What is .NET and What are its Pros & Cons?
.NET is a common term known to software developers and IT students and somewhat familiar to individuals who have had or are looking to have their own applications developed. But what is .NET really?
.NET is a framework developed by Microsoft that makes application development easier for developers. Microsoft defines .NET as a free, cross-platform, open source developer platform for building many different types of applications. With .NET, you can use multiple languages such as C#, F#, or Visual Basic, editors, and libraries to build apps for, but not limited to, the following platforms:
Web - Develop apps for Windows, MacOS, Linux
Mobile - Build mobile apps for iOs, Android, and Windows
Desktop - Create desktop apps for Windows or MacOS
Games - Develop games for mobile, desktop, or consoles
Why go for .NET?
.NET helps developers build high-quality applications faster. .NET is the most productive platform for developers because of its multi-language support, powerful Visual Studio Tools, extensive class libraries, and common APIs. .NET also has powerful features such as automatic deployment, WYSIWYG editing, and drag-and-drop controls. These cancels out a large part of the coding requirement and empowers developers to do and achieve more.
.NET enables developers to develop any type of application on any platforms, allowing them to reuse skills and code across platforms.
Along with its features, .NET also provides security benefits through its managed runtime. .NET has a collection of services in place to prevent critical issues. Moreover, Microsoft is proactive in keeping the framework secure and releases updates promptly when threats are discovered.
Large User Community
A framework used by numerous developers and businesses suggest that it works best for its purpose and that it is tested to be stable and trustworthy from the community. In addition, having a wide user base also means that any question or issue regarding the framework can be easily addressed by the community members.
Drawbacks of using .NET
As mentioned earlier, .NET is developed by Microsoft and can suggest that future development as well as apps already created using .NET will be dependent on the decisions made by Microsoft.
Migrating apps to .NET can turn out to be expensive. But, this is only a miniscule con considering the advantages and great features offered by the framework.
Slower Than Native Code
Speed can turn out to be an issue with the .NET as the managed code that you run with with the framework can be slower than native code.
Instances of Memory Leaks
The problem of memory leaks is not new and. .NET is also one of those platforms that are often called out due to memory issues. While .NET has a garbage collector for this, it is imperative for software engineers to invest additional efforts into resource management when using .NET.
To sum it up, .NET offers tons of advantages in developing apps that make it a popular and trustworthy options for clients as they bring their app ideas to life. Moreover, .NET is just one of the many competencies of BlastAsia's team of dedicated software engineers.
If you are looking .NET developers for your first or your next app, you can always reach out to BlastAsia and we can discuss your idea further. With about 20 years of experience in software product engineering, BlastAsia, Inc. is a world-class provider of custom applications development services and continues to be a leading technology partner worldwide, collaborating strongly with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and technology companies globally.