The good thing about being a programmer right now is that there are multiple programming languages to choose from and in each iteration, there are better tools, more support for workloads and fewer annoying bugs. The bad thing about being a programmer right now is that… there are multiple programming languages to choose from, and making the right choice from the get-go is seriously important!
Here at Polarising, we strive to provide the skills and options that are better suited for each of our customers businesses. We know that some methodologies are more advantageous for small companies and others will hold better when there are massive scale or very complex data transactions.
But there are programming platforms that can be used to build pretty much any kind of software application and serve a wide array of business needs, from CRM to finance to supply management and redesign them as needed. That’s what .NET does, and we’re seeing how versatile it is first hand.
As of right now, two .NET programming languages, Visual Basic .NET and C#, are among the six most widely used programming languages for software development around the world, according to the May 2019 Tiobe Index. There are a few core characteristics that explain why: it allows the use of multiple languages, has super easy integration with Windows and Microsoft products (they built it, after all), offers horizontal scalability and consistent UI practices, and because the ecosystem is so large and powerful, all the tools have been pre-tested and can be easily accessed.
First launched in 2002, the .NET Framework is now in generation 4.8, the latest version freshly released and with several enhancements in critical areas, most notably security patches, bug fixes, and product improvements. But more trendy now is .NET Core, a more recent development aimed at simplifying development and testing with a free, open source, cross-platform solution.
This is a redesigned version of the .NET Framework that allows the deployment of apps in multiple environments, from mobile to desktop to cloud, and for Windows, MacOS, and Linux. It’s yet another useful tool to have in your skillset, as a specialist in this area, especially as it grows and develops. Core is potentially revolutionary and we want to be a part of that future.
The community of .NET developers is growing and Polarising, as one of Portugal’s Best Companies to Work, is part of that. We’ve got specialized teams working with these frameworks, which is another tool in our toolbox of software engineering, alongside a team of 60+ professionals dedicated to the Spring Framework, for instance. We belive that investing in this technology is to assure a wider know-how that allows any programmer to open doors into new career opportunities, providing our customers the best solutions.
These are skills for the now and for the future, as is superbly known at a time when demand for IT professionals with programming skills is at an all-time high, and both Europe and the U.S. show signs of an increasing skills shortage. Speaking of which, a recent study published by consultancy firm EY Global recognizes the problem and stresses that the most digitally mature companies tend to have higher productivity and lower staff turnover. It’s a good outlook to have when planning for the next five years, right?