Ever since the .Net open source framework was created by Microsoft in 2002, it has become the organization’s most successful programming language. And with thousands of .Net Developers that have emerged as part of this development, they are in high demand all over the world. With this in mind, there are certain things a .Net Developer should be aware of when looking for a new role. This includes having the right hard and soft skills and being well prepared for the interview process. Luckly, this blog post helps you in your search for a new role by exploring different facets of what you need to know to break into the industry and succeed.
What is .Net?
Microsoft developed .Net as a software development framework and ecosystem. It allows for easy desktop and application engineering. Because it is open-source, it is used for a wide range of applications as it provides a controlled programming environment for most software development phases including development, installation, and execution. It shares similarities suuch as the languages’ syntax with the Java platform. However, other languages that the framework supports include C#, Visual Basic .Net, F#, and C++ .Net, Visual Basic,VB.Net, J#, JSCRIPT.Net, Iron Ruby, Iron Python, ASML, and others.
Being familiar with one language, though, is not considered enough. .Net Developers also have a wide range of libraries and frameworks to work with, making it highly straightforward to create a large variety of applications. These “building blocks” help a .Net Developer with custom or proprietary commercial apps and are used in businesses which are involved with enterprise resource planning applications (ERPs), point of sale systems, customer management systems, etc.
What is the .Net Core framework?
Because of .Net’s continuous evolution, we now have the creation of the .Net Core framework. Also open-source and supporting Windows, Mac, and Linux, it addressed prior challenges with porting the framework to other hardware architectures and operating systems. .Net Core should not be considered a replacement of .Net. Instead, they should be looked at as two frameworks, which are being developed in parallel. .Net Core is ideal for new projects made for the browser, the cloud, or other operating systems.
What does a .Net Developer role entail?
As a .Net Developer, you already know that your primary role will be to write applications that use any of the supported languages under the framework. It’s also highly likely that you only specialize in one aspect of the framework, such as ASP. Furthermore, when looking for a .Net Developer role, you need to know exactly what your employer is looking for from a candidate. For example, not all ASP.Net Developers can write applications for Windows or servers. In addition, the skills for the different languages and libraries are also not easily transferable.
With this in mind, you should be aware that you’ll be required to produce code using .Net languages mentioned above; upgrade, configure, and debug existing systems; and provide technical support for web, desktop, or mobile applications. You will also be responsible for designing, tailoring and developing software apps according to your employer’s needs. Continuous development and support will be another feature of your role.
In addition, a .Net Software Engineer is responsible for the analysis of specific problems, potentially providing or developing the appropriate system requirements, which can then be implemented in the design mix of interfaces and components.
They can also take on a variety of other tasks. These may include simple ones such as fixing bugs on an existing product or app or more coplex tasks such as completely building a new app from the ground up.
The hard and soft skills a .Net Developer should have
Given the vast responsibilities of a .Net Developer, it’s crucial that they possess a holistic set of both hard and soft skills.
On the hard skills front, they need to be proficient in VB.Net and C# languages or both; they require knowledge of particular .Net framework versions; familiarity with Mono; ability to write reusable libraries; understand object-oriented programming; be familiar with a range of design and architectural patterns and Microsoft SQL; knowledge of concurrency patterns; possess the ability to write clean and maintainable code; possess knowledge of the strengths and limitations of Common Language Runtime; be familiar with the Windows Presentation Framewors; possess knowledge of popular web application frameworks and the fundamental design principles required to develop a scalable application; as well as have experience with building database schemas.
Regarding the soft skills, collaboration and team work is key as is being customer-oriented, possessing mental resilience, abstract-logical thinking, memory, computational thinking or arithmetic skills, spatial imagination, as well as commercial and organizational abilities. Further soft skills include: project management, business skills, customer support, communication skills, presentation and marketing skills, time management, leadership skills and problem-solving.
The screening process
The .Net Developer screening process will begin when you submit your resume to a prospective employer. They will then look for specific skill sets and qualifications that you possess, as well as past experience in the field. As part of the screening process, the recruiter will also look at your knowledge of Azure, .Net languages (C# plus VB.Net or F#), frameworks (ASP.NET MVC and Entity framework), databases (MySQL, SQL Server, Azure SQL), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), MCSA (web applications, Universal Windows Platform), as well as your experience with and knowledge of .Net Core.
Possible .Net Developer interview questions
We’ve collected a list of 30 of the possible interview questions you may be asked to test your knowledge with the .Net framework. These include the following:
- How long have you been working with .Net?
- What responsibilities have you held as a .NET Developer?
- Are you a .Net contributor or involved in the community?
- How does the .Net framework work?
- Which .Net languages are you adept at?
- What other coding experiences do you possess?
- Do you have experience building and managing Windows solutions?
- Do you possess any Microsoft certifications and achievements/awards?
- What experience do you have with Visual Studio?
- Explain Microsoft Intermediate Language
- Is ASP.Net different from ASP? If yes, explain how?
- Explain role-based security in .Net.
- What are security controls available on ASP.Net?
- What is the use of manifest in the .Net framework?
- What do you know about JIT?
- What are the different types of constructors in C#?
- What is the difference between namespace and assembly?
- Explain MVC.
- What is the difference between “Server.Transfer” and “Response.Redirect”?
- What is passport authentication?
- What is CAS?
- What is the difference between function and stored procedure?
- What are the different assemblies?
- What are the elements of an assembly?
- What are the two types of cookies in ASP.Net?
- What’s the order of events in a page life-cycle?
- What’s a delegate in .NET?
- What are the types of Common Type System (CTS)?
- Describe the most interesting project you’ve participated in and why did you find it appealing?
- Explain the difference between ASP.Net MVC and Web Forms.
With the rapid rise in demand for .Net Developers, it’s crucial that you set yourself apart from others with your skills, knowledge base, and experience. Not every .Net Developer does the same thing or performs the same functions. However, there are commonalities that must be considered in terms of the overarching framework. As a result, you need to be prepared for the interview as best as you can and going over some or all of the possible interview questions will be a great starting point to helping you launch your career.