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Over the years of software development, you will hear many differing opinions on what framework or language is the easiest or best to use. And ultimately each has its own set of strengths and weaknesses and will perform better or worse in different situations. In this post however we will be focussing on ASP.NET in particular and the parts of it that make it great to use and fun, and then those parts of it that are just a pain.
- Separation. Each component of an ASP.NET project is segregated from everything else and allows for separate input, process and output for the application. This follows a three-tier architecture, Model-View-Controller, with interconnecting parts that all each handle specific development aspects
- Reduction of coding time. There are multiple types of code review available to you and this will help you improve your code quality.
- Simplicity. Each task can be performed easily due to the common language runtime that makes the development process a simple one. The framework lets you build user interfaces that can separate application logic and presentataion code.
- Costly. When compared to other open source alternatives, ASP.NET is expensive due to things like needing a SQL Server license, Visual Studio License, Windows server licenses and others. The general upkeep of the framework can also be fairly expensive and you may have to use more web server resources than other languages.
- Poor documentation. The documentation for ASP.NET is not the greatest and you may be required to do a lot more digging and experimentation than you might be used to to get the result you want in the end.
- Changes. Changing the version of something in your app may not always be as simple as one might like as it might work perfectly well in your current version but not so in the next. This may then force you to get help from GitHub.
These are only a handfull of pros and cons when using ASP.NET and they are all subject to your opinion and what works for you. Personally I enjoy working in ASP.NET far more than say something like VueJS or Angular. It definitly has a bit of a learning curve and maybe more so than any other framework but it works for me and I am able to produce the results I want.