What Are the Essential Skills of a .NET Developer?

.NET development requires an assortment of special skills. Whether you’re looking for someone to fill an entry-level position or looking for an advanced developer, it’s useful to know exactly which skills you should be looking for first. Here are the most essential skills that a modern and competitive .NET developer should have obtained.


ASP.NET MVC (also sometimes known simply as ASP.NET) is the most popular framework for building .NET applications. Most versions of ASP.NET MVC are fairly similar; what’s most important is that the developer has knowledge of the MVC rather than a particular version. This is a truly essential skill. Without knowledge of ASP.NET, a developer won’t be able to develop the best web applications. ASP.NET facilitates rapid development and connections between client-side development and backend development.

2. SQL Databases

Data and databases are a huge influence on development today. The more advanced a .NET developer is in database technology, the more useful they will likely be. Microsoft SQL, Oracle, and even MySQL are heavily used in conjunction with .NET, though naturally Microsoft SQL tends to be popular when using .NET. Additional important knowledge may include general data science, as .NET developers often need to work with large set of data for their applications. In recent years, NoSQL databases have also become very important, and not many .NET developers have the expertise to work with them. MongoDB and CouchDB are two popular types of NoSQL database.

3. Full Stack Development

A .NET developer is valuable, but a .NET developer who can also do front-end development is even more valuable. Knowledge of CSS, JavaScript, and HTML can make a .NET developer a Swiss army tool who will be able to contribute to every level of the project. JQuery knowledge and Bootstrap knowledge is an excellent plus on a functional level. This can be useful even if the individual in question won’t be working on the full stack; the more comprehensive the individual’s knowledge is on client-side frameworks, the more likely they are to understand all aspects of an application.

4. MCSD/MCTS/MVP Certification

.NET developers may have a variety of certifications: Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, or Microsoft Most Valuable Professional. Which certification you’re looking for will depend on the job that you’re hiring for. An entry-level position may require an MCTS, a mid-level position may require an MCSD, and MVPs will go only for the most high-ranking positions. Certifications can sometimes make up for a deficit in either experience or education, as they do prove that an employee has the basic skills for a position.

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