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What’s the difference Between .NET Core vs .NET Framework

February 4, 2019

is .net core will make a big impact on opensource technologies? Yes .NET CORE is opens-sources free Microsoft framework with cross-platform usages like Microsoft Windows, apple mac os, and Linux operating system.

The First version of .NET Core 1.0 release on 27 June 2016 with Microsoft visual studio 2015 update 3 which is important for .NET Core development. Microsoft newly launched a new version called .NET Core 2.0 was released on 14 August 2017 along with Visual Studio 2017 15.3, .NET Core 2.0, and Entity Framework Core 2.0.

Microsoft mainly develops licenses base platform and software. First time in Microsoft history releases cross-platform open source framework .NET Core.

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The .NET Framework: Overview

.NET framework is a software framework developed by Microsoft which includes a runtime environment for creating Windows apps and web services. It covers a large class library called.NET framework class Library; which is combinations of classes, interfaces, and value types that provide access to system functionality.

.NET Framework provides a Runtime software environment executes in a Common Language Runtime(CLR) which is an application virtual machine that makes the development process easier. The services included in CLR is like memory management, security and exception handling.

“Review: Core Features of .NET Framework are such as Common Language Runtime, Assemblies, Application Domains, Runtime Hosts, Common Type System, Metadata and Self-Describing Components, Cross-Language Interoperability, .NET Framework Security, and NET Framework Class Library”

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The .NET Core: Overview

The .NET core is free and fully open-source cross-platform software framework for the Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, and Linux operating systems that uses MIT and Apache 2 license. .NET Core simply a combination of the ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET Web API available on GitHub. You can also use Visual Studio 2017 for your .NET Core development.

“Review: Core Features of .NET Core are like it supports Docker containers, Command line tools for local deployment, runs same code on multiple architectures(x64,x86 and ARM), Razor Pages, supports C#, Visual Basic, and F# languages”

.NET Core 2.0: What's new and why it matters

Now with the latest release of Microsoft .NET core 2.0 is faster than its predecessor and its power packed with .NET Core Cross-Platform Framework Features. ASP.Net Core is an open source and cross-platform framework that is used to build web apps and mobile apps. Developers can build applications using commands line console in and can get support with more than 20,000 APIs which was not supported by its previous versions. Moreover.Net Core 2.0 will support a common framework for the enterprise code on all the devices and the Cloud.

.NET Core 3.0 vs .NET Framework 4.8: Announcement and What’ new

.NET Core 3.0 comes with major updates include some changes in how projects are composed of frameworks, Side-by-side versions of .NET that support WinForms and WPF, Embed .NET directly into an application, tighter .NET Core integration, and 3rd party open source integration all with the aim for faster development process.

Microsoft announces early access build for .NET Framework 4.8 which have features like Modern browser and modern media controls, Access to touch and UWP Controls and High DPI improvements.

Why Microsoft needs to release open source.

You might be still wondering, why Microsoft has released open source and inclining towards MAC and Linux community. We need to understand that in an application development lifecycle, It is unlikely that any application developer or company will use Microsoft SQL Server in their projects and also there is a very high chance is that this web applications will land up somewhere on a Linux box, Amazon Web Services or on Google Cloud Platforms. Hence to enable this vast and flexible hosting of this applications, Microsoft is investing in Platform independent hosting along with the help of Open source community development.

Major Difference between .NET Core and .NET Framework

Difference Between .NET Framework and .NET Core

What should you choose for your next application – .NET Framework or .NET Core? Microsoft supports both runtimes as .NET core and .NET Framework for building applications with .NET, and they also share a lot of the same Shared APIs which is called.NETStandard.

The .NET Framework supports Windows and Web applications. ASP.NET MVC is used to build Web applications in .NET Framework. By using .NET Framework you can utilize Windows Forms, UWP, and WPF to develop Windows desktop applications and server-based applications in .NET Framework.

.NET Core is the new cross-platform and open-source .NET framework to develop applications for all major operating system including Mac, Linux, and Windows. .NET Core supports UWP and ASP.NET Core only. ASP.NET Core is used to build browser-based web applications and currently, it does not support a desktop application with the user interface. Programmers can develop applications and libraries in C#, VB.NET, and F# in both runtimes.

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Microsoft .NET Framework is a better option if you:

  • Are not willing to learn new technology.
  • Are Already an expert on your existing app and want to explore more functionality on the same app.
  • Already have a current talented team with .NET framework expertise and developing production-ready software.
  • Need a steady environment to work in.
  • Have nearer release .NET Framework schedules.
  • Do not want to spend time with constant upgrades and changes.
  • Creating Windows client desktop applications using Windows Forms or WPF.

Choose between .NET Core and .NET Framework for server apps

Microsoft .NET Core is a better option if you:

  • Are not afraid of learning and upgrading new things.
  • Willing to develop apps on Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems using .NET Core.
  • Are not scared of breaking and fixing things since ASP.NET Core is not fully grown yet.
  • A developer who is just learning .NET.
  • Love working with open source.

People also ask (FAQ):

Question: 1 What is the difference between .NET core and .NET framework?

Answer:Both .NET core and .NET framework is open source and cross-platform. Since the .NET framework released in 2002 by Microsoft as a proprietary software platform. .NET core released in the year 2016, along with Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 update 3, which enables .NET core development.

Question: 2 What is the difference between ASP NET MVC and core?

Answer: ASP .NET MVC is a lean and composable framework for developing cloud and web-based applications and ASP .NET core is a fully open source like it can be useful for building applications for Windows, Mac, and Linux OS.

Question: 3 Is .NET core free?

Answer: Microsoft released .NET core as an open source and free enabled software framework for the Linux, Windows, and macOS. With the latest release of .NET core, it includes Visual Basic Runtime.

Question: 4 Will .NET Core replace mono?

Answer: Yes, With the latest release, Microsoft replaces Mono will eventually become obsolete just like .NET Framework also replaced by .NET Core.

Question: 5 Does xamarin use .NET core?

Answer: In 2016, Microsoft bought Xamarin. With this platform, you can deliver native Android, iOS, and Windows apps using .NET programming.

Question: 6 What’s new in .NET core 3.0?

Answer: Visual Studio 2019 gets smarter which means with the latest release .NET core 3.0 will replace .NET framework.
.NET core 3.0 supports C# 8.0 and Windows desktop applications, you can port Windows Forms and WPF(Windows Presentation Foundation) applications.

Question: 7 What’s new in .NET Framework 4.8?

Answer: .NET Framework 4.8 solve the issues with browsers and media controls, new UWP controls introduced, resolutions improvement to 4K to 8K.

Question: 8 Is WPF better than Winforms?

Answer: Developers already using Winforms based .NET Framework applications, so Why WPF now? WPF enables the ability to separate UI from logic effectively and have improved data binding than Winforms applications.

Conclusion:

Think of .NET Core as a subset of .NET Framework that makes sense to be cross-platform, redesigned in a much more granular fashion. Microsoft .NET Core is the future of .NET and we are happy it has become open source now.

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