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What makes a great .NET developer?

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It’s a good question, but a complex one to answer. Since Microsoft launched the .NET framework, its popularity has grown exponentially year-on-year and it has quickly become one of the world’s leading programming languages. Additionally, its modular, open-source development stack, .NET Core, is already being utilised by ASP.NET and .NET Native.

As a consequence of its success, there is a significant demand for individuals who possess .NET expertise. So what does make an excellent .NET developer? Stackify rounded up its panel of developers to ask them what skills, traits and experience they look for in a candidate. Here are some of the highlights:

Logical

For Kornilios Ampatzis, a .NET developer who has worked at Test4U for four years, says that a logical mind is essential. He also notes that an ongoing commitment to continue learning is imperative. He explains: “As most of the skills, computer programming needs studying to acquire and since it is constantly evolving, this studying is a never-ending process.”

Proactive

For Janet Attard, founder and owner of Businessknowhow.com, a great candidate is one who has good people skills, is proactive and kind. This means asking questions and seeking out answers, but also retaining humility. She cited that the best candidates are those who are willing to answer questions, but don’t look down on people not familiar with the subject.

Technically minded

Craig Lewis, founder and CEO of Visage Payroll, says it’s all about the technical know-how. He likes a candidate who is productive and has experience in C# web development, web and backend, web API, MVC and .NET Core.

Good communication skills

Katy Imhoff, owner/CEO of Camden Kelly Corporation, said the best .NET candidates are those who possess: “Excellent communication skills so they can collaborate effectively, a passion for learning and staying up to date with the latest technologies, and a knack for analytical thinking that helps them problem solve.” Additionally, she likes .NET developers who are independent and self-motivated.

Adaptable

Steve Pritchard, a consultant for giffgaff, champions adaptability. In sectors as shifting as technology and .NET, applicants should be responsive and flexible when it comes to making modifications. His ideal candidate “should be able to restructure code to improve its quality, without actually altering the external behaviour of the site.” Moreover, at least three years’ experience is required.

A good attitude

Without a good attitude, all of the previously mentioned skills might as well be obsolete. According to Andy Gray, principal consultant at Pro-Sapien Software, candidates who are positive, willing to take on a challenge and can take on feedback is a must.

Other highly sought-after candidates were those who were familiar with .NET MVC, MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer), were Microsoft MVP (Most Valued Professional) qualified and had an understanding of client side technologies.

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