.NET Scope in Future

Often this question pops out that what is the scope of .NET in the future; or if .NET has any future.

Let’s start replying this question with a question. What does future means? Does it means the next 5 years or next 10 years or 100 years?

You can’t predict the happenings in in the next 100 years but you can be sure that the future of .NET for the next 5 years is very bright. Even the future of .NET for the next 10 years is also very bright.

Time passes very fast and technologies evolve even faster . In the year 1999, Microsoft announced its C# language and couple of years later, .NET was introduced. After 12 years, we are here and .NET and C# is still here; though evolved a lot since then. Some changing trends are the disappearance of VB.NET, Windows Forms and Silverlight and the appearance of HTML 5, JavaScript ,CSS3 and Windows Store Apps.

If you see today, Microsoft is focusing on .NET 4.5 with Visual Studio 2012. Perhaps Visual Studio 2012 is one of the best products to build Windows and Web software applications.

Windows Forms is becoming legacy.

Take a look at Silverlight this date. Silverlight is dead. Microsoft even closed the Silverlight.net website. For Windows development, more businesses are adapting WPF over Windows Forms. You also can’t see too many innovative improvements happening in Widows Forms from Microsoft. We know that both Windows Forms and WPF have evolved enough and Microsoft doesn’t seem to be making any new changes.

So where are ASP.NET and WPF today? Well, though WPF is yet in high demand and ASP.NET has future products like MVC and Web API but conventional ASP.NET is being replaced with faster and lighter HTML 5, JavaScript, and JQuery. Though not sure about the future for Windows Forms, WPF and ASP.NET but there is ample to do with .NET.

The current track of Microsoft development has three major verticals for certifications; they are:

  • Windows Store Apps
  • Web Applications
  • ALM

And you can build applications in all three disciplines using C#, .NET 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012.

True goes the saying by Mahesh Chand, Founder C# Corner “A programmer must adopt and adapt.”

Even after several years later, .NET might evolve in something else but as a software developer, you also have to evolve too.

Languages

Microsoft has spent a lot in two languages — C# and XAML. You can conclude that the future of Microsoft is based on these two languages. No matter if you develop a Windows Phone app, ASP.NET web application ,Windows 8 app, a service, or Windows thick clients, you can use these two languages. So learning XAML and C# is always a good idea and promise you a great future.

WCF

Either you build mobile applications or large enterprise applications, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) has become an industry standard to build distributed applications. This is also a part of .NET.

In .NET world, things are changing fast .UWP is new way to build Windows 10 applications. Web API is the way to build Web services. ASP.NET MVC is being a defacto of development Web development using ASP.NET. Now .NET is open source and new .NET is called .NET Core. ASP.NET Core is new open source version of ASP.NET. Now Xamarin is a part of Microsoft that allows .NET and C# developers and build open source Android apps and iOS.

WE conclude here.

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