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.NET vs Symfony: What are the differences?

.NET: A free, cross-platform, open source developer platform for building many different types of applications. .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; Symfony: A PHP full-stack web framework. Symfony is written with speed and flexibility in mind. It allows developers to build better and easy to maintain websites with PHP. Symfony can be used to develop all kind of websites, from your personal blog to high traffic ones like Dailymotion or Yahoo! Answers.

.NET and Symfony can be primarily classified as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools.

"Tight integration with visual studio", "Stable code" and "Great community" are the key factors why developers consider .NET; whereas "Open source", "Php" and "Community" are the primary reasons why Symfony is favored.

.NET and Symfony are both open source tools. It seems that Symfony with 21.1K GitHub stars and 7.01K forks on GitHub has more adoption than .NET with 11.1K GitHub stars and 2.4K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, .NET has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1566 company stacks & 239 developers stacks; compared to Symfony, which is listed in 374 company stacks and 277 developer stacks.

Decisions about .NET and Symfony
Ing. Alvaro RodrĂ­guez Scelza
Software Systems Engineer at Ripio · | 11 upvotes · 30.5K views

I was considering focusing on learning RoR and looking for a work that uses those techs.

After some investigation, I decided to stay with C# .NET:

  • It is more requested on job positions (7 to 1 in my personal searches average).

  • It's been around for longer.

  • it has better documentation and community.

  • One of Ruby advantages (its amazing community gems, that allows to quickly build parts of your systems by merely putting together third party components) gets quite complicated to use and maintain in huge applications, where building and reusing your own components may become a better approach.

  • Rail's front end support is starting to waver.

  • C# .NET code is far easier to understand, debug and maintain. Although certainly not easier to learn from scratch.

  • Though Rails has an excellent programming speed, C# tends to get the upper hand in long term projects.

I would avise to stick to rails when building small projects, and switching to C# for more long term ones.

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Ing. Alvaro RodrĂ­guez Scelza
Software Systems Engineer at Ripio · | 8 upvotes · 113.2K views

Decided to change all my stack to microsoft technologies for they behave just great together. It is very easy to set up and deploy projects using visual studio and azure. Visual studio is also an amazing IDE, if not the best, when used for C#, it allows you to work in every aspect of your software.

Visual studio templates for ASP.NET MVC are the best I've found compared to django, rails, laravel, and others.

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Pros of .NET
Pros of Symfony
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    Tight integration with visual studio
  • 249
    Stable code
  • 179
    Great community
  • 170
    Reliable and strongly typed server side language.
  • 131
    Microsoft
  • 107
    Fantastic documentation
  • 81
    Great 3rd party libraries
  • 70
    Speedy
  • 64
    Great azure integration
  • 56
    Great support
  • 24
    Highly productive
  • 23
    Linq
  • 22
    High Performance
  • 21
    Great programming languages (C#, VB)
  • 19
    C#
  • 18
    Open source
  • 12
    Clean markup with razor
  • 12
    Powerful Web application framework (ASP.NET MVC)
  • 12
    Powerful ORM (EntityFramework)
  • 10
    Fast
  • 8
    Constantly improving to keep up with new trends
  • 8
    Visual studio + Resharper = <3
  • 7
    Dependency injection
  • 6
    TFS
  • 5
    Job opportunities
  • 5
    High-Performance
  • 5
    Integrated and Reliable
  • 5
    Security
  • 5
    Huge ecosystem and communities
  • 5
    Light-weight
  • 4
    Lovely
  • 4
    Variations
  • 3
    Useful IoC
  • 3
    Scaffolding
  • 3
    Asynchrony
  • 3
    Concurrent
  • 3
    Support and SImplicity
  • 3
    {get; set;}
  • 2
    Default Debuging tools
  • 2
    Entity framework
  • 167
    Open source
  • 139
    Php
  • 122
    Dependency injection
  • 121
    Community
  • 114
    Professional
  • 74
    Doctrine
  • 66
    Organized
  • 62
    Modular architecture
  • 42
    Smart programming
  • 38
    Solid
  • 14
    Documentation
  • 11
    LTS releases
  • 6
    Robust
  • 6
    Easy to Learn
  • 5
    Good practices guideline
  • 5
    Bundle
  • 5
    Decoupled framework components
  • 4
    Service container
  • 4
    Simple
  • 2
    Powerful
  • 1
    Flexible

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Cons of .NET
Cons of Symfony
  • 9
    C#
  • 9
    Too expensive to deploy and maintain
  • 7
    Microsoft itself
  • 5
    Microsoft dependable systems
  • 3
    Hard learning curve
  • 9
    Too many dependency
  • 7
    Lot of config files
  • 3
    YMAL
  • 1
    Bloated
  • 1
    Feature creep

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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.

What is Symfony?

It is written with speed and flexibility in mind. It allows developers to build better and easy to maintain websites with PHP..

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