Picking the right technology is, without a doubt, one of the most important business decisions you will ever make. With their success on the line, many companies look for developers specializing in technologies that have proven their worth time and time again.
One of the most popular among them is .Net (dot-net) – a developer platform from Microsoft with different frameworks and libraries that allow accomplishing various tasks. Besides various technical benefits, it comes with an advantage that is universally valued by all developers – flexibility.
So, what exactly can .Net developers do to improve your business? Well, you are about to find out!
Web applications are becoming increasingly popular among digital retailers. They are valued for their adaptability and ease of use. These applications do not need to be downloaded and installed – you can simply access them via an internet browser. Moreover, web applications usually do not require separate versions, since they can be accessed via any browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.) and on any platform (desktop, mobile, etc.).
So, why should you choose .Net over other platforms to develop a web application for your business? Two words: ASP.NET framework. ASP.NET is part of the .Net platform toolset and is specifically designed for developing web applications. It has 3 main advantages:
- It’s fast. In fact, TechEmpower benchmarks have determined it to be faster than other popular web frameworks.
- It’s flexible. ASP.NET can be run and used for development on different platforms, be it Windows, macOS, Linux, or Docker.
- It’s secure. Microsoft has armed the framework with useful tools that help developers build secure solutions. This is especially important for web applications.
In addition, ASP.NET benefits from being a free, open-source framework. Software development can be pricey, and having one less source of additional fees is always welcomed.
Skilled .Net developers will make sure your solution takes full advantage of ASP.NET and all of its features.
Cloud applications and web applications share many similarities, accessibility via the Web being an obvious one. However, cloud applications do offer several advantages over web applications. For example, they are easy to scale, more reliable, and do not require hardware and software maintenance.
Cloud applications are definitely not for everybody. They are more suitable for larger enterprises that require software to handle more complex tasks. Smaller businesses more often than not can make do with a regular web app.
The advantage of choosing .Net for your cloud solution is twofold:
- The aforementioned ASP.NET. It is used for developing cloud applications as well, and this means that your solution will benefit from all of its advantages.
- Azure – a cloud service, designed by Microsoft with .Net developers in mind. When combined with ASP.NET it allows .Net developers to create secure and scalable cloud solutions without any problems.
Also, there is an added bonus when it comes to using Azure. Cloud solutions require space on the cloud to operate, which is purchased from the service provider. This is true for Azure as well, however, Microsoft offers some free options that you can use to get started.
The popularity of mobile applications is well-known. Their importance to businesses, however, may be a bit surprising. In fact, business apps firmly hold the second place in popularity on both the Apple Store and Google Play.
What does this mean? It means that your competitors may already be using a mobile app to provide better service for their customers. It also means that you should really consider hopping on the bandwagon before everyone gets too far ahead.
And, again, enlisting the help of .Net developers can be the right course of action. With the help of the Xamarin framework (which is part of the platform), .Net developers can build both native and cross-platform mobile applications for Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile. Many big names on the market have already made their choice in favor of Xamarin, including UPS, BBVA, and Alaska Airlines.
Besides being reliable and efficient, Xamarin is also completely free and open-source.
If you are thinking about developing a desktop application, you cannot go wrong with Microsoft – they basically invented desktop applications!
Although I am exaggerating a bit, trusting Microsoft to provide the best technologies for developing desktop applications is a safe choice – they have been doing it for years.
.Net platform comes with 3 different frameworks – Windows Forms (WinForms), Universal Windows Platform (UWP), and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). Each has its own set of advantages that can be used to build robust, visually compelling desktop apps for Windows.
The flexibility trend continues here since .Net allows creating desktop apps for macOS as well (with the help of the previously mentioned Xamarin framework).
Machine learning applications
Сontinuous developments in AI have led to the increased popularity of machine learning (ML) – the ability of systems to interpret data and modify their behavior accordingly (or “learn”). Many industries have found ways to implement and benefit from ML. Probably none more so than eCommerce business.
ML applications can examine customer behavior, predict trends and analyze business performance. This allows businesses to create personalized user experiences for their customers and identify the best ways to develop and grow.
When it comes to prominent technologies, Microsoft never falls behind, and ML is no exception. The .Net platform is equipped with ML.NET framework (I wonder how they came up with that name?), specifically designed for .Net developers to create ML applications. Numerous tests have determined ML.NET to be both faster and more accurate than a lot of its competitors.
So, if you are considering introducing ML into your business, the course of action is clear and straightforward: partner up with reliable .Net developers, entrust them to create an ML solution tailored to all your business needs and reap the rewards.
How to Hire the Right .Net Developer
- Clearly formulate your request
While creating a job ad or starting your search, outline what you expect to find. In the requirements, do not include odd or fancy words; stay clear and consistent. Also, if you want to hire a .Net developer with high communicative competence, do not forget to mention both hard and soft skills.
- Consider different search options
.Net developers for hire who are based in your country may be too expensive. This is why you should consider other places where you can look for a partner. The first idea that comes to mind is a freelance platform. Indeed, such platforms may give you access to an affordable partnership. Yet, the too suspicious price for services may come at a cost, which will be low quality. Unfortunately, by hiring freelance .Net developers, you do not get any safety net. You cannot be sure that your work will be done effectively and correctly.
One more idea for finding expertized .Net developers is to outsource. In this case, companies have nothing to hide behind affordability. Outsourcing is cheaper simply because of the difference in the cost of living across the world. If you want to hire .Net developers that will build a high-quality product at a satisfactory price, we encourage you to consider this type of cooperation.
- Test the candidate’s skills
Start with asking the relevant questions on a job interview. It is recommended to prepare the list of interview questions in advance. If you have no tech background, involve tech-oriented people from your team so that you can objectively assess the candidate’s expertise. Then, you may give the candidate a test task to check their readiness to do their job and their correspondence to your expectations.
The sky’s the limit for .Net developers
Obviously, this is far from everything that .Net developers can do for your business. The sky’s the limit, as they say, and this cannot be truer with regard to Microsoft technologies.
If you are looking for a reliable partner to help you solve the technological problems of your business, get in touch with us. Our .Net developers have extensive experience in software development and a record of delivering high-quality solutions that satisfied all client needs.