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Are you a .NET developer looking to expand your horizons? 2016 is bringing both new challenges and opportunities to the world of .NET; if you want to remain competitive with other applicants or continue delivering the best to your employer, there may be some skills that you need to brush up on.

1. Database Administration

Data is rapidly becoming one of the most important aspects of development, and .NET is no exception. .NET developers should be well-versed not only in Microsoft’s own SQL databases but also emerging technology such as NoSQL. Nearly all developers will need to work closely with database administration, optimization, analysis, and architecture; the more you know about this field, the better. As you progress as a database expert, you may also want to learn about database security, which is its own incredibly powerful field.

2. Mobile Development

The mobile application market is swiftly growing; even more, it’s replacing many of the applications that were traditionally desktop or computer only. Developers who truly want to prepare for the future will develop their mobile application skills, including developing .NET applications for Windows Phone operating systems. The new Windows unified application system is a powerful tool in this regard, making it easier to create an application in a .NET environment and easily port it to computers, mobile devices, and even video game consoles.

3. ASP.Net MVC

ASP.Net’s MVC is considered to be a significant advantage over other alternatives; it’s simple, easy to use, and offers better performance. .NET developers who are looking to improve their frameworks and development speed may want to exp lore ASP.Net MVC, its advantages, and its disadvantages; even if you ultimately decide to use a different framework, the knowledge is still incredibly important.

4. Web Development

Sometimes it seems like everything today ties into a web platform. Client-side web development is extremely valuable for a .NET developer; a .NET developer who knows HTML, CSS, and JavaScript can build both sides of an application, making them a versatile and useful member of any team. Client-side web knowledge will also help a developer tie in their application back-ends more effectively.

5. Microsoft Certification

Microsoft Certification is still as powerful a negotiating tool as ever. When considering two similar candidates, hiring managers will almost always select the candidate that has advanced certifications. For a .NET developer, a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer or a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional certification will open quite a lot of doors, especially if the developer doesn’t have formal education or training. Microsoft Certification can often be used to boost resumes that are otherwise light in some area, such as experience.

.NET developers are going to be in demand for quite some time, so learning any of the above skills can be quite an investment for those who are looking to build a career. For more information about developing your skills as a .NET professional (or finding a team with the best .NET skills already), contact the experts at Software Specialists.