. NET Development Services Agency London

We develop fast, user-friendly . Net websites that help you reach your business goals. . Net is used for developing applications for web and mobile platforms. It is a software programming framework developed by Microsoft and runs on Windows. Because it is backed by Microsoft, .NET works with all MS servers and software, allowing for easy integration.

 

The framework provides a development environment where different programming languages and libraries can interact seamlessly. Lilo uses .NET to create custom website solutions and applications for clients in a diverse variety of industries.

Benefits of Working with . NET

  • . NET is geared towards building quality applications in a shorter time frame, helping developers to work more efficiently and improve their productivity.
  • The framework allows developers to target any type of application, running on any platform. This means they are able to reuse their skills and code across multiple platforms in a familiar programming environment.
  • . NET has a large ecosystem, which includes the extensive partner network NuGet, and the Visual Studio Marketplace.
  • . NET is known for its speed, performing faster than any other popular framework. This means .NET applications provide better response times and require less processing power.
  • Being backed by Microsoft security makes the framework very safe and reliable, with its managed runtime providing developers with immediate security benefits.
  • Being open-source, the .NET Framework is available for anyone to use for free. Microsoft aims to make every aspect of the Framework as accessible as possible, so the documentation is open-source as well as the code. The .NET Foundation ecosystem includes thousands of individual developers and companies contributing to . NET development.

What Can You Build with .NET?

There are many different apps that can be built using .NET:

  • For the web: Online applications and services for Windows and other operating systems, including Linux and macOS.
  • For mobile: Native mobile apps for Windows, iOS and Android.
  • For desktop: Well-crafted desktop apps for Windows and macOS.
  • Machine learning: ML algorithms, speech processing and predictive models for apps.
  • Cloud: Can be used to create and deploy new cloud services, or to consume existing cloud services.
  • Microservices: Create independently deployable microservices that run on Docker containers
  • Gaming: 2D and 3D games for desktops, phones and consoles.
  • Internet of Things (IoT): IoT apps with native support for single-board computers such as Raspberry Pi.

Who Uses .NET?

A variety of well-established companies around the globe have their own . NET success stories to tell:

GoDaddy used .NET Core to port communications services to Linux in just six weeks, working in C# and using the . NET Portability Analyser.

UPS created a faster, consolidated version of their Mobile app using Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin. The new app offers a better customer experience, and uses about half the amount of code. They also developed a customer service chatbot called UPS Bot, which runs on the Microsoft Bot Framework and Azure.

Stack Overflow, a well-known knowledge resource for professional programmers, has relied on .NET since the beginning. “Ever since we started, we’ve been able to tune our Microsoft infrastructure to a level of performance that we’re more than comfortable with,” says developer and system administrator Nick Craver.

Tools and Editors for . NET

These .NET development tools are compatible with Windows, Linux and macOS:

Visual Studio: An Integrated Development Environment (IDE) on Windows, suitable for building every type of .NET application.

Visual Studio Code: A development tool for building cross-platform websites and services, best used with the C# extension.

Visual Studio for Mac: Allows users to build native apps for Android, Windows, iOS and macOS with Xamarin. Also used for building websites and services with ASP.NET Core.

OmniSharp: Allows for cross-platform . NET development in a variety of editors, including Atom, Sublime Text and more.

JetBrains Rider: A cross-platform Integrated Development Environment, built with IntelliJ and ReSharper technology. JetBrains Rider offers support for .NET and . NET Core applications, across all platforms.

.NET Core CLI: A Command-Line Interface (CLI) used for developing cross-platform websites and services.

Ionide: A Visual Studio Code package suite, compatible with F#.

Components of the .NET Framework

The .NET Framework is made up of two key components: FCL and CLR.

FCL: The Framework Class Library is the name of .NET’s extensive class library, which provides interoperability across several programming languages. Windows, console and web applications can all make use of the FCL; so can XML Web Services and Windows Services.

CLR: The Common Language Runtime is the software environment where all . NET programmes run. CLR makes life easier for programmers by providing memory management and thread management. Code that runs under the CLR is known as managed code.

Other key concepts of the .NET Framework are:

CTS: Common Type System, a set of data types that ensures that objects written in different . NET languages can interact with each other.

CLS: Common Language Specification, a subset of CTS, which specifies the set of rules for all language compilers targeting CLR.

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The Development of .NET

Microsoft first began developing their .NET Framework back in the late 1990s. It was originally named Next Generation Windows Services, or NGWS. The first beta versions were released in late 2000, and the official release took place in February 2002.

Eventually, the .NET Framework led to the development of a family of . NET platforms:

  • . NET Core: A managed computer software framework targeting the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), as well as cross-platform and cloud computing workloads.
  • NET Compact Framework: A reduced version of the original framework available on Windows CE platforms. The Compact Framework is available on Windows Mobile devices such as smartphones.
  • . NET Micro Framework: Targeted at embedded devices with resource constraints.
  • Silverlight: An application framework for writing and running rich Internet applications, available as a web browser plugin.
  • Xamarin/ Mono: An open-source implementation for running apps on all the major mobile operating systems. Available for multiple operating systems, customised into popular smartphone systems like Android and iOS, as well as game engines.

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