A lot of free products and frameworks were built using Java as their core technology during the open-source boom. This was due to the multi-platform capabilities provided by the Java Virtual Machine and their write-once/run everywhere premise. Since then, the open-source community has grown tremendously and many of its members have become not only Java developers, but Java enthusiasts.Now, many of those same people work as decision-makers and manage large IT departments and projects.As time went by, Microsoft noticed how behind they were in the open-source world and how discredited they were within the open-source community. This disrupted the Microsoft development ecosystem and caused them to launch .NET Core with the same premises as Java: write once/run everywhere (or almost everywhere). Nowadays, Java and .NET Core are not a developer's only options. There are plenty of different technologies for different focuses and different goals. However, the discussion about portability remains for these two stacks. Both .NET Core and Java applications can run on Linux or Windows and choosing which stack is right for your organization will most likely require a deep analysis. Part of that analysis should be that Java isn't free anymore, but .NET Core promises to be free for a long time.
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About the Author: Luis Canizares is a senior .NET developer with 15 years of experience in a variety of development roles including, software developer, team lead, architect and project leader. He has been a number8 consultant for the past 2 years.
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