Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Is .NET Core ready for Business/Enterprise development?

If you have read all of the hype on .NET Core/ASP.NET Core, you may be wondering if ASP.NET Core is TRULY ready for Business/Enterprise development.

The best way to judge this for yourself is to read the recent MSDN Blogs:


In this article, you can see that you have to COMPLETELY re-write functionality for reading configuration files if you decide to move to ASP.NET Core 1.0!!

Next up, if you look at the roadmap for .NET Core, you will see that there are several enhancements already planned for an upcoming release of .NET Core:  https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/dotnet/2016/09/26/introducing-net-standard/

Therefore, Microsoft is basically acknowledging that .NET Core 1.0 is NOT ready for most businesses/enterprises to adopt since a lot of the functionality that developers have used in the past with ASP.NET MVC 5 and ASP.NET Web API 2.2 and other features in the .NET Framework are simply not available in .NET Core today.

This is rather unfortunate since .NET Core brings a lot of exciting features to the table including cross-platform compatibility.  However, the fact is that most developers will end up writing a TON of code to fill in the gaps currently left open by .NET Core 1.0.

On the bright side, much like ASP.NET MVC in its infancy several years ago, it seems that .NET Core will evolve rather quickly to be able to be used in the near future.  I am crossing my fingers and hoping that these features get added sooner rather than later, but given how many years I have been working with Microsoft products, I know not to have too many high expectations.  After all, there are features in some products that took 10 or more years before they were introduced into platforms such as SQL Server, Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server etc. and even in ASP.NET MVC 5 today, there are many features lacking that make it as usable a web development framework as ASP.NET Web Forms...


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