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.NET is a software developer platform that is highly versatile. It’s cross-platform and can build applications for the web, desktops, and much more. ASP.NET has increased the number of things that .NET can do. In this post, we’ll learn more about what ASP.NET can do, and how it can help advance your career goals.
What is ASP.NET?
Originally developed by Microsoft, ASP.NET is an extension of the .NET platform. Its main use is specifically for building web application through some of its advanced features such as:
- Web-page templating syntax
- Editor extensions for syntax highlighting and code completion
- Authentication systems
- ASP.NET web forms
- Support for .aspx files with scripts compiled in visual studio
It’s open source, which means it is improved continually through GitHub. It’s also cross-platform and the apps can be developed and run on MacOS, Windows Linux and more. One thing to be aware of: ASP.NET Core is the actual name of the open source cross-platform version. The legacy Windows-only version was referred to simply as ASP.NET, but all current development, updates, and bug fixes are taking place in ASP.NET Core.
Job Outlook: What Types of Jobs can I get With ASP.NET?
ASP.NET is a highly versatile skill, just like the platform itself. Developers are using the framework to build things like:
- Payment gateways
- Multi-Factor Authorization requests
- Desktop applications
- Mobile applications
- PayPal integrations
- Employee management portals
- Application frameworks
Given the framework’s flexibility, it only follows that many people skilled in ASP.NET are freelancers.
You’ll post your qualifications and payment structure, then match with companies or individuals who have projects they need done. Being a freelancer is often remote and flexible. However, there can be some level of unpredictability in when the work will come in. Freelancer employment often lacks other benefits like medical insurance and retirement accounts such as 401(k)’s.
The good news is that companies of all sizes in all geographic areas need developers that can complete a wide variety of projects, whether web and desktop applications, payment gateways, and more. These positions are salaried, and will include a suite of health and retirement benefits.
Full Stack Developer
By having a thorough understanding of ASP.Net, you can work on both client-side and server side applications, which qualifies you as a full-stack developer. This puts you in high demand as web frameworks are constantly changing and evolving, which means a constant stream of work and demand. This can be an exciting and demanding job, as changes need to be made in real time. Companies depend on their extensive web framework to support e-commerce, customer service, human relations, and more.
Developing web APIs, web apps, and active server pages requires extensive programming skills using the framework provided by ASP.NET. Debugging and validation provide a steady stream of work. Because of this, programmers are always in high demand, and this can be a great place to begin your career in web services.
How do I Learn ASP.NET?
The best way to start learning ASP.NET is to use one of the tutorials and beginner videos available on the Microsoft website. This will get you some great familiarity with the platform. One of the best things you can do is to build a sample application. This will help hone your skills and get a sense of what aspects of the platform you understand, and where you need to learn more.
There are dozens of videos and simple step-by-step tutorials that Microsoft has put together to get you started. There are several other books and online resources you can use to fill out your skill profile. You can start on the specific ASP.NET pages that Microsoft has created to familiarize yourself with the topic.
How to Land a Position with ASP.NET
To land a position using your skills and knowledge developing with ASP.NET, you’ll need not just to have a portfolio of applications you’ve built, but also some solid certifications showing your depth of knowledge.
With a portfolio, certifications, and/or a degree in computer science from CIAT, you’ll be able to entertain competitive offers from a wide range of potential employers. More offers and opportunities mean you can choose the right job for you.
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