When comparing Haxe vs C#, the Slant community recommends Haxe for most people. In the question“What are the most enjoyable programming languages for web development? ” Haxe is ranked 10th while C# is ranked 17th.
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Pro Checks types at compile time
Pro Access native features of target platform
Whenever you need to use target specific code (e.g. there is no Haxe library or extern definitions), you can embed fragments as untyped code in your Haxe code.
Pro Dead code elimination
Removes unused types and methods during transpilation.
Pro Checks syntax at compile time
Pro Support multiple different platforms from one source
Pro Easy sharing of code accross multiple target platforms
Pro Provides an exit strategy for Flash developers through OpenFl
OpenFl is a library written in Haxe, that duplicates the Flash API, by providing a parallel implementation.
Haxe's syntax has a lot of similarities with Actionscript 3.
Flash developers can easily migrate their code to Haxe while still using and targeting Flash, in addition to unlocking all the new targets supported by Haxe / OpenFl.
.NET offers rich functionality.
Pro 3rd Party support
Lot's of tools and libraries available.
Pro Visual Studio
The Visual Studio IDE offers one of the best development environments. The Community Edition can be used for free.
Pro Can be used in a variety of fields
with Xamarin for Mobile (ios, android)
with .net core asp for server (linux, windows)
with .net core for desktop (windows, mac)
with mono for desktop (windows, linux)
with blazor for web client with webassembly.
However, it is not considered top for any of those categories
top choice for windows desktop with .net framework
top choice for Unity
.net 5 will unify frameworks similar to JVM (just one)
Runs on Linux, Mac, and Windows
Can be designed visually with the Visual Studio designer for traditional Windows forms, WPF, or Web forms.
Pro It is a C like language.
Being a C like language counts in favor for it as a general purpose programming language, given the ease of using existing skills to pick up this language easily.
there are other superior languages that could be used as a general purpose, such as: F#, Haskell, but the complexity of those languages, being functional, make them strange to the usual C Syntax.
C# is better than C whenever garbage collection, Objects, classes, data access, are needed. But C is going to be the choice when hardware access and performance are paramount.
Con Learning curve
For a beginner the .NET framework can be daunting, the rich functionality means that things often can be done in several ways.
Con Microsoft will mess up with the Visual studio installation
And all of a sudden you'll need to reinstall the entire thing just because it stopped working.
Microsoft assumes that every workstation is connected to the Internet then it is always pushing updates.
Con Very large runtime
Cannot be used for embedded programming