De Facto Standard for .NET Development
July 20, 2015

De Facto Standard for .NET Development

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Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft SQL Server

We use Microsoft SQL Server as the backend for our client's websites. These websites are a mix of custom implementations and sites built on various content management systems such as Kentico, Ektron, and Sitecore.
  • Integrates well with very nearly all the platforms we use
  • Natively supported by .NET, our typical environment of choice
  • Large community to ask questions of
  • Less advanced users can get into trouble easily
  • Big learning curve for people starting off
  • Employees are familiar with SQL as it is the de facto standard in .NET relational databases
  • The developer edition is inexpensive allowing us to cheaply run servers for development
  • Production licenses are expensive
There is support for MySQL in .NET development, but MS SQL is a first class citizen since it is developed by Microsoft, which also develops .NET.
MicroSoft SQL Server is clearly the de facto relational database server of choice for .NET projects. If you are not working in .NET, it immediately becomes a less desirable platform as that is generally an environment where it wouldn't make sense to run a Windows-based machine for a database.