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Why is ASP.NET so "unpopular" yet there is plenty of work around?

In my area I have no problem landing a new .NET web job should I chose to. Visual Studio is my favorite IDE by far for web development, MVC is extremely powerful and C# is a top-tier modern language.

Some observations (not necessarily related to eachother): Our subreddit has 2k users, while r/ruby is about 16k and r/php is 20k. r/csharp is 6k and r/java is 16k.

While Microsoft went full retard with WebForms, we now have MVC which is very useful and makes ASP.NET valuable imo.

But it makes me wonder about the future. Will companies move away from Microsoft technology to more open-source alternatives? It seems plausible, since Microsoft licenses are expensive. Are we in a period where there's a lot of jobs around because people are switching away from ASP.NET and companies havn't realised this yet?

I've only been in the web dev business for 1.5 years now, so I don't really know the current situation.

The only conclusion I can draw from r/php is because Wordpress is so popular. I find php a fundamentally flawed language and nothing I want to see encouraged.

r/ruby I understand. It seems very cool, and I'll definitely pick it up if I needed to. This is going the Linux path though, nothing I have done much.

I've not done web development for java EE but I've heard it can be an absolute bitch in some circumstances. The developers I've spoken to are also very frustrated with the slow development of it.

And last we got the mamoth r/python and also r/django which is a web environment using python. It's really popular these days, and I havn't looked into python at all.

I feel like I'm in the best spot I can be currently, and I'm having a good time. But will it last for the future?
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