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.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; io.js: A friendly fork of Node.js with an open governance model. io.js is a JavaScript platform built on Chrome's V8 runtime. This project began as a fork of Joyent's Node.js and is compatible with the npm ecosystem.

.NET and io.js can be categorized as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools.

"Tight integration with visual studio" is the top reason why over 245 developers like .NET, while over 6 developers mention "Compatible with NPM" as the leading cause for choosing io.js.

.NET is an open source tool with 11.1K GitHub stars and 2.4K GitHub forks. Here's a link to .NET's open source repository on GitHub.

Stack Exchange, Microsoft, and Starbucks are some of the popular companies that use .NET, whereas io.js is used by SkyparkCDN, Five, and Stampery. .NET has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1566 company stacks & 239 developers stacks; compared to io.js, which is listed in 4 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.

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I'm working in a university in the IT department where they are developing web Apps with a .NET framework, and I'm starting a master course with python (python programming, ML, AI, NLP, and Django). My manager doesn't mind using any technology. Please guide me. Should I go to learn .NET with Django or stick with Django? What is the best for the future?

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Lukas Batteau

Since the course is in Python, a Python web framework seems like a logical choice. Django is a good option, but Flask and FastAPI are far more lightweight than Django, and great for quickly adding an API on top of your ML/NLP code. Django has its merits, especially the generated admin interface, but requires a lot of boilerplate code.

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Alvin Mites
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The one thing I wouldn't do is mix the two, different structures and ideas for how to do things

Taking a class in python already? I'd lean to Django Want to learn a language that will carry forward to a good paying job .net

Python is an excellent language, though it's often being replaced with things like go which uses a similar syntax

Over time you're going to learn many languages if you want to be a great programmer spend your time with one and dive deep, learn what makes it shine and what the draw backs are grow proficient with it and then consider learning something different so you can compare

Early on learning a single language at depth is more important than tinkering with several or learning any specific language

Good luck

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C#

I have to write an application for a Windows Server that either runs on a scheduled task or can run on a Windows server and triggered by a webhook. What other .NET project types or methods within a project can I do this with?

I know I could probably host an API on IIS on the Windows server and do it that way, but all my APIs are in Azure App service, and this has to integrate with the Windows desktop application.

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Azure Functions

What you mean integrate on "all my APIs are in Azure App service and this has to integrate with Windows desktop application.". Try to explain a little bit what's your requirements.

If you want to Read/Write a SQL DB on premises, you can use a Azure Gateway without deploy anything in your server, another choice with SQL Server is to move the DB to Azure (if supported). You can use the triggers on Azure Functions to write/read something on Azure Storage, from your Server you can read the storage and perform some tasks. As you can see there are multiple choice without writing much code on premises, try to clarify your requirements.

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C#

It all depends on your use case. You mentioning "scheduled task" appears you want to use a Worker Service

If you want to trigger your actions you can host a webapi, too.

Bottomline: Both use cases suffice your needs so your course depends on where you want to "control" your app ( set delay, maybe sometimes start the action manually ). WorkerService -> Config file on the host Api -> Configure from client

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Decisions about .NET and io.js
Noe Osorio
FullStack Engineer at Finloop | 9 upvotes 路 20.2K views

Node Js have worked incredible great for me on every project I had. It is fast enough to support big and small apps, you do not have to worry about performance, because it is very capable of building a big REST API.

One advantage is that the learning curve is lower when you have used javascript on web browser as frontend, so, it is easy to migrate from Frontend to Backend with node.

Node Package Manager (NPM) has an incredible amount of packages from many developers, so you can use them on your project as you need them.

Code is easy to support, way different than Java Legacy code.

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Ing. Alvaro Rodr铆guez Scelza
Software Systems Engineer at Ripio | 11 upvotes 路 126.3K views

I was considering focusing on learning RoR and looking for a work that uses those techs.

After some investigation, I decided to stay with C# .NET:

  • It is more requested on job positions (7 to 1 in my personal searches average).

  • It's been around for longer.

  • it has better documentation and community.

  • One of Ruby advantages (its amazing community gems, that allows to quickly build parts of your systems by merely putting together third party components) gets quite complicated to use and maintain in huge applications, where building and reusing your own components may become a better approach.

  • Rail's front end support is starting to waver.

  • C# .NET code is far easier to understand, debug and maintain. Although certainly not easier to learn from scratch.

  • Though Rails has an excellent programming speed, C# tends to get the upper hand in long term projects.

I would avise to stick to rails when building small projects, and switching to C# for more long term ones.

Opinions are welcome!

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Ing. Alvaro Rodr铆guez Scelza
Software Systems Engineer at Ripio | 8 upvotes 路 184.3K views

Decided to change all my stack to microsoft technologies for they behave just great together. It is very easy to set up and deploy projects using visual studio and azure. Visual studio is also an amazing IDE, if not the best, when used for C#, it allows you to work in every aspect of your software.

Visual studio templates for ASP.NET MVC are the best I've found compared to django, rails, laravel, and others.

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Pros of .NET
Pros of io.js
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    Tight integration with visual studio
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    Stable code
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    Great community
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    Reliable and strongly typed server side language.
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    Microsoft
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    Fantastic documentation
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    Great 3rd party libraries
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    Speedy
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    Great azure integration
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    Great support
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    Linq
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    Highly productive
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    High Performance
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    C#
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    Great programming languages (C#, VB)
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    Open source
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    Clean markup with razor
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    Powerful Web application framework (ASP.NET MVC)
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    Powerful ORM (EntityFramework)
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    Fast
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    Visual studio + Resharper = <3
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    Dependency injection
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    Constantly improving to keep up with new trends
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    TFS
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    Security
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    Job opportunities
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    High-Performance
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    Integrated and Reliable
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    Light-weight
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    Huge ecosystem and communities
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    Variations
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    Lovely
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    Scaffolding
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    Entity framework
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    Support and SImplicity
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    {get; set;}
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    Asynchrony
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    Concurrent
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    Useful IoC
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    Default Debuging tools
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    Nuget package manager
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    Blazor
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    ES6 features
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    Compatible with NPM
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    JavaScript
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    v8

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Cons of .NET
Cons of io.js
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    Too expensive to deploy and maintain
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    C#
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    Microsoft itself
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    Microsoft dependable systems
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    Hard learning curve
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    Not have a full fledged visual studio for linux
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    Tight integration with visual studio
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    What is .NET?

    .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 io.js?

    io.js is a JavaScript platform built on Chrome's V8 runtime. This project began as a fork of Joyent's Node.js and is compatible with the npm ecosystem.

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