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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 Nancy? A lightweight web framework for .NET. Nancy is a lightweight, low-ceremony, framework for building HTTP based services on .NET Framework/Core and Mono. The goal of the framework is to stay out of the way as much as possible and provide a super-duper-happy-path to all interactions.

.NET can be classified as a tool in the "Frameworks (Full Stack)" category, while Nancy is grouped under "Microframeworks (Backend)".

"Tight integration with visual studio" is the primary reason why developers consider .NET over the competitors, whereas "C#" was stated as the key factor in picking Nancy.

.NET and Nancy are both open source tools. It seems that .NET with 11.2K GitHub stars and 2.41K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Nancy with 6.8K GitHub stars and 1.46K GitHub forks.

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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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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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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 Nancy
Ing. Alvaro Rodríguez Scelza
Software Systems Engineer at Ripio · | 12 upvotes · 236.4K 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 Rodríguez Scelza
Software Systems Engineer at Ripio · | 9 upvotes · 347.9K 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 Nancy
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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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    C#
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    Highly productive
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    High Performance
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    Great programming languages (C#, VB)
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    Open source
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    Powerful Web application framework (ASP.NET MVC)
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    Fast
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    Clean markup with razor
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    Powerful ORM (EntityFramework)
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    Dependency injection
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    Visual studio + Resharper = <3
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    Constantly improving to keep up with new trends
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    High-Performance
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    TFS
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    Security
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    Huge ecosystem and communities
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    Job opportunities
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    Integrated and Reliable
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    Light-weight
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    Lovely
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    {get; set;}
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    Variations
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    Asynchrony
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    Useful IoC
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    Support and SImplicity
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    Entity framework
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    Concurrent
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    Scaffolding
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    Default Debuging tools
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    Blazor
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    F♯
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    F#
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    Nuget package manager
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    C#
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    Middlewares
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    Sinatra inspired

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

    Nancy is a lightweight, low-ceremony, framework for building HTTP based services on .NET Framework/Core and Mono. The goal of the framework is to stay out of the way as much as possible and provide a super-duper-happy-path to all interactions.

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