As a key decision-maker and working with your development team, you want to make sure the use case matches the tools and software your teams are working with. Typically, when developing a new app or developing a new technology to improve the business, there’s almost never a one-size-fits-all solution. There are definitely some factors to consider when using different versions of Microsoft .NET, there’s a version history that could make any team’s head spin — but these are critical to understand depending on your use case and when to use a specific component within the .NET ecosystem.
According to Stackoverflow’s survey in 2018 and 2019, usage is only increasing, and businesses need to understand how they can and should be leveraging .NET in their software projects. This blog will cover some common use cases for ASP .NET in enterprise-level projects.
Use Case: Rapid Deployment
If you have a release that needs to be rapidly deployed for a particular app, then .NET Core has the ability to be very flexible and because of containerization, it allows for a fast and easy deployment.
Developers don’t have to be concerned with environmental configuration because of this- the container just needs to be moved. Containerization support is built into Microsoft’s Visual Studio — an integrated development environment. .NET Core also allows deployment on several operating systems aside from Windows to avoid any roadblocks along the way.
With rapid deployment options, .NET doesn’t comprise its ability to offer advanced UI controls from third parties that also reduces the amount of development time that would be required to enhance the application. The .NET Framework Class Library also allows developers to not worry about writing a lot of code that they can reuse further embracing a faster time to market for app development without sacrificing reliability and security. The clock is usually ticking fast, especially when there’s an upgrade or fixes, making .NET a great choice for rapid deployment.
Use Case: Scalability in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
As mentioned, .NET is a high-performance platform providing enhanced response times and productivity. Because of the reliability and scalability of .NET, using it for logistics and supply chain management applications is another ideal use case. Depending on what needs to be tracked to ensure operations are running smoothly, .NET provides a toolbox where developers can drag and drop elements with customized elements.
As a logistics organization grows, software build on .NET can become a fully scalable and a robust platform to work with to accommodate for growth. Although multiple languages are supported, C# is the most popular one, but its open source community and is versatile/flexible enough to check all of the boxes off of an app needed for a comprehensive logistics solution. .NET Framework is also easy to learn so the learning curve isn’t going to be too steep for newbies.
Use Case: Mobile Applications
ASP.NET Core is the more modern version and is used to develop dynamic websites and web applications specifically, whereas Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Windows Forms are used for desktop development. It’s also the recommended framework for developing new web apps following the Model-View-Controller (MVC) architectural pattern. There is a Common Language Runtime (CLR) that allows developers to write code using different .NET languages including C#, C++/CLI, F#, among other common intermediate language (CLI)-compliant languages. About 50 languages are supported using .NET.
Using the .NET framework is ideal for web applications specifically because it essentially plays nice with any platform and supports operating systems such as Android, Windows and iOS — so really it’s tough to find something that the framework doesn’t support. The high level of compatibility is hard to contend with, especially when it comes to app development.
.NET also boasts a variety of integrated development environments (IDEs) using Microsoft’s Visual Studio that are flexible- giving developers the tools needed in one interface. Not to mention that ASP.NET Core is a free cross-platform and open-source web framework.
Use Case: Internet of Things Devices
.NET is very versatile and powerful- ideal for programming for IoT devices, especially because of its interoperability and high performance. .NET embodies all of the traits that are critical for IoT software development. ASP.NET Core in particular offers a very comprehensive toolbox that has top-class security and out-of-the-box performance with cloud integration.
With the vast community .NET has, the amount of reusable code that is at a developer’s disposal is huge in addition to the solutions to issues that have been shared amongst the community. In the middle of developing an app, the chances are high that someone else has run into the same issue and has shared their knowledge on a host platform like GitHub.
Utilization of IoT has become so common in so many industries for various applications and the .NET supports hundreds of sensors, displays, and input devices and runs on a variety of platforms and architectures including common IoT boards such as Raspberry Pi and Hummingboard.
Use Case: Secure Applications like Accounting and Payroll
Because .NET is known for its security and reliability, accounting/payroll system applications are also key use cases. If there are attempts to alter or manipulate code, .NET offers services that prevent those occurrences. Developers can securely provide modules for accounts receivable, accounts payable, accounting, inventory control and more from small to larger businesses. .NET also has robust features that any accounting system application should have including automatic monitoring.
It’s estimated that there are about 7 to 8 million .NET developers in the world, employed by organizations using .NET in projects of all sizes. As the digital world keeps expanding, the features .NET brings to the table cannot be ignored and continue to be a strong force for developers. Features including scalability, flexibility and security will keep applications running for many organizations, big and small. Even despite the long version history of .NET there is version compatibility for most cases so developers can get the job done without having to modify it for later versions with its side-by-side execution. The .NET Framework allows multiple versions of the CLR to live on the same system.
Especially with .NET 5 being announced just in November 2020, the future is bright for .NET Framework and .NET Core developers as this is a key, emerging technology.