How to Convert .Net Framework to .Net Core

18 August 2022 Writer: Lera Grechanik 517 views

.NET Core (shorted as .NET) is an open source framework designed to develop cross-platform software. Microsoft brought .NET to the world, and they continue to contribute to framework improvement alongside developers on GitHub.

 .NET Core heads to the top position of developer’s most favored frameworks and tools chart. Based on the 2020 developer survey published on Stack Overflow, 71.5% of respondents enjoyed their .NET experience. 

So, let’s figure out what’s so luring this framework has when it comes to .NET framework applications.

Introduction to .Net Core

Various operating systems support makes .NET be completely divergent. .NET technology stack features several languages to choose from C#, F#, Visual Basic. Thanks to that, the application area is also far-reaching and stretches among web development, mobile development, desktop application development, mobile game development, as well as the development of APIs and microservices, ML and AI, IoT, etc.

Another distinguishing feature of .NET is a modulated structure. Each component is updated via a separate package manager—NuGet. This allows each module to be renovated independently. As a result, software or applications can work with individual modules and be independent of platform-wide updates.

.NET Tools and Technologies Introduced for Better Development:

.NET Runtime

A Docker-based .NET tool to install .NET code and run developed apps.

.NET Libraries Cluster

.NET libraries allow useful functions to be placed in modules that can be used in different applications. They also can be used to bring in functionalities that were not necessary or unknown at the time the app development was started.

.NET SDK Tools and Compilers Cluster

Work experience is enhanced as SDK tools and compilers help developers to spot errors in code and fix them early on.

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Why Is Migration from .NET Framework to .NET Core Relevant?

.NET (earlier they referred it to as .NET core) is designed for cross-platform soft development. Microsoft polished up .NET framework and this is how .NET has been introduced to the world. Yes, it’s the ancestor of .NET framework, but with a broader scope of use. We use .Net framework for web applications or Windows applications, but the software developed with .NET can function in full on macOS, Linux, and Windows.

OS support is important, but there’s more to .NET. Dot Net framework for application development limits the construction in several ways:

.NET comes with an Entity Framework that keeps object-relational within bounds.

Microsoft itself recommends porting from .NET Framework to .NET as no updates will arrive for .NET framework.

Cutting-edge .NET application architecture leaves standing .NET framework apps.

The porting process is complex, but porting an app will definitely pay your efforts off. So, let’s discuss how to understand when it’s time to convert a project to .NET Core.

In What Cases .NET Framework to .NET Core Migration Makes Sense

Migration .NET framework to .NET is complex, and it’s a matter of the need that arises at some point. Several reasons can stipulate the need for migration:

Linux & macOS Support

The first and foremost reason for migration is that an app can be run on other OSs, not only Windows. .NET ?ore technology opens the doors to the new markets.

Better Performance

The function selection option achieves better performance. Unlike, .NET framework, .NET makes it possible to implement just particular features.

Open Source

Thanks to having an open source code, .NET software engineers can improve the quality of the frameworks and fix any errors if any. Code updates and bug fixes don’t interrupt the .Net based applications work.

Package Compatibility

There may be a problem arise when it comes to package libraries’ compatibility. Packages depend on each other, but some libraries' versions in packages may not get along. To address this issue, it’s a good idea to migrate to .NET. .NET has a built-in package manager.

Surely, you may come up with your own reasons to move to .NET Core, but one thing remains the same—high-quality .NET ?ore migration is to be done by professional .NET software developers. Celadon developers are experienced in .NET app development and our list of .NET development service is vast and includes migration.

.NET Migration by Celadon

Nowadays, the digital market has migration tools to offer. Automated migration sounds good, but it’s not perfect. We recommend going for manual migration by professional outsourcing .NET Development company. Celadon’s engineers know all the nitty-gritty of .NET Core and .NET framework, that contributes to the smooth and quick migration.

Our experience in .NET migration services has helped us to come up with a 4-stage implementation of .NET migration:

  • We start with code investigations to estimate the degree of .NET framework compatibility with .NET Core
  • Then we select the method to carry out the migration. .NET framework supports windows and to decide on the right strategy, we need to evaluate the share of windows-particular elements in code, and code complexity.
  • .csprojs files are translated into the Microsoft.NET.Sdk.
  • And finally, code porting to .NET or .NET Standard.
  • When the project is converted, you can count on us in post-deployment .Net application support and maintenance.

If you’re in two minds about the .NET framework to .NET migration, contact us to choose and win. 

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F.A.Q.

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Is it possible to migrate from .NET Framework to .NET Core?
Lena
Project Manager

Sure thing! Microsoft itself recommends migration, to boot. Yet, the migration process is complex and before going for it, think about if your project is really a case for migration.

If you make up one's mind to migrate to .NET, the best way to do it is by hiring a professional .NET migration team.

Whether you’re confident or on the fence about the migration necessity, book a consultancy with our .NET heroes to make the right choice.

02.
How to port an app from .NET Framework to .NET Core?
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.NET Framework to .NET porting requires a good understanding of both frameworks and takes much effort due to the process complexity. In our opinion, trusting a project to a .NET development team is a winning option. No need for team hunting. If you’re reading this, you found a reliable team for high-quality migration, that is Celadon. Contact us to discuss the project and its migration.

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When migration to .NET Core doesn’t make sense?
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There are many advocates for migration, but also there are some situations when converting .NET Framework to .NET can be avoided.

If you have a Windows app and are not going to put it in the other markets, the migration isn’t worth the time and money spent. Microsoft keeps supporting.NET Framework.

.NET Framework and .NET Core prop up different libraries, NuGet packages, platforms, and technology. If these users are not mixable with .NET, migration isn’t an option.

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