As a company, we use Microsoft .NET , as our preferred and default framework when developing mobile apps and web-based systems. (For standard websites, we use WordPress). Using Microsoft .NET and Microsoft tools offers a number of advantages, as outlined below.
Microsoft .NET allows you to develop systems and apps that run across multiple platforms, including PC, iPhone and Android. This has an advantage over other approaches, as the code only needs to be written once, rather than per platform. For example, on mobile apps, Microsoft MAUI (formerly Xamarin Forms) can be used and the app can be deployed to both Apple iPhone and Android platforms. This means less effort is required as opposed to writing and maintaining completely separate native code for iPhone and Android.
With Microsoft .NET, you can use a single source code language – the most popular being C#. This single language can be used for back-end coding (e.g. APIs), as well as front-end (e.g. a Mobile App user interface or a web-based system). For the front-end of web-based systems, the latest approach to this is known as ‘Microsoft Blazor WASM’. A single language makes it easier for developers as they only need to learn one language and avoid confusion and errors that can occur when utilising multiple languages.
Single Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
For developing code, Microsoft offer a powerful integrated development environment. This single environment can be used for writing and debugging code for various types of apps and systems. As with the single language, this can make things easier for developers as they only need to learn how to use one IDE and can become highly proficient in that. There are two IDE options offered by Microsoft – Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft Visual Studio Code (often know as VS Code).
Maturity And Stability
Microsoft .NET is developed by Microsoft and has existed for a long time – the first version was released in 2002. It’s proven to be mature and stable and is utilised by a large number of organisations and businesses, powering many leading systems and pieces of software. Microsoft offer good support and maintenance, regularly releasing patches.
Good Build and Deployment Tools
Once code is written, it needs to be built into the final system / app and deployed into a hosting environment and/or device. Microsoft offer their own build and deployment system ‘Azure DevOps’, which offers advanced functionality. This integrates very well With Microsoft Azure, as well as alternative cloud hosting providers such as Amazon.
Wide Variety of 3rd Party Extensions and Toolkits
As a very mature and well-supported platform, Microsoft .NET has a number of 3rd party extensions and toolkits. These include open-source offerings, as well as many commercial 3rd party offerings, from leading vendors such as Telerik. These extensions and toolkits offer a variety of features to expand the functionality within apps and systems.
Long-Term Development and Enhancements
Microsoft is committed to .NET for the long term. It’s continually evolving and enhancing the platform. The latest version is .NET 6, which was released at the end of 2021. This also includes MAUI – an evolution of Xamarin Forms for creating mobile and desktop apps.
Microsoft offer a partnership programme, allowing development agencies to work closer with Microsoft. This provides additional resources, tools and support to help develop great solutions. We’re proud to be a Microsoft Partner.