If you have been paying some attention to the popularity of programming languages and tools you will notice a rise in the use of C# and .NET. In recent years there has been a lot of changes and revamp in the .NET ecosystem. A lot of people still attribute .net to a windows-only platform which is not true since the launch of .NET core in 2016. So there are a lot of questions and things to explore such as;
What is .NET?
Why should I use .NET?
If I am already a .NET developer what’s in it for me?
In this article, we would do justice to those questions
What is .NET?
The .NET framework is a software development framework for building and running applications. It is regarded as a development platform made up of tools, programming languages, and libraries for building different types of applications.
Is .NET still exclusive to Windows?
In 2016 Microsoft officially launched .NET core which is cross-platform. .NET developers are now able to write truly cross-platform apps that can run on Windows, Linux, and macOS.
The .NET framework over the years has been able to record some huge success, especially among large scale enterprises.
Let’s look into some of them and why they are preferred choices for many businesses.
Backend Web apps:
Asp.NET core is the backend web framework for developing web APIs using either C# or F#. Asp.NET Core is a high performance and scalable web framework based on the MVC design pattern. Some of its major features are; a robust authentication and authorization framework with asp.NET identity, ORM with entity framework, and an in-built logging system. It also promises easy deployment especially if you are deploying to Azure. Asp has been the choice of enterprise application development for a long time and has spread to other use cases including small to medium size projects like simple restaurant management systems and inventory systems.
Internet Of Things (IoT):
C# has been one of the major players in IoT. C# can be used to develop cross-platform IOT systems and provides support for multiple sensors and input devices. Input devices that use SPI, serial port interfaces GPIO. With C# you can build IoT apps that run on Raspberry Pi, humming Board, Beagle Board, and more. C# in IOT is BIG. If you are looking to go into IoT C# is an amazing choice.
With WPF we can develop cross-platform desktop apps in .net using c# and XAML for design. Very Good development experience.
The xamarin framework allows c# developers to develop cross-platform mobile apps in IOS and Android. It is loved by everyone from freelance developers to enterprise engineers. Support from top companies like UPS and Alaska Airlines and amazing tools like the Bot framework, Xamarin is loved by all.
Many of you will have seen or heard about the unity game engine. It one of the most popular game engines alongside the likes of Unreal. The major programming language of choice in unity is C#. Unity gives you a user-friendly environment to create games on all platforms including mobile with C#
Front-end web apps
The .NET platform is a powerful one and more keeps on coming. A new release of .NET 5 is out and it just screams BETTER! .NET is an amazing platform for software development and every developer should give it a chance.