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Java vs .NET

In the world of technology and computers, man is going deeper and deeper inside the heart of learning it and is making it easier for common people. Everything in application and software development is coded and compiled by us. Almost everything in computers and applications needs some commands to work properly. So here comes the topic of computer languages. A computer language is a set of different command lines given to the computer to get the desired output.

The most popular computer languages are: C++, C#, Java, .NET, and HTML with C++ being the most powerful. However, we will be discussing about the differences between “Java” and “.NET” further in this article.

Java was developed at Sun Microsystems by James Gosling. It derives its most syntax from the popular languages C and its predecessor C++. Java is a simple but powerful language used in mobile, enterprise, and other high-end applications as well. It is basically a language plus a runtime. Java is simple and runs nearly on all platforms like Microsoft Windows, SunOS, Mac, and Linux. It uses third-party tools and servers making it very vast and effective.

Java on mobile platforms works very quickly and efficiently. The most popular platform includes the J2ME platform which uses basic Java to GUID conversion. First launched on the Nokia platform, Java is a virus-free, fast, easy-to-use application language. Java is currently the most popular computer language as it delivers more flexibility and stability than any other language.

.NET is a programming language which appeared on February 13th, 2002. This framework was produced by Microsoft Corporation. It is made to run only on the Microsoft Windows platform. It basically includes codes from C-Sharp (C#), J-Sharp (J#) and Visual Basic.NET. .NET is also a quite powerful language but, unlike Java, it does not support multiple platforms and is only compiled in Windows. It has only a runtime environment and gets its derived tools only from Microsoft Corporation making it strict and non-flexible unlike Java. .NET has a very fast and efficient architecture which is very powerful in itself. It has a superior development environment.


1.Java was developed by Sun while .NET was developed by Microsoft.
2.Java is platform independent which runs on different operating systems like Windows, Linux, and Mac while .NET is for Windows.

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  1. This comparison has many errors, confuses platforms with languages and to top it off, seems to be quite biased. Should not be used as a reliable source!

    Just two examples: 1) .NET is not a language, as is said several times. It is a framework or platform consisting of several languages. 2) C++ is not the predecessor of C, but its successor.

    But the main thing is that a comparison between Java and .NET should be a comparison between PLATFORMS, not languages. This article mixes these concepts into a mess.

  2. Java Vs .Net – Very good discussion. As this post is little old, I’m adding few more close differences in my comment.

    Here you go!

    -> .Net primarily supports windows platform whereas Java supports multiple platforms. While .Net applications are made for windows OS, Java applications will run on any OS.

    -> .Net is built on native software Windows while .Net is built on a 3rd party OS. While .Net comes with windows platform, Java has to be purchased separately.

    -> While Java has many vendors, versions and rates, .Net comes only from Microsoft

    -> .Net has a standard IDE (Integrated Development Environment) available with a complete set of tools that are required for developing and deploying packages.

    -> Java has many IDEs depending on the vendor from whom the software is bought.

    Learn more: http://www.zealousys.com/blog/java-vs-dotnet-16205

    I hope this one has helped you more!

  3. Very nice comparison. This blog helped to gain more knowledge from this blog.

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