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What is .NET?

.NET is a general purpose development platform. With .NET, you can use multiple languages, editors, and libraries to build native applications for web, mobile, desktop, gaming, and IoT for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and more.
.NET is a tool in the Frameworks (Full Stack) category of a tech stack.
.NET is an open source tool with 14.6K GitHub stars and 3.6K GitHub forks. Here鈥檚 a link to .NET's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses .NET?

2057 companies reportedly use .NET in their tech stacks, including Microsoft, Accenture, and Stack Overflow.

2479 developers on StackShare have stated that they use .NET.

.NET Integrations

C#, Microsoft Azure, Sentry, Datadog, and .NET Core are some of the popular tools that integrate with .NET. Here's a list of all 127 tools that integrate with .NET.
Public Decisions about .NET

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose .NET in their tech stack.

Nick Craver
Architecture Lead at Stack Overflow | 5 upvotes 路 68.3K views
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We use .NET Core for our web socket servers, mail relays, and scheduling applications. Soon, it will power all of Stack Overflow. The ability to run on any platform, further extend and plug especially the ASP.NET bits and treat almost everything as a building block you can move around has been a huge win. We're headed towards an appliance model and with .NET Core we can finally put everything in box...on Linux. We can re-use more code, fit all our deployment scenarios both during the move and after, and also ditch a lot of performance workarounds we had to scale...they're in-box now.

And testing. The ability to fire up a web server and request and access both in a single method is an orders of magnitude improvement over ASP.NET 5. We're looking forward to tremendously improving our automated test coverage in places it's finally reasonable in both time and effort for devs to do so. In short: we're getting a lot more for the same dev time spent in .NET Core.

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I want to start a SaaS or product based company and thinking of going with the .NET family of technologies, as I have been working on it for the past 3 years. Can anyone provide insights on the pros and cons of this approach? Would I be able to run modern JavaScript frameworks on top of it like React/Vue.js/Node.js?

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We are currently using Azure Pipelines for continous integration. Our applications are developed witn .NET framework. But when we look at the online Jenkins is the most widely used tool for continous integration. Can you please give me the advice which one is best to use for my case Azure pipeline or jenkins.

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Asad Gilani
Software Engineer at Lisec Automation | 5 upvotes 路 23.9K views
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@All: I am searching for the best template engine for .NET. I started looking into several template engines, including the Dotliquid, Handlebars.js, Scriban, and Razorlight. I found handlebar a bit difficult to use when using the loops and condition because you need to register for helper first. DotLiquid and Scriban were easy to use and in Razorlight I did not find the example for loops.

Can you please suggest which template engine is best suited for the use of conditional/list and looping and why? Or if anybody could provide me a resource or link where I can compare which is best?

Thanks In Advance

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I want to build an application for my company, mostly focusing on sharing files within employees but in a more secure and controlled manner. Please suggest a data store that would suit my needs. I am a .NET developer and looking for developing a Website in ASP.NET.

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I will be programming my project in the coming months. I would need advice on the technology I will use.

I focus mainly on mobile apps, so it's clear there that it will be a native app written in Kotlin.

I will also need a backend (database, API). In the database, I will need to store words and their translations along with users and some statistics to start with.

I don't know which database to choose, whether NoSQL or SQL. Maybe NoSQL would suffice for some words and key-value data.

I would like to connect the web and a chrome extension to that backend. I assume that chrome extensions are made in JavaScript and I would use either Vue.js, AngularJS, or React on the web. The web would be quite simple, some flashcards, statistics, and so on ... I don't know which framework would be ideal, I've never done it, I'll be basically learning it. Ideally, also where you need as little CSS as possible.

With that backend, I have a dilemma as to which聽framework to聽use. Basically, it will be such a new for me, I just played with Flask a little bit, but It doesn't聽matter. Basically, everything runs on JS except the Android app. So is it advantageous to choose Node.js on the backend? I have no experience with this, is it an advantage when everything runs in almost one language? I also thought about Flask / Django, but I also quite like Node.js since it's in JS. But I'm open to all the possibilities of .NET, Spring .... What would be your choice?

To summarize: Android App - Native app in Kotlin Chrome Extension - JavaScript (I don't know if it can be done in anything else) Web - Vue, Angular or React and that's JavaScript Database - SQL / NoSQL? - I don't know which is more suitable, or some specific types Backend - the dilemma of what language and framework to use

I'll write everything myself, it's a project for school, but I want to move it to a higher level and release it. If it doesn't work out, at least I'll learn something. Thank you for the answers.

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.NET's Features

  • Multiple languages: You can write .NET apps in C#, F#, or Visual Basic.
  • Cross Platform: Whether you're working in C#, F#, or Visual Basic, your code will run natively on any compatible OS.
  • Consistent API & Libraries: To extend functionality, Microsoft and others maintain a healthy package ecosystem built on .NET Standard.
  • Application models for web, mobile, games and more: You can build many types of apps with .NET. Some are cross-platform, and some target a specific OS or .NET implementation.
  • Choose your tools: The Visual Studio product family provides a great .NET development experience on Windows, Linux, and macOS. Or if you prefer, there are .NET command line tools and plugins.

.NET Alternatives & Comparisons

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