.
I use .NET alongside with C# since my university studies, and I really enjoy it. Especially .NET Core, which is the best thing that happened to Microsoft since... ever.
Server side development language and frameworks: ASP.Net MVC 4, Asp.Net WebApi 2, Razor View engine, Moq, Entity Frameworks, etc.