11 Skills a .Net Developer Must Have

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.Net is a Microsoft developer framework, created to redress Java’s success.  Run mainly on Microsoft Windows, it is a single platform to build web, desktop, mobile, gaming, cloud, and AI apps.  It’s popular for building apps, and a .Net developer will be a crucial hiring choice for many businesses.

So, if you’re a .Net developer, you’ll need to have these essential skills.

1.       NET MVC (Model View Controller)

This software design divides the user interface into three connected elements.  The separation of data is important and MVC has dominated since it was launched in 2002 and it has become an essential tool.  Using it simplifies development by separating the concerns and apps can be built more quickly.

2.       An Understanding of Client-Side Technologies

A professional .Net developer must create inventive and appealing apps.  To do so, they should be aware of the software on a user’s web browser.  Examples of these are JavaScript, HTML, and jQuery.

3.       Database Application

Data and its understanding are vital for the development of any app.  A developer must not only have knowledge of Microsoft’s SQL databases, but they must also be aware of other technology such as NoSQL and their differences.  The more a .Net developer knows, the more optimized the app will become.

4.       MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer):

It is worth getting Microsoft certified – it is globally recognized, updated every couple of years and so well regarded that it increases salary benefits.

5.       Microsoft MVP (Most Valued Professional)

An MVP status is extremely sought after.  The recipient will have in-depth knowledge of the product they specialise in, with easier access to Microsoft teams and product channels.  Again, salaries benefit from having this award.

6.       Visual Studio —Microsoft’s IDE (Integrated Development Environment)

The Visual Studio program makes software development easier with its tools and services.  As well as computer programs, it develops website and web apps, and mobile apps.

7.       NET

NET’s framework allows easy code reusability.  The platform approves multiple coding languages, making it easier to build applications.  Conveniently, it focuses on improving code quality making it easier to read.

8.       NET Core

This is the latest adaptation of ASP.NET, which is a development framework for building web apps on the .NET platform.  It also works much faster.

9.       Entity Framework

This is an open-sourced ORM (Object Relational Mapper) which aims to increase developer productivity on .Net.  It saves and retrieves data, and automatically transforms it to business entities objects.  By comparison, Entity Framework Core is designed explicitly with .Net Core.

10.   Roslyn

Roslyn is the nickname for the .Net compiler platform.  It is a set of open-source compilers and code analysis APIs for C# and Visual Basic languages from Microsoft. 

11.    Xamarin

Xamarin is used for cross-platform mobile app development.  It uses the same language, APIs, and data structures for most of the application code, across both Android and iOS.  This makes it easier to build a native application with .Net.

This list is by no means exhaustive.  It is up to every .Net developer to gain expertise in their own field of work to have a better understanding of the projects they are involved in.