May 28, 2020

What Does a .NET Developer Do?

Microsoft´s most used Framework, .NET. A tool for Back-end development.

Many developers choose to use .NET to develop their back-end solution because of its reputation based on the owner, Microsoft. NET developers choose the framework because of its power and flexibility.

NET developers are back-end developers who must be proficient in the use of VB.NET and C#. A good NET developer knows how to manage the application, including performance, security, scalability, and testing. The NET developer knows how to build a server and network that is optimum in its capacity and its speed.  


NET can be used to build web applications, sophisticated desktop applications, and modern mobile applications.

Here´s how a job opportunity for a NET developer looks like:

We are seeking a .NET developer responsible for building .NET applications using. Your primary responsibility will be to design and develop these layers of our applications, and to coordinate with the rest of the team working on different layers of the infrastructure. A commitment to collaborative problem solving, sophisticated design, and quality product is essential.

As a .NET developer, you will have to translate storyboards into functional applications. You will be design, build, and develop code that is efficient, reusable, and understandable.  

As every developer, you will have to write clean code, meaning that debugging will be a great part of your job. Nobody codes without mistakes, it is impossible. So, knowing how to debug correctly will take you very far. 

Familiarity with the Mono framework has been requested by many employers at the time of hiring a .NET developer, or any back-end developer that has .NET as part of their technology stack. Concurrency patterns are also something that sums positively. Microsoft SQL Server is something that most .NET developers know, and they use it as a tool for Server development.

As a .NET developer, you must know how scalable applications work, as the majority of the time, the applications are scaled into bigger infrastructures. Developers have some understanding on CLR (Common Language Runtime).

These kinds of developers are employed in systems and software houses. Telecommunications, information technology companies, engineering, and service providers. 

The .NET developer analyzes specific problems and provides the system requirements to solve them. The system is then implemented into interfaces and components. The developers assist the entire software team, as they develop the pillar of the entire system.

As a .NET developer, it is not a requirement but it is really helpful to know HTML, CSS, and Javascript. If the developer knows these languages, the developer can then understand both sides of the application. Being able to complement better their back-end development with front-end development. Even if they are not developing front-end, they can develop better, and integrate the back-end into the front-end.

How should a .NET developer be? 

.NET developers and back-end developers are asked to be customer-oriented. Despite they are not a marketing person, they need to understand that whatever they build, will be consumed. And this changes the way the developer works. It's important to balance the logical and computational thinking with commercial and organizational skills.

The developer works typically in an office, in the back-end team of the software department. It can work full-time or part-time, in small to big corporations. It can also work as a freelancer.

.NET is cross platform and open source. You can develop web applications, mobile applications, and desktop applications all in one place. You can write the applications in C# or in visual basic

The system is composed of three parts, .NET Core, .NET Framework, and Xamarin/Mono. .NET Core is a cross-platform .NET implementation for websites, servers, and console apps on Windows, Linux, and macOS. .NET framework supports websites, services, desktop apps, and more on Windows. Xamarin/Mono is a .NET implementation for running apps on all the major mobile operating systems.

.NET is used in Web, Mobile, Desktop, Microservices, Gaming, Machine Learning, Cloud, and Internet of Things. In microservices you can create independent and deployable applications that run on docker containers. In Gaming, you can develop 2D and 3D games for all consoles. In Machine Learning you can add vision algorithms, speech processing, and predictive models. You can create an entire cloud service or deploy your existing one. And last but not least, for IoT you can make raspberry pi applications and other single-board computer programs.

In conclusion, .NET is Microsoft´s framework to develop on the server, it is a back-end solution. Developers must know C#, VB.NET, or visual basic. .NET allows developers to build Web, Mobile, and Desktop applications. .NET developers are employed in systems and software houses. Telecommunications, information technology companies, engineering, and service providers. They can also work in startups and independently as freelancers. .NET is a cross-platform and open source. As one of the most used frameworks, it counts with a huge community and documentation.

Tags .NET Microsoft Microservices
Lucas Bonder
Technical Writer
Lucas is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, and Article Writer about Technology.

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