.NET vs Rust: What are the differences?
Developers describe .NET as "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. On the other hand, Rust is detailed as "A safe, concurrent, practical language". Rust is a systems programming language that combines strong compile-time correctness guarantees with fast performance. It improves upon the ideas of other systems languages like C++ by providing guaranteed memory safety (no crashes, no data races) and complete control over the lifecycle of memory.
.NET can be classified as a tool in the "Frameworks (Full Stack)" category, while Rust is grouped under "Languages".
"Tight integration with visual studio" is the top reason why over 245 developers like .NET, while over 81 developers mention "Guaranteed memory safety" as the leading cause for choosing Rust.
.NET and Rust are both open source tools. Rust with 37.3K GitHub stars and 5.85K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than .NET with 11.2K GitHub stars and 2.41K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, .NET has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1566 company stacks & 239 developers stacks; compared to Rust, which is listed in 40 company stacks and 105 developer stacks.