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When to Choose .NET Core or .NET Framework for Server Apps

by Kaushal Shah (writer), , October 30, 2018

In this fast-paced and cutting-edge era of technology, having faster time-to-market and cost-effective solutions is the key to success of any business.

.NET is an open-source development platform by Microsoft for creating and running various applications and services such as web, desktop, mobile, gaming, AI, Machine learning, and IoT. The platform is free to use and an integral unit of Microsoft Windows OS. You can use C#, F#, and Visual Basic to build the apps in .NET. Moreover, the platform comes with three high-level components to run the code on any of these operating systems:

1) .NET Framework for websites, services, and applications on Windows

2) .NET Core for websites, servers, and applications on Windows, Linux, and macOS

3) Xamarin for mobile application development on Windows Mobile, Android, and iOS

The .NET components share the same set of APIs as the .NET Standard. Also, both .NET Framework and .NET Core share many of the same elements while allowing you to share the code across them. However, there exist fundamental differences between these two .NET components and the choice depends on what you want to achieve out of them.

The .NET Core overview

It is a .NET Foundation project used for developing various solutions including device, cloud, IoT and more. Being a cross-platform framework, it uses UWP (Universal Windows Platform) for Windows app creation and ASP.NET Core for developing browser-based web apps.

  • Its primary component includes:A runtime with essential services like assembly loading and garbage collection
  • A set of libraries with fundamental data
  • An application host to launch apps
  • SDK tools and compilers
  • Use .NET Core for a server application development when:
  • You need cross-platform development.
  • You target microservices.
  • You use Docker containers.
  • You need scalable and high-performing systems.
  • You need .NET versions per app alongside.
  • The .NET Framework overview

    It is a runtime environment for creating web services and Windows applications through WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation), Windows Forms, and UWP. However, the ASP.NET MVC helps create web apps.

    It comes with two main components:

  • The CLR (common language runtime) for running the applications and memory management.
  • The extensive class library with a set of ready-made, tested, and reusable types of code for all the stages of development.
  • Use .NET Framework for a server application development when:
  • Your app currently has .NET Framework; it is recommended to extend than migrating.
  • Your app is using third-party .NET libraries or NuGet packages, which are not available for .NET Core.
  • Your app utilizing .NET technologies that are not available for .NET Core.
  • Your app’s platform doesn’t support .NET Core.
  • To conclude, new technologies bring new possibilities with them whereas, mature systems offer reliability and consistency. If you are unable to choose the platform (.NET Core or .NET Framework) for the application development for your business, hire a dedicated ASP.NET developer to help you in comparing both the platforms individually while focusing on how their specific features can fulfill your particular needs.

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    Kaushal Shah is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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