In this age, startups contribute a lot in driving innovation across various industries. Not all startups succeed in their ventures however. Initially, it wasn’t easy for startups to compete and eventually surpass their already-established competitors and grow their own reputation at the same time. Software development startups, particularly, had many hurdles ahead of them at that time and they still do.

But Microsoft recently announced an initiative that could benefit startups in their run on dynamic, competitive environments – Microsoft for Startups. Also known as the Bizspark program, the initiative provides startups that lack funds for licenses and platforms an opportunity to develop and market enterprise-grade software solutions.

The ASP.NET program along with Bizspark is now considered an excellent way for startups to take their first step in the tech world. This consequently led to a rise in demand for ASP.NET development services. ASP.NET is now seen as a technology that startups can leverage for accelerated growth. We will be exploring this subject in this blog. But before we begin, here are a few facts that emphasize the importance of ASP.NET and the reason for its ever-growing popularity.

A SimilarTech research found that over 17 million websites are built using ASP.NET. According to BuiltWith, over 41 million live websites use ASP.NET in their records at present.

Let’s dig into how the popular Microsoft technology solution can help startups in 2019.
 

Easy interoperability

 
With Microsoft releasing Windows 10 IoT, startups have an opening they can utilize to grow faster in a world that’s expected to be dominated by the Internet of Things in the times to come. However, interoperability is a concern that many IoT enthusiasts have.

With ASP.NET, interoperability won’t be an issue. As a matter of fact, it’d be more secure with ASP.NET. Combined with Microsoft Azure IoT suite, the framework grants impressive open source flexibility that amplifies development speed without compromising security.

So in 2019, for startups planning to take a shot with IoT as ammunition, ASP.NET guarantees a precise aim and stability.
 

Security for the future

 
As technologies advance and IoT gains momentum, data security concerns and the increasing tenacity of cyber-criminals make startups hesitant to pool their available resources to drive innovation. ASP.NET however has evolved big enough to combat most cyber-threats with its high-end security features. The Microsoft framework’s MVC architecture makes it even easier to build scalable applications that can be easily integrated with existing business applications without opening up security holes.
 

The Azure harmony

 
We are pretty sure that the cloud holds the future for almost every kind of business that deals with new-gen technologies. For companies that rely on Microsoft platforms for growth, Microsoft Azure is an appealing and beneficial choice. But what makes Azure an ideal choice for startups is the fact that it goes hand in hand with ASP.NET. The combination has a very low fail-rate for startups that are prepared to wield them effectively. It will certainly make a difference for startups this year, and the cherry on top is that Microsoft will be there to help.
 

Improved versatility for mobile app development

 
Back in the day, it wasn’t easy for application developers to build mobile apps based on .NET. But now things have changed. .NET evolved over the years to become even more versatile than it used to be, enabling startups to build mobile apps that can provide rich user experiences without hassle.
 

Conclusion

 
ASP.NET has always been known for its versatility and diversity. Despite being pitted against strong rivals, the framework has been successfully retaining its demand and popularity for years. With its great flexibility and multitude of impressive features, ASP. NET is undoubtedly the most ideal web solution for startups to begin their journey to success in 2019.

Written by: Ratheesh V S

It is not that difficult to find comparisons between ASP.NET and PHP in the internet. As a matter of fact, it’s all over the internet with two factions defending both these technologies and attempting to put down the other.  The real question should be where these technologies are best suited rather than which one comes out on top. Both ASP.NET development services and PHP development services enjoy great demand in the market today. Let’s explore the core features of both languages.
 

Microsoft ASP.NET

 
The development languages for the open source ASP.NET includes VB.NET, C#, C#.NET, and F#, and uses tools like Visual Studio and Mono to develop high performance websites. The server OS is of course Microsoft Windows, and it shares a syntax similar to VB. Despite being open source, ASP.NET isn’t technically free as there are quite a few associated costs.
 

PHP

 
A full open source scripting language, PHP leverages tools like PhpStorm, NetBeans, and various other editors. It is compatible with servers running on Linux, mac, or Windows, and comes with a syntax similar to C and C++ languages. PHP is free to use, and a large community backing it with technical support.
 

Choosing between ASP.NET and PHP

 
To reach a conclusion, it’s better to compare the most important aspects of both ASP.NET and PHP.

Scalability

Considering the fact that the scalability of a web application depends on the expertise of the programmers, the coding standards, the development framework, and programming practices and guidelines, both PHP and ASP.NET are fully capable of delivering highly scalable web applications.

Performance

There is a wrong notion that the performance and speed of a website or web app depends on the platform. PHP sites and ASP.NET sites rival each other when it comes to performance as both are capable of running routine processes and delivering desired results quickly.

As for the speed, it also depends on various other factors like database server, end-user’s computer hardware power and bandwidth. For the application to possess considerable speed, the code should be written well and the architecture should be implemented the right way.

Support

PHP is slightly ahead when it comes to support, owing to the larger pool of developers and an ever-growing community. ASP.NET is not far behind however as Microsoft invests a lot in supporting most of its technologies for website and software development, and the community is as helpful as the ASP.NET community. For developers with technical queries, the PHP community would still respond faster owing to its sheer volume of dedicated developers.

Cost

Despite the open source license, ASP.NET is still a Microsoft product and there are obviously going to be associated costs. PHP, however, is completely free. ASP.NET requires Windows OS running on the machine, which was considered to be more expensive than using the open source Linux OS which PHP supports. However, Microsoft’s recently made Windows hosting much less costly – now almost equivalent to the expense of Linux hosting.

But when it comes to professional web development, ASP.NET requires Visual Studio. Though a free version called VS Express is available for beginners, the IDE won’t cut it for professional development of sophisticated web applications. PHP, on the other hand, supports a variety of great IDEs – both free and paid.

Suitability

While PHP is ideal for smaller business websites, billing websites, and startups, ASP.NET is what companies rely on for enterprise-level websites and ERP apps. ASP.NET can also be used to build enterprise-class CRM systems, while PHP can be used for less complex CRMs.
 

Conclusion

 
All these points make choosing between the two quite challenging. But ultimately, a developing a good product cost-effectively depends on the development team’s strengths. If your developers are experts in the most popular Microsoft Technology, ASP.NET development would certainly be cost effective. Its rival, PHP, is not a slouch either provided the suitability of the application language is analyzed beforehand.

Written by: Ratheesh V S