Software developers are as wise to be using .NET software framework as fishermen are to carefully selecting the strongest, easiest to use, and quickest to clean net well suited to their particular target fish.
.NET is your premier open source software development tool that requires a lighter code load, beefed up security, easy updating, and other key benefits. Most of the problems with .NET are a result of programmer errors that can easily be avoided or detected/corrected (find out how here at Stackify).
Here are 5 of the top benefits of using .NET for your next software development project:
With .NET, you can seamlessly bind together old and new apps and programs into a single, integrated system. Access to COM, P/Invoke, native .NET app functions, and more is all there and easily utilized.
2. Language Independence
.NET comes with its own computer language and one that is not limited at all to be used by speakers of specific human languages. It uses a Common Type System that facilitates the free exchange of data among apps and libraries that conform to “.Net-ese.”
3. Cross-platform Portability
Microsoft has designed .NET on purpose to be able to handle cross-platform applications. And .NET is standardized and available for examination such that one can easily build compatible implementations of the .NET framework/language for other platforms. This greatly enhances .NET’s “portability.”
4. High Security
.NET combines Code Access Security with validation/verification processes. It meticulously checks everything in the call stack to ensure permissions are granted. Additionally, it is much easier to reverse engineer than native code (making it easier to work with and easier to view source codes) but can be obfuscated to protect valuable trade secrets as well.
5. Managed Memory
One great feature of .NET is its automated memory management system that can ensure enough memory is always freed up to operate at an acceptable speed. The framework’s “Garbage Collector” will detect objects that are no longer in use (no reference to them exists any longer) and periodically collect and dispose of them. This reclaims your memory space and keeps your project moving ahead smoothly.
All of these benefits are highly attractive to software developers, and they allow those with less than comprehensive technical skills to navigate the framework successfully with relative ease and assemble their data projects correctly.
However, again, there are certainly errors that will occur (typically human errors) when coding with .NET, and thus, it is as crucial to know how to identify and correct common .NET errors as it is to know how to use the system itself.
Microsoft has given us a great tool in the .NET framework that can be used as is or that can serve as the reference point for building compatible implementations on other platforms. It may not be the only software development tool you use, but it is too widespread to be ignored by even the most advanced coders.
Learn to use .NET for all it’s worth, and learn to catch your errors both for the sake of the immediate software project and to hone your skills for future projects.