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Post by Rich Moy on Jun 7, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Considering the nuances of .NET, identifying the qualities you should be looking for in candidates can be particularly challenging. Developed by Microsoft in the late 1990s, .NET (pronounced “dot net”) is a framework that runs on Microsoft Windows that allows programmers to build applications with code across several languages. A wide variety of platforms (including Stack Overflow) were built on the back of .NET, so it’s not surprising that developers with a mastery of the framework are in high demand. To help you stand out from the competition to hire them, here are a few tips to keep in mind whenever you need to hire a .NET developer.

Know Where They Spend Their Free Time

Just under 14% of the developers who responded to our 2017 Developer Hiring Survey told us that they found their current jobs after being contacted directly by someone at the company. This is especially good news for tech recruiters who feel skittish about reaching out to developer candidates, but it’s important to know where to find candidates online. Programmers who are looking to learn and share information about .NET projects turn to forums like Microsoft’s ASP.NET forum, Tek-Tips.com, and the VB.NET Forums. Additionally, the .NET community on Stack Overflow is home to over 250,000 questions asked by an engaged community of developers.

As always, use this information wisely when you’re looking to find a .NET developer. After all, they aren’t visiting these sites with the sole intention of finding new jobs. Because .NET is so complicated, take this as an opportunity to learn more about the framework by asking questions to the most active programmers on the forums. Not only will .NET start to make more sense over time, you’ll also show developers that you’re not engaging with them because you’re trying to hit a hiring goal.

Know The Unique Challenges They Face

You could make some sweeping generalizations about what a .NET developer does at work. But they’re tackling some unique projects on a daily basis, and knowing some of them is an excellent way to get a programmer’s attention. Here are a few challenges that .NET developers handle for their engineering teams.

  • A mastery of the latest version of Visual Studio. The best .NET developers have an in-depth knowledge of Visual Studio, which is the foundation of websites and applications built for Windows.
  • Writing reusable and scalable code. Because .NET supports many programming languages, developers often look to write code that can be reused across multiple applications.
  • Maintaining and optimizing applications. Although some developers feel that web apps built in .NET don’t require front-end optimization, many others believe the bigger challenge is maintaining databases is a more urgent task. In fact, some programmers feel as if user data shouldn’t be stored in the .NET framework.

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