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.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.

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 Spring?

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.

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datapile uses SpringSpring

Spring is another gift rained down by the gods of Open Source Software (a.k.a. Pivotal Labs in this particular case) that just makes sense on all levels.

From Spring Boot, to SpringMVC, the configuration architecture & profile paradigm, Spring Cloud expandability, to the ease with which one can deploy Spring applets as microservices within Docker is an absolute joy.

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Brillium, Inc. uses .NET.NET

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.

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Foundbite uses .NET.NET

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.

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Giovanni Candido da Silva uses SpringSpring

The core of the application use Spring Stack, to provide services and structure like:

  • Persistence
  • REST
  • Email
  • Security
  • Self contained application with spring boot
  • And many others.
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Kang Hyeon Ku uses SpringSpring

그냥 간단한 MVC 웹 프레임 워크 인줄 알았는데 정말 모듈화가 잘 되있고, 사용하다보면 개발자에게 정말 편리하게 만들어 놓았다. vaildation 부분은 따로 처리 할 수 있고, 파라미터 담는 변수와 디폴트 값을 인자로 설정해 주는 부분도 참 좋은 것 같다. 또 spring-data 는 jpa 활용해 빠르게 개발하는데 유용하다.

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Daniel Kovacs uses .NET.NET

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.

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Yue Wang uses .NET.NET

Server side development language and frameworks: ASP.Net MVC 4, Asp.Net WebApi 2, Razor View engine, Moq, Entity Frameworks, etc.

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ByeongGi uses SpringSpring
  • SpringFramework 중 MVC , AOP 등의 라이브러리를 활용하여 웹 어플리케이션 프로젝트 구성
  • 공통 로직 구현 및 보안 처리 가능

  • Spring5에서 지원하는 함수형 프로그래밍 경험 있음

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Twincore Systems uses .NET.NET

TwinCore creates modern web and cloud applications based on .NET TwinCore supports legacy .NET applications

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Ralic Lo uses SpringSpring

Used Spring Boot and its ORM to interacting with database server for web application development.

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