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.NET vs Spring Boot: What are the differences?

.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; Spring Boot: Create Spring-powered, production-grade applications and services with absolute minimum fuss. Spring Boot makes it easy to create stand-alone, production-grade Spring based Applications that you can "just run". We take an opinionated view of the Spring platform and third-party libraries so you can get started with minimum fuss. Most Spring Boot applications need very little Spring configuration.

.NET and Spring Boot can be categorized as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools.

"Tight integration with visual studio", "Stable code" and "Great community" are the key factors why developers consider .NET; whereas "Powerful and handy", "Easy setup" and "Java" are the primary reasons why Spring Boot is favored.

.NET and Spring Boot are both open source tools. Spring Boot with 39.8K GitHub stars and 25.8K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular 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 Boot is used by MIT, Intuit, and PedidosYa. .NET has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1566 company stacks & 239 developers stacks; compared to Spring Boot, which is listed in 333 company stacks and 615 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 Boot?

Spring Boot makes it easy to create stand-alone, production-grade Spring based Applications that you can "just run". We take an opinionated view of the Spring platform and third-party libraries so you can get started with minimum fuss. Most Spring Boot applications need very little Spring configuration.
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What are some alternatives to .NET and Spring Boot?
Node.js
Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.
ASP.NET
.NET is a developer platform made up of tools, programming languages, and libraries for building many different types of applications.
Rails
Rails is a web-application framework that includes everything needed to create database-backed web applications according to the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern.
Django
Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design.
Laravel
It is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. It attempts to take the pain out of development by easing common tasks used in the majority of web projects, such as authentication, routing, sessions, and caching.
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Decisions about .NET and Spring Boot
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C#
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.NET
.NET

I started using .NET in the early 2000s. Ever since version .NET 3.5 (and even .NET 2.0 if we take a proper generics implementation into account), C# was dominating in the feature battle against its rival, yet wasn't advancing significantly in the product coverage due to its platform dependency.

Thus I was very excited to hear the news about plans to develop an open-sourced cross-platform .NET Core framework. We started using .NET Core in production from version 1.1, and a global decision to migrate the entire solution to .NET Core was made with the release of .NET Core 2.0. Now we have more than 100 .NET Core (micro)services running on Linux containers inside Kubernetes, using Kafka for reactive communications and a number of open-source relational and NoSQL storage engines.

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François Raminosona
François Raminosona
Consultant Xamarin at Cellenza · | 1 upvotes · 13.9K views
.NET
.NET

I use .NET because of the quality of the environment, for every need there is a .NET solution for doing it. The Microsoft solution for doing anything is well documented and the community is very active. The .NET Stack is full, meaning there is everything a stack need, every part : database, server, cloud, AI, mobile, backends and frontends. And of course : IDE => Visual Studio ! There is no competition to Visual Studio.

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Luis Beltran
Luis Beltran
at TecNM IT Celaya oficial · | 2 upvotes · 14.5K views
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.NET

I use .NET Core basically because my code runs everywhere! Being able to host ASP .NET Core web applications on Linux, Mac, and Windows environments allows me to deliver cross-platform solutions for all my customers so they don't have to acquire specific technology/hardware anymore!

Moreover, .NET is an amazing technology which is focused on productivity: I can develop mobile, web, desktop, IoT and AI solutions and all I need is C#, a really powerful (and easy-to-learn) language. Add cloud-powered modules to the equation and you'll get a boost in your software!

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Reviews of .NET and Spring Boot
Review ofSpring BootSpring Boot

spring boot allow my team to start building web services quickly and package it in a stand alone application

How developers use .NET and Spring Boot
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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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Climate CoLab uses Spring BootSpring Boot

Spring-Boot allows us to create stand-alone web servers and helps us configure many of our dependencies with sane default, while maintaining flexibility where we need it.

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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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Twincore Systems uses .NET.NET

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

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Emcee uses Spring BootSpring Boot

Probably the best application framework in Java, by far. Time-proven, mature.

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p009922 uses Spring BootSpring Boot

light weight server approach for REST-services

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Project44 uses Spring BootSpring Boot

All services are spring-boot applications.

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Vaadin uses Spring BootSpring Boot

Solid base for Java-based web app backend

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