While building a web application for your business, you must keep in mind the latest industry and web development trends. At the same time, you also need to pick the right web technologies to effectuate and speed up development of your custom business solution. You have option to choose from many popular web technologies including HTML5, Objective-C, Java, and Microsoft .NET.
As the most recent specification of HyperText Markup Language (HTML), HTML5 enables programmers to create websites, compatible with a wide range of devices, without relying on browsers plug-ins. The programmers can use < audio > and < video > tags to deliver rich media content to users without using any third-party tools, and writing lengthy code. Likewise, the developers can use Java to create both web applications and Android mobile apps. As a high-level programming language, Java makes it easier for developers to rapidly create a variety of modern applications.
At the same time, the developers also use Objective-C to write applications for OS X and iOS. As an object-oriented and general programming language, Objective-C is designed by adding several new features and functionality to the C programming language. However, the smart web developers opt for Microsoft .NET to create websites that deliver richer user experience, and can be deployed and updated without any hassle. Microsoft has further revamped both ASP.NET and C# to make them score over other programming languages and web frameworks.
Why You Must Consider Investing in C# and ASP.NET?
Major Changes Made by Microsoft
Microsoft recently made many changes to the .NET platform, C# and ASP.NET. The company made .NET platform open source, while making it available for Windows, Linux and OS X. Likewise, it completely revamped ASP.NET. The most recent version of the web framework comes with a completely new design, three distinct runtimes, and a number of advanced features. It further supports only a single programming language, i.e., C#s. Similarly, Microsoft released C# 6.0 with a number of new features like option to use any static class as a namespace, auto property initialization, and dictionary initialization. Your business can take advantage of the new features of ASP.NET 2015 and C# 6.0 to create cross-platform web applications that deliver richer user experience.
Use a Unified Framework
While using earlier versions of ASP.NET, web developers loved to use MVC, while exploring alternatives to Web Forms. ASP.NET 2015 no longer supports Web Forms. At the same time, it enables programmers to use a unified framework called MVC 6. MVC 6 allows developers to use ASP.NET MVC, Web API, and Web Pages together without any conflict in the features of individual frameworks. The unified framework further makes it easier for programmers to create a variety of applications without writing separate code for MVC, Web API or Web Pages.
No Need to Rebuild Your Projects
Earlier, web developers have to put extra time and effort to make changes to an existing website. After making changes to the web application, they have to rebuild the entire project to check their effects. The rebuilding option was also affecting the website updates adversely. But ASP.NET 2015 is designed with Roslyn Compiler. Roslyn Compiler allows programmers to check effects of the changes made by them instantaneously without rebuilding the project. Thus, you can use ASP.NET and C# to update and modify the web application within a shorter span of time.
Cloud Ready Configuration
The latest version of ASP.NET comes with three distinct runtimes. The programmers can use Core CLR which is a fully modular and cloud-ready runtime. It enables developers to use the same configuration, session state, diagnostic and cache in both on premise and cloud platform. The cloud-ready configuration makes it easier for programmers to deploy and publish projects to the cloud without worrying about complex configuration. You can even take advantage of the Core CLR to migrate existing projects to the cloud platform.
Option to Choose from Several Hosting Platforms
You also have option to host the ASP.NET application on a number of platforms. The application written in ASP.NET 2015 will not talk to the web server directly. The web framework now uses a modular HTTP request pipeline that supports many hosts. Thus, you can now deploy the web application on Internet Information Services (IIS), Kestrel server or Open Web Interface for .Net (OWIN) based server. At the same time, you also have option to self-host the application by following a custom process. The host agnostic feature of ASP.NET now makes it easier for you to switch the web application from one hosting platform to another smoothly.
Use Popular Development Environments
The earlier versions of ASP.NET require developers to use a single development environment, i.e., Visual Studio. But the latest version of the web framework is cross platform. It allows users to use a Cross-Platform CLR to create web applications for OS X and Linux. The cross-platform runtime enables developers to create ASP.NET application using their favourite device and development environment. Thus, ASP.NET programmer can now build ASP.NET applications from their Macbook Pros. Likewise; they also have option to use several development environments including WebStorm and Sublime Text. The programmers can further use Atom, Brackets, Emacs and other editors.
Work with Popular Client-Side Frameworks
Most web frameworks are designed with features to effectuate server-side programming. So users have to put extra effort to manage client-side technologies. But ASP.NET 2015 supports some of the most popular client-side frameworks including AngularJS, Bootstrap, GruntJS and KnockoutJS. Along with being a popular framework for creating single-page websites, AngularJS further expands HTML vocabulary to create a quicker and robust development environment.
On the whole, you have option to choose from a variety of programming languages and web frameworks. You can even use the open source technologies to create robust web applications without increasing project overheads. However, it is always important to choose the right programming language and web framework for your business after evaluating the pros and cons of these widely used web technologies.