.NET vs Spring: 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 Spring? Provides a comprehensive programming and configuration model for modern Java-based enterprise applications. A key element of Spring is infrastructural support at the application level: Spring focuses on the "plumbing" of enterprise applications so that teams can focus on application-level business logic, without unnecessary ties to specific deployment environments.
.NET and Spring belong to "Frameworks (Full Stack)" category of the tech stack.
"Tight integration with visual studio", "Stable code" and "Great community" are the key factors why developers consider .NET; whereas "Java", "Open source" and "Great community" are the primary reasons why Spring is favored.
.NET and Spring are both open source tools. It seems that Spring with 30.6K GitHub stars and 19.6K forks on GitHub has more adoption than .NET with 11.1K GitHub stars and 2.4K GitHub forks.
Stack Exchange, Microsoft, and Starbucks are some of the popular companies that use .NET, whereas Spring is used by MIT, Zillow, and Intuit. .NET has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1566 company stacks & 239 developers stacks; compared to Spring, which is listed in 319 company stacks and 184 developer stacks.