February 1, 2013
.NET: A Flexible Framework for Developing Web Applications
As most people who work in the software development world know, .NET is a Microsoft development framework used to deliver web-based software solutions. What’s less widely known unless you’ve been utilizing .NET of late is that in 2012, Microsoft released a number of updated development tools and frameworks that further improve the suite of .NET products.
The .NET programming language sprung from Microsoft’s Next Generation Windows Services in the 1990s, and it has evolved over time to become a flexible framework that lets software developers create affordable, reliable, secure B2B and B2C applications. .NET is a favorite among many software developers today for creating web-based applications because .NET run time allows apps to be coded in multiple languages, which means applications developed in the .NET framework can potentially run on any operating platform. It is also being used today to develop and deploy desktop and mobile applications that run off nearly the same code base.
These are just a few of the advantages of using .NET for software development projects:
- .NET is language independent, therefore it lets the software developer choose from multiple supported languages, including C#, Visual Basic, and F#, to build an application. It provides a platform that allows a number of different programming languages to carry out a task.
- The .NET environment includes many well-understood and commonly-used features and frameworks for importing and storing data, including Entity Framework and LINQ.
- .NET and Visual Studio’s unit testing environments for debugging and performance are constantly improving with each new iteration, as opposed to languages like Java, which have tended to remain stagnant.
- Web applications created using the .NET architecture are reliable, trustable, and secure.
Interested in hearing more about why, how, and when we use .NET? Keep your eyes open for more 3Pillar blog posts on how new versions of .NET, Visual Studio 2012, and other components of the .NET framework are encouraging agile software development and making it easier than ever before to create multi-platform software applications.