.NET Languages Explained

At Blacklight Software, we are .NET development experts and can use this flexible and object-oriented framework to bring you CRM (customer relationship management) solutions, bespoke apps, and redesign existing applications.

However, many businesses we’ve worked with had little to no understanding of the process or the .NET languages used, which is why we bring you this blog post today.

Read on to learn more about the .NET framework, what it’s used for, and for our guide to dot net language, including both Microsoft languages and non-Microsoft languages.


What is The .NET Framework?

.NET is an open-source computer software framework that can be used to develop a range of cross-platform applications, including web, computer, mobile, and Windows-based apps.

Providing a programming guideline, .NET is used by software developers across the globe - including our very own team of expert developers at Blacklight Software. In fact, NET core is used by many companies you’ve likely heard of - for example, Dell, Intel, and investment banking giant JP Morgan Chase. Microsoft also uses the framework on their own software.

There are countless benefits of using the .NET software framework, from its cross-platform design to its flexibility. Not only does it support the development of XML services and applications, but it also supports the recurring maintenance of them too.

.NET can be used for CRM development (customer relationship management development). Having a CRM system is key for any business that deals with clients or customers - for example, businesses that sell goods or services. Our developers at Blacklight Software can use .NET to build constructive software that can streamline your business processes - including CRM or supply chain management systems.

Whether you’re developing software from scratch or developing applications, .NET can be extremely useful. Developers can utilise its wide range of .NET code libraries, API and compilers to create custom software and applications for your business.

As it is considered a complex framework, it generally requires skilled experts to produce software solutions using .NET. The .NET platform can work with a range of programming languages - from C# to VB.NET. Read on to learn more about .NET languages.


Our Guide to .NET Languages

.NET languages refer to computer programming languages - languages that are used in the creation and production of programs within the Microsoft .NET framework.

The output of the language represents the logic in the Common Intermediate Language - also known as CIL. This is compiled to object code that’s appropriate for the device or machine that you’re conducting the programming on.

.NET features a huge collection of pre-written code that supports both simple and complex data structures. You can use this code provided by other developers and integrate such code into your own programs. With .NET, you can find specific libraries for database access, security, and encryption.

Different languages can be used for different environments. The two key types are MSIL (Microsoft Intermediate Language) and CLI (Common Language Infrastructure). Developers can use MSIL to program the language they desire - and compile it into MSIL. Then, they’ll compile it into machine code that can be operated in a different environment.

There are many programming languages (more than 40), but only a small amount of the .NET languages are provided or supported by Microsoft - for example, Visual Basic .NET, C#, and more. Read on to learn more about the .NET languages provided by Microsoft, and a little about some other non-Microsoft languages provided by third parties.


Microsoft .NET Languages

Microsoft supports a select few .NET languages. For example, Windows PowerShell, which is an interactive scripting language. This language provides developers with complete access to the framework.

Microsoft’s flagship language for the .NET framework is C#. C#, pronounces C Sharp, is similar to the C++ language, and also shares similarities with Java languages. Developers also frequently use Virtual Basic .NET, which is a fresh version of the Virtual Basic language. This approachable language features a simple syntax and can be used whilst building object-oriented and type-safe applications.

J# is a J++ and Java transitional language, and JScript .NET is a version of the JScript language. Some other Microsoft .NET languages include:

  • VBx (a dynamic form of Virtual Basic)
  • IronPython (.NET version of the Python language)
  • C++/ CLI
  • F# (a form of ML programming language used to write robust and performant code)
  • IronRuby (Ruby programming language for .NET)


Non-Microsoft .NET Languages

The reality is that there are too many non-Microsoft dotNET languages to count - and new ones are being introduced regularly. Some languages you may have heard of include:

  • Java bytecode
  • Lexico (Spanish object-oriented)
  • APL (APLNext)
  • Chrome (Object Pascal)
  • Modula-2
  • Ruby (Ruby.NET)
  • Scale
  • Phogram (The Phogram Company)
  • Boo (statically typed)
  • Eiffel (EiffelEnvision)
  • Perl (Active Perl)
  • Haskell (modified Haskell for .NET)
  • PHP (Phalanger)

The list goes on - there are many more non-Microsoft .NET languages that you can use while developing software.


.NET Development at Blacklight Software

Blacklight Software is a forward-thinking software development organisation that is ahead of the curve in many ways. We’ve been using .NET since the very beginning, which has given us all the experience and skills we need to develop the best bespoke software for your business.

We are a proud Microsoft Gold Partner, and have been since 2010 - and have quickly established a reputation of being efficient, secure, and reliable. Specialising in app development and web development, we can develop software for a range of platforms.

We have vast experience using Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Office and Sharepoint, as well as .NET to bring software to life. For example, we could use a Windows server, Azure DevOps, Microsoft Technologies or Agile Project Management to generate top-quality results with all of our bespoke software.

Our dedicated team always works with a comprehensive and consultative approach and can guide you through the process. Regardless of whether you’re in media, marketing, or even aerospace, we can develop the software your business needs to thrive. Contact our team of expert developers today to get the ball rolling on your software solution.

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