Talking to developers about C#, they find it most simple, compatible, dynamic, and object-oriented programming language. Learning c# is very easy, if one knows about Java or C++.
However, many may think completely the other way round. Probably they are not aware with its facts and features, or they have some misconceptions.
Before we get on to understand what it is, let us take a quick look what are the widely presumed misconceptions about C# that has restricted many developers from using this language-
- “It is only Microsoft’s property”- Well answer to this is no! Microsoft did developed it, but ECMA and ISO approved it.
- “It can only run in Windows”- This fact is not true. As it is Common Language Infrastructure, it can function on any platform.
- “It runs efficiently on Windows and not on Linux “- The C# compiler is not specifically designed for Windows, but for other versions as well like Linux. Thus, it can run efficiently on all operating systems.
Reading the afore-mentioned points it is quite clear that there are no grounds of it but are mere myths.
Now once we are clear with C# myths, let us now get started to read about it and its advantages.
What is C# (C sharp)?
C# is an object oriented programming language designed for the Common Language Infrastructure (CLI). It is most simple, yet an effective programming language including strong typing feature.
Different versions of C#
C# helps to build a safe and robust application on .NET framework, which is why this language is dearest to developers. Following are few other advantages of this language that states its importance for developers-
Advantages of C#-
- C# 1.0
- C# 1.2
- C# 2.0
- C# 3.0
- C# 4.0
- C# 5.0
- C# 6.0
- C# is simple to understand and easy to learn language
- No need of COM plumbing or registry lookups because namespace and classes can easily be imported in this language.
- Its syntax are easy as compared to other languages like C++
- Operator overloading function can easily be applied in it, which is not there in VB.NET
- Access to memory directly is possible in it
- Nested classes can easily be derived in this language, which is allowed in C and C++
- The biggest advantage of this language is it support reflection mechanism
- C# can easily be used in conjunction with .NET language
If you are confused between ASP.NET MVC (Model View Controller) technology and classic ASP.NET, then this post is going to be a great help for you.
ASP.NET Web forms is a traditional model. It is event driven development model with event driven web pages written as a combination of HTML, server controls, and server code.
Although both the frameworks are used to develop ASP.NET applications, but more and more developers are progressively choosing to make use of ASP.NET MVC because of the limitations of ASP.NET Web Forms.
Let us understand the difference between the two frameworks, to determine which one is the best –
- Page life cycle is followed in web forms, whereas no page life cycle is used in latest model.
- ASP.NET Web Forms employs Page controller pattern method (each page is allocated a controller), whereas MVC utilizes Front Controller method, which mean there is a shared controlled for all the pages for implementation of layout.
- Classic web forms have no separation of concerns because each page has its own controllers. Whereas, MVC has clean separation of concerns because controllers are shared for all pages and neatly separated.
- Classic framework does not support automated testing, while things are quite simple in the MVC approach.
- Classic method employs stateful behavior and viewstate, whereas MVC works on stateless behavior and no viewstate concept.
- Statefulness behavior and big viewstate in classic method causes problem while building web application. However, use of controller and non-dependent state on view in latest web development MVC framework generates clean output.
- Classic approach is optimal for small-scale applications with limited team size, whereas Model View Controller is used for large-scale applications where different teams work together.
The above stated points clearly explain the advantages of MVC model. While developers are increasingly choosing ASP.NET MVC, it must be acknowledged that classic ASP.NET has its own loyal fan base as well.