Why Businesses use ASP.NET Core for Web Application development
Businesses are using open-source technologies like Java, PHP, Python or closed-source technology for web application development. But not all of them know that Microsoft offers an open-source and cross-platform framework in the form of Asp.net core. Asp.net core has more advantages than normal Asp.net MVC.
What is ASP.NET Core?
ASP.NET Core is a free and open-source web framework and successor to ASP.NET, developed by Microsoft and the community. It is a modular framework that runs on both the full .NET Framework, on Windows, and the cross-platform .NET Core and, it best suits businesses that look for a wide range of features like web-based services, desktop software, and cloud infrastructure support.
Why are enterprises eager to migrate to ASP.NET Core?
Businesses use Asp.net core for the following 10 reasons:
- Performance. When you compile your code, Dotnet core automatically optimizes it in order to increase the performance. For instance, .Net core takes 57,843 requests per second vs .NET MVC which takes 313,001 requests per second (i.e. almost 5x). Asp.net Core is faster than Nodejs too, see the case-study here. Also it’s request time is 7 times faster than Laravel and 3 times faster than Django, see the case-study here. All these data justify how good Asp.net core is for web application development.
- Easy to Update new version thanks to Nuget package which manages this well, not like before where a new framework version had to be deployed.
- Command line support which enables the developer to code in any of Linux, Mac & Windows to execute and host several apps.
- Cheaper maintenance due to less code philosophy everytime a new version is out, the developer can enhance their code in few lines for same feature.
- Cross-platform support makes deployment and hosting to any platform like MAC or Linux so easy. Also apps are now loosely coupled with backend developed in C# , whereas frontend app can be developed in any framework like React, Vuejs or Angular.
- Cloud-based support makes convenient for developers to make one for all backend and deploy on Azure, AWS or Google cloud for mobile app, web-app, IOT devices.
- MVC architecture & Dependency Injection support
- Hosting support for web servers like IIS, Apache, Docker.
- Supports ASP.NET Boilerplate which is a strong architectural model based on DDD(Domain Driven Design).
- Better support for Unit testing.
Currently Asp.net Core 3.1 is the latest version, see how much ahead it is in comparison to its peers here.
What is new in ASP.NET Core 3.1?
- Razor components are now generated as partial classes and can be written in code-behind class files.
- Blazor (new framework launched in 3.0 version) Component Tag Helper and pass parameters to top-level components
- Ability to create or attach to an existing named HTTP.sys request queue.
- Breaking changes for SameSite cookies.
- Prevent default actions for events in Blazor apps.
- Stop event propagation in Blazor apps.
- Developers get errors with detail viewability during Blazor app development.
- Performance improvements wrt memory allocation, usage and json serializer
- For more information about updates in last version (Asp.net core 3.0), check here.
Other Improvements in ASP.NET Core 3.1
- C# 8 add async streams.
- F# 4.7 focuses on making something easier.
- ASP.NET Core and Xamarin support.
- Windows Desktop apps are now supported with .NET Core.
- Raspberry Pi and ARM chips are now supported.
- .NET Core apps now have executables by default.
- High performance JSON APIs have been added.
- The garbage collector uses less memory.
Platforms supporting .NET core 3.1
- Alpine: 3.10+
- Debian: 9+
- Ubuntu: 16.04+
- Fedora: 29+
- centOS: 7+
- RHEL: 6+
- openSUSE: 15+
- SUSE Enterprise Linux (SLES): 12 SP2+
- macOS: 10.13+
- Windows Client: 7, 8.1, 10 (1607+)
- Windows Server: 2012 R2+
Other Use-Cases for ASP.NET Core
- Cross-platform needs. In case you need the app that will work across platforms, .NET core will be a great choice to cover most platforms thereby reducing development effort while expanding your desktop or mobile app to other operating systems. Also engineering cases like Gaming (including Xbox) and AR development (including HoloLens) can also use ASP.NET Core.
- PHP is a preferable web application framework used by many developers, But Asp.net is better when we consider enterprise software applications and medium applications. With its tightly coupled architectural design, PHP is better equipped to serve small-sized organizations.
What technology stack should we work with, is a question all businesses sometimes struggle with while planning software development. Often, clients bracket projects into different segments like small, medium or enterprise size, depending on various factors like budget, timeframe, bandwidth and complexity of the project. Selecting a web framework is a challenging task due to a huge number of aspects to take into consideration.
End of the day, you have to decide what framework works best and cost-effective for you in the long run.
If all these frameworks confuse you about what to choose for web application development,
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