Microsoft .NET Framework has travelled a lot of distance in its journey since its launch and today we have .NET Framework and .NET Core. Dotnet Core is the Microsoft's open source version of.NET framework. Microsoft just announced .NET Core 3.0. In the current time, .NET Core is one of the most active community-driven open source projects and companies such as Samsung is also participating in the project.
Why Microsoft shifted from.NET Framework to .NET Core?
Now, the analysis is almost over a year since Microsoft announced the open sourcing of .NET Core, a cross-platform for the windows. The .NET Framework is not going anywhere, but now it’s very clear that the company is mainly focusing on .NET Core as the future of its development platform. .NET Framework was announced in 2000. C# is the primary .NET language, did see off Java, but proved popular for developing business applications. The company also evolved the language more quickly than Sun was able to do with Java.
Asp.net development services, co-invented by Scott Guthrie, was a big advance on the old ASP (Active Server Pages) as the main framework for designing web applications. Then why did Microsoft decide to fork the .NET Framework and embrace open source and cross-platform? Here are some reasons.
The primary reason is that the .NET Framework was monolithic and its interdependencies too convoluted for the Microsoft to move forward with certain projects. So the best available solution was to refactor the .NET Framework into a new, more modular system while maintaining the present version for compatibility. This new version is .NET Core.
What are the best things about .NET Core that makes it very special?
If you have done programming in C, Java, the syntax of C# will feel very familiar to you. The syntax is very easy to understand and read. This platform has been around a long time now and has steadily changed and improved over the last 15 years. Over the years we have seen awesome improvements like MVC, generics and more.
The versatility is also one of the best things about .NET. It can write desktops apps, web applications, background services, and even mobile apps. The versatility is a very big deal because your investment in learning the language can be used for a wide array of things. You can also jump from building web apps to mobile apps if you want to mix up what you are doing in your domain. And one more thing to remember the first class support for Microsoft Azure. It's never been so easy to get up and running and then deployed to the cloud in just a few clicks.
Future of .NET Core
.NET is a general-purpose programming platform that literally allows building anything with right from desktop to web, cloud, mobile, gaming- you can do all this with .NET. Many implementations of .NET have evolved over the years to support the workloads. .NET Standard is just a specification of a common infrastructure and API set that allows you to not only move skill but you also can write libraries and use those libraries across these workloads.
Traditional windows desktop application development will be changed from .NET Framework and as we move forward in future with .NET Core 3, we are going to see some more workloads that we are going to working on here, mainly Windows desktop. Here interesting thing is that if you are WinForms or WPF developer, you can actually utilize the .NET Core runtime. .NET framework still will be used in desktop apps, but now developers will be able to take advantage of .NET Core features, such as improved performance, side-by-side installs, language features and other innovations being made in the .NET Framework.
We discussed the future of .NET Core but what will happen to the traditional Windows-centric .NET Framework? The presenters of the event said it will still be released with Windows, as it is a component of Windows itself, so it will be supported for the lifetime of Windows. Microsoft is planning to be making highly compatible targeted improvements to .NET Framework after version 4. According to the company, the general people should not feel pressured to move off .NET framework, but just know that it is going to be much more highly targeted suitable fixes kind of going forward and we recommend that all new development that you start on .NET is on .NET Core if possible. The Microsoft has very large product lines written on .Net framework is not going anyway. So hope for the best in the future technologies of Microsoft. The company is constantly improving their tools and product services to deliver better and efficient solutions to their customers as well as enterprises so that they can serve their clients in a prominent manner.