.NET Core Revolution: Advantages of Using a Microsoft Supported Open-Source Framework
Check out how the features of Microsoft's open source .NET Core has made it easier for developers to write code on its framework.
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With the improvements in mobility and cloud technologies, we have all noticed that Microsoft has re-examined the PC-based business model.
Microsoft probably predicted that the future would be shaped on cloud computing platforms and they decide to run an OS-agnostic business by making serious expansions.
Starting with making MS Office free for Android and iOS platforms, Microsoft has finally announced an open source framework with a brand-new .NET Core.
First, they worked on the capability to run PHP files on IIS platforms. Then, they worked on the Azure platform in order to support different OS platforms and finally, they began working in cooperation with Xamarin. At the end of this timeline, by using the experience they gained, they created .NET Core.
.NET Core is cross-platform, modular, open-source software development framework that builds modern web applications, microservices, and console applications. The revolution has started at 2016 and it rapidly continues.
Here are some of the advantages of using this fast growing framework.
Fast and Easy Development, Testing, and Deployment
Getting started with web development with ASP.NET is time-consuming and heavy. Visual Studio has to be installed and the whole process to build and deploy the web application to the servers take more time compared to the open source web technologies.
Things have changed since the release of the .NET Core Framework, which is as open source as Ruby, PHP. Open source .NET Core framework provides a lightweight platform for developers to use Gulp, Bower, and Yeoman. Coding can be done using a variety of text editors like Sublime Text, Visual Studio Code, and Atom.
The standalone nature of .NET Core also provides fast development practices since the "Save & Refresh" approach makes it easy to see the code change effects without any deployment. You just write your code, save it, and refresh your browser in order to see what you created. It also minimizes time spent for testing.
The framework also has its own built-in in-memory database which provides a useful general purpose database for unit testing and test automation practices. Although the InMemory feature set is not designed to mimic a relational database, it helps you create demo applications faster than ever.
When developing big applications it is important to set boundaries between modules. A built-in "Dependency Injection" feature supports a "separation of concerns" approach and, most importantly, the ability to unit test easily.
Historical problems faced by developers to deploy to a Linux machine or a Mac machine have been removed by the release of .NET Core Framework. Since .NET core framework-based applications are standalone, they already have their runtime in their pockets. Therefore, they don't depend on the system they run. You can easily set up your application to run on Linux, MacOS just as they run on Windows.
On the other hand, similar to runtime environment independency, by using a lightweight, OS-agnostic Visual Studio Core IDE, developers are free to use their favorite OS platform for coding at the implementation time.
Since RDBMS costs are generally high, .NET Core creates a potential cost advantage for professionals and enterprises. .NET Core framework also supports various database engine platforms like:
Microservice and Cloud Compatible Applications Development
Moving traditional ASP.NET applications towards cloud platforms is not easy. However, since the framework is designed for building high-performance cloud applications, it provides ready-to-use tools and templates to developers in order to create their cloud applications faster than ever.
The standalone, platform agnostic nature of the .NET Core framework makes it easy to create autonomous, self-sufficient microservice applications. (You can also create single page applications with Razor Pages.)
In fact, the framework changes the way developers do their business with easy coding and configuration features.
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