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!
1. Web applications
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.
2. Cloud applications
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.
3. Mobile applications
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.
4. Desktop applications
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).
5. 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.
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 in regards to Microsoft technologies.
If you are looking for a reliable partner to help you solve the technological problems of your business – consider Forbytes. Our .Net developers have extensive experience in software development and a record of delivering high-quality solutions that satisfied all client needs.