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Every individual who has been to the software industry would have certainly heard of Java and .Net. They are two of the leading technologies used for the development of desktop and server-side applications.
Now, we are going to do is a comparison between a programming language (Java) and a framework (.Net). You might have heard people referring to both, Java and.Net as frameworks. Out of the two, only .Net is actually a framework. The .Net platform uses the ASP.NET as a web application framework with which developers create web applications.
As mentioned earlier, Java is a programming language used to develop software for several platforms. This programming language has much of its program code's syntax derived from two other famous programming languages: namely C and C++.
Java applications which are written and developed by programmers run on most operating systems, such as Mac OS, Windows and Linux. The programming language developed by James A. Gosling in the mid-1990s. He was a former computer scientist at Sun Microsystems.
Developing a program using Java requires a Java Software Development Kit (SDK). A Java SDK typically includes an interpreter, compiler, documentation generator and several other tools that help in producing a complete web application. By using Integrated Development Environments (IDEs), the development time of the software or app using Java programming language can be reduced. Some of the commonly used IDEs include NetBeans, JCreator, JBuilder or Eclipse.
The .Net framework is developed by Microsoft and runs primarily on Microsoft Windows. Microsoft released .Net during 2002. This software development platform is a free and open-source development platform which supports the development of a wide variety of applications.
With the help of the .Net platform, one can use different languages, libraries and editors to develop software/applications for mobile, web, IoT, gaming and desktop. The different programming languages supported in .Net include, Visual Basic, F#, and C#.
After going through all the points mentioned above, are you able to reach a conclusion on which one is better than the other? No, right?
That is because, though both Java and .Net have different approaches, they have a common goal, which is to build website or desktop apps and other scalable software solutions for enterprises. Both have their own features; which means, it is up to you as a developer to choose one from the two technologies based on the project requirement. Below are a few points to be considered: