.NET was introduced back in 2001 and since then, when it comes to developing a secure, powerful, and performance, the framework is on the top of the list all the time. There are currently two .NET versions, the .NET Framework and there’s the .NET Core, but in the future, there would be one version that would have the power of both. There are almost 50 languages supported by .NET, but our main focus is .NET Core, as well as its most commonly used languages C# and F#.
In any custom software development process, .NET Core is considered the most-loved non-web framework. Nevertheless, it appears that the .NET Framework is still more popular and used by more organizations than .NET Core. With the predictions for the .NET framework this year, let’s take a look.
Comparison of Stackoverflow Surveys
Check out these results from the survey for 2018 and 2019.
Top Libraries, Frameworks, and Tools
In the survey, the results are quite interesting, with .NET Core in the number one spot in 2019 than in 2018. Nevertheless, it’s surprising to see that .NET is back in the game.
A great surprise is that .NET is back in the game. It could be because Microsoft announced .NET 5.
Most dreaded wanted and loved
It turned out that .NET Core is the most wanted, loved, yet dreaded framework in 2019. This means that from other frameworks, custom software developers want to move to .NET Core.
Scripting, Programming, and Markup Languages
C#, as we can see gained popularity in 2019 as well, compared to back in 2018. Now, let’s find out what TIOBE Index showcases about C#’s popularity.
The change of rank in the statistics above is a positive tool. C# is at the 5th position whereas it was at the 6th place in 2018.
C#, according to PYPL is at the 4th place of the most popular languages. It furthermore states that the more a language tutorial is being searched through Google, then the more that it’s considered popular.
Top Back-end Frameworks Survey (CodingInfinite)
Vacancy Trend of .NET Core
The following .NET Core Job Vacancy Trend Survey is by itjobswatch.
The job vacancies in .NET Core are growing.
Average Salary of .NET Core
Based on ZipRecruiter, the following is the yearly average salary of a .NET Core developer.
Let’s check out the Stackoverflow’s Highest Salaries Technologies all over the world.
F# was at the top in 2018. In 2019 it falls to the second spot but has a yearly average salary of $80K than in 2018, where it only has $74K. Moreover, we can see the entry of C# among the highest paying technologies last year.
.NET 5 Overview
It would be a single and open-source unified platform for everything, which includes Mac, Windows, Web, Mobile, Cloud, IoT, Machine Learning, Gaming, and Data Science.
The date of release will be in November. These are the dates announced by Microsoft about the future versions of .NET.
Major .NET Trends that Dominate in 2020
1. Popular .NET Core
The release of .NET Core recently makes it one of the hottest frameworks in the market at present. The framework includes GC, AOT, Runtime, Base Class Library, JIT, C#ASP.NET, and so on. .NET Core version 3.1 is faster and smaller, making it the ideal solution in custom application development for cloud installations in which speed and density are critical.
Furthermore, it also has support for HTTP/2. This makes porting desktop apps to the framework easier for developers. Version 3.1 nevertheless is not considered as a .NET Framework feature.
2. Cloud Service
The cloud continues to grow in the IT field since it provides an enormous storage capacity. A big amount of data could be stored and accessed anytime, anywhere all over the world. With the growing business trend, Microsoft developed a cloud storage app called Azure, which provides a huge and complete big data and analytics solution.
With Azure, enterprises using an ASP.NET app could deploy on the cloud with the ASP.NET MVC front-end.
3. .NET 5, the Fabulous Framework
Now, the future of the framework is ready to rise with the fabulous and famous .NET 5. Enabling custom software developers to migrate to Blazor, or other options, including React, Angular, and Vue SPA frameworks, it’s among the best frameworks in the industry. Other tech stacks have joined the .NET 5 bandwagon, which includes WPF, Winforms, and UWP. All these techs support desktop applications that work on Windows alone.
.NET 5 Offerings
- ASP.NET Core, replacing ASP.NET
- EF Core, an Entity Framework Core takes the place of EF 6.
- MSIX, a new packaging tool for desktop apps, replacing the MSI package installer.
- ASP.NET Core MVC, it unifies Web API and ASP.NET MVC
- JsonDocument, which will replace json.net
4. ML.NET 1.4
The new Microsoft ML.NET 1.4 update lets you innovate .NET apps with new and exciting machine learning features. ML.NET , a cross-platform, open-source machine learning framework consists of a CLI, or Command-Line Interface and Model Builder to make building custom machine learning models easy with the use of AutoML, or Automated Machine Learning.
With ML.NET, developers that provide a custom application development service could integrate it with their existing tools for developing and infusing custom ML to their apps through building custom machine learning models for common instances, including price prediction, sentiment analysis, customer segmentation, sales forecast prediction, image classification and so on.
Open-source, free, and one of the hottest frameworks for crafting amazing web applications, with an assortment of Razor, C#, and HTML. Developers could create User Interfaces that are interactive with C#. Moreover, sharing codes and libraries in C# makes it easier for developers to write server and client code. To run, it doesn’t need any additional add-ons or plugins.
With the help of WebAssembly, Blazor could directly run on a browser with client-side C# code or run the server-side.
It’s interesting to see how developers write for the web today. Blazor features include:
- Dependency injection
- Validation and forms
- Server-side rendering
When planning to develop any software app, you should check out its security features. With .NET, you have fewer worries regarding security since it provides features, such as code checks, validations, code access security, and encryptions. The MVC architecture leans on the SoC and thus allows secure and scalable mobile and web apps.
.NET, with its new release and features in the market continues to grow in the technology world. Whether planning to build dynamic mobile apps or websites, or even business intelligence applications, the Microsoft framework has all the features, which make apps more reliable, scalable, and secure.
All the surveys and statistics are shown above clearly state that no one should have doubts about the future of .NET if you’re working as a .NET Core or .NET developer. Why the majority of the powerful apps today are developed on .NET or .NET Core is because it’s managed by Microsoft, as well as the open-source community.
.NET Core is among the top frameworks for almost all kinds of apps, for any size of app or device. Microsoft and the development community have done so much work to make the framework competitive in the market, helping developers build powerful apps with the best scalability and performance.
- DotNet Predictions for 2020 – Top Trends of .NET Core - January 28, 2021