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Blazor vs. Angular: Choosing the Right Framework for Your .NET Team

by DeeDee Walsh, on May 8, 2024 11:45:38 AM

A .NET Developer's Dilemma

Okay, if you're used to building apps in .NET, the world of web development can feel like a whole different planet. Suddenly, instead of comfortable C#, you're supposed to be fluent in this thing called JavaScript (and probably TypeScript, whatever that is). Blazor and Angular are both awesome ways to build web apps, but they take totally different routes.

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The Big Question: Do You Really Want to Leave C#?

  • Blazor: "Nope!" you say. Blazor lets you stick with C# all the way. If your team already knows .NET, that's a massive win. Less stuff to learn, and you might even get to reuse some code between your desktop apps and the web version.
  • Angular: "Bring on the JavaScript world!" Angular means diving into TypeScript and a whole new way of thinking about web apps. But, hey, there's a ton of cool libraries and tools out there that can make your life easier.

How Does Building Them Feel?

  • Blazor: Think of it like .NET development with superpowers. Components, Visual Studio tooling... it's going to feel familiar. This makes getting a basic app going quite fast.
  • Angular: Get ready for a solid learning curve. But Angular gives you a well-established framework with clear patterns. Kinda like that feeling when you finally 'get' dependency injection.

What About Speed?

  • Blazor WebAssembly: Your app can get surprisingly close to native desktop performance in some cases. The downside? Users might notice a slightly larger initial download.
  • Angular: JavaScript frameworks have been optimized for years. Expect snappy updates and fast rendering.

Community & Stuff

  • Blazor: It's the new kid on the block. Growing fast, but you won't find the same insane number of libraries as in the JavaScript world.
  • Angular: Huge community, backed by Google. Need a weird component to display llama grooming schedules? Someone's probably already made it.

So, Which One's the Winner?

Honestly, it depends on your priorities:

  • Blazor might be perfect if: You've got a ton of .NET code, want to get up to speed quickly, and don't need the fanciest bleeding-edge web features.
  • Angular makes sense if: You're ready for big complex web apps, want tons of components and libraries at your fingertips, or just love pushing the boundaries of what browsers can do.

There's no right or wrong answer – it's about what works best for your team! Which way are you leaning, and why? Hit me up and let me know.



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