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5 skills to look out for in a .NET developer

February 13, 2016

Who is a .NET developer?

The growing world of IT is opening several job arena for the emerging youth. With the expanding Microsoft’s .NET development environment, on one hand numbers of tools are being introduced and on the other hand, the scope of working with these tools in the constantly broadening ecosystem is also increasing. .NET developer is one such opportunity, to bring out the creative inside to work with the most acclaimed .NET framework. By exploring the secrets of .NET world, the developer can earn potential and increase his market demand.

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But……..Who is a .NET developer? Someone just clicking on the keyboard and updating the data or someone creates the whole new world of software. Yes, to some extent, but in actual he performs far more than this.

A .NET developer is someone who:

 

  • Creates the applications that are text based to be run on number of .NET based applications.
  • Creates codes for accessing the applications and helps resolve the system related errors and defects.
  • Develops and manages the defect tracking system and then settles all problems dealing with the updating of system.
  • Making risk estimations.
  • Prepares policy and procedure documents to run the applications
  • Designs different application system.
  • Keeps a regular eye on system.

But this is not what he is. He has to be the sum of five skills which can make him the best choice. These are the top five skills that every employer looks for in his .NET developer.

 

  • ASP.NET MVC

ASP.NET MVC is invading the web market replacing many competing with it. As the web programming is progressing ahead, the developer needs to boost this skill. This skill makes use of the open source web application framework. The developers can make beautiful web applications easily. He has the skill to make the best use of client-side web development technologies. ASP.NET MVC also assists him to do unit testing.

 

  • Client-side web development technologies

A developer must have the most needed skill of creating highly creative, interactive and catchy web applications. This will not only increase his market value but also would help him much higher. This becomes an additional quality in his portfolio.  According to Robert Half Technology Guide, client side web development technologies are one of the most looked for skills, which add approximately 6 percent financial benefit to the initial salary package. Some recent technologies added to the list of client-side web development technologies include HTML, CSS and JavaScript, jQuery and Bootstrap. Being well versed in these is an added skill.

 

  • Databases

Despite the fact that Microsoft .NET makes use of several database successfully on its own but the knowledgeable developer in this area is must. The system exists but it requires the skill of the developer. And this is what is hunted for by the employer. No doubt, SQL skills are highly important but the skills of a developer are multiplied if he is skilled enough to deal with systems like Entity Framework. This skill is the most desired one these days to make him the most demanded employee in the .NET development industry. Special experience dealing with database like Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle can also help you to consider the most suitable.NET developer. Some contemporary applications these days make use of different NoSQL databases for example MongoDB or CouchDB. These skills add to the set of experience of the developer and can be considered while looking for a .NET developer.

 

  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certification is highly demanded by the market. This skill is highly valued because its development and maintenance come from Microsoft which requires rectification after every two years. Hence, this competency level is also looked for.  

 

  • Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP)

It is labeled as a high rank, prestigious program. Working with The Microsoft MVP program is a desirable skill which is needed extensively by the market. Once the developer attains this high profile status he is considered to have a strong leadership and technical excellence in .NET Framework. There are no particular ways of achieving this except dedication and devotion. The developer after acquiring the skill has the role of a mentor to play.

 

Conclusion:

The IT market is not concerned with how much you know the theory of .NET; it is more concerned with what you can practically do with your skills. The .NET developers can be many around you in the market but the skilled ones are the most wanted ones in the tech industry. The road to skill development is endless but those who well stand firm and prominent. The developer needs to have the best skills, combining his bookish words and on seat experience. It seems difficult at times to find a skilled one but still it is not impossible.

Gaurav Sabharwal is the Business Head at IT Chimes. He is an avid blogger, and likes to pen his thoughts about building, managing and leading teams in IT, top-level decision making and time management. Find him on Twitter @GauravSabh

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