Why .NET Is Such A Preferred Technology For Medium And Large Sized Companies
Medium to large companies use .Net framework for developing desktop and web applications. .Net framework uses all the important elements in the .Net class library and is built on Common Language Runtime (CLR). Here are some reasons why .Net is used by medium to large companies:
.Net community is very big and so is its platform. Hence, it caters mostly to the requirements of the enterprise market and is mostly centered around building enterprise architectures, supporting legacy systems and creating support for large business processes. Start ups do not generally use .Net because they have other issues to look after, and those issues cannot be solves with .Net. Their issues are mostly centered around experience design, supporting multiple clients, browsers, concurrency and so on. .Net developers who would like to work for hot start ups would have to quit using .Net and choose a start up friendly platform like Ruby and Python.
.Net cross platform is possible
Microsoft has announced that .Net is now available for cross platform requirements (for both Mac and Linux). Combine that with the recent announcement of open-sourcing many of its server-side .Net core stack. Both these decisions go hand in hand and have been accepted largely by both medium and large companies. Though the .Net framework would remain connected to Windows, the new core subset would be supported by both Linux and Mac. Thus, the cross-platform support is extended to only .Net Core and not .Net Framework. You still cannot create a Windows app with WPF and then hope it would run in Linux.
.Net application uses managed codes
Developers are keen on using managed codes because they comply to Intermediate Language and not to machine code. Many businesses prefer managed code to unmanaged code because of its performance feature. Additionally, .Net is an object oriented programming and thus eliminates the amount of codes that are used; the unnecessary ones are all given up. The developers are happy because there is less coding and still they are able to create interactive websites that would attract people to the website. With .Net you can create fully functional websites and it has an innovative base class library that makes web development easier. Other benefits like type-safe code, integrated security, automatic memory allocation and deallocation are all other benefits enjoyed when you use managed codes. Security was integrated into the .Net framework right from the very beginning, because Microsoft takes security of customer confidence very seriously. This makes it advantageous to businesses. Scalability and reliability are two main features of .Net framework, and another reason why medium to large businesses prefer to use it. You can create several applications with .Net platform. They are:
- Product/inventory applications
- Warehousing applications
- Value chain/supply management
- XML Web services
- PDA handheld applications
- Customer relationship management
- Accounting applications
.Net helps with ROI
Ultimately, the one thing that every business is concerned about is ROI or Return on Investment. Medium to larger size companies have experience in how to manage their ROI infrastructure and funds due to their experience in conducting practical business when compared to start ups, and .Net helps a lot with ROI. Microsoft has thankfully developed lots of reusable codes, so developers no longer have to develop codes each time they develop an app. This is a great advantage because only less time is required to develop apps, and apps that take less time to develop would take less number of resources.
.Net helps in scalability
Another reason why large companies prefer .Net is that it helps in scalability. There are certain companies that start out small, but see huge success in the long run. Often companies that earn huge profits might still want to run their applications on .Net because they do not want to invest more time in updating their infrastructure or their use any more resources. Using .Net applications would help with scalability when your company grows. Applications can scale when created using .Net and this helps to support the additional load. Developers do not have to rework and rework on the applications that were created when the company was still small.
In the past, deployment of applications was a very difficult task. Several reasons made deployment difficult but one major reason could be attributed to the DLLs (Dynamic Link Libraries) that had to be deployed and registered. It was quite difficult to maintain and run all the DLLs in a single machine; managing different versions was simply out of question. .Net came as a savior here and allowed for different DLL versions to be played on a single machine.
When running a large company, it is important that you have a robust and reliable engine to run all the applications. .Net application has proved to be quite reliable and has been instrumental in developing thousands of applications, both big and small. .Net comes integrated with checks and balances that insure all the applications run smoothly. There are very few instances of business applications made with .Net having a failure, so this is a good option for e-commerce sites.
If you are a small start-up on the verge of making it big, you would probably like to migrate to .Net. This is easily possible .Net can co-exist with the old applications that you have been using, so you don’t have to rewrite them. All you need to do is create new applications with .Net and retain the old ones as they are.
Interesting links about the topic:
Why .NET? Technology Guide for Business Applications
Main Advantages Of Using ASP.NET For Web Development
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The author: Reema Oamkumar is engaged as a thought leader at www.Software-Developer-India.com which is a part of the YUHIRO Group. YUHIRO is a German-Indian enterprise which provides programmers to IT companies, agencies and IT departments.