7 Benefits Cloud Computing Can Bring to Asp.Net Developer

7 Benefits Cloud Computing Can Bring to Asp.Net Developer

By Contributing Writer
Anastasia Stefanuk
  |  December 03, 2021



ASP.NET developers
are now in high demand as more and more companies seek a competitive advantage through better software for their web applications.

ASP.NET is Microsoft (News - Alert)'s platform for creating and deploying web sites, web apps, services.  It is a technique for CRM development, making web apps and Microsoft services. It is included in the Microsoft .NET (News - Alert) platform and is a development of the earlier Microsoft ASP technology. According to SimilarTech, about 2,000,000 sites use the platform.

ASP.NET development is based on the CLR: programmers are able to develop for ASP.NET in practically any of the programming languages, a few of them being incorporated into the ASP.NET Framework  and others may be installed in addition (IronPython, IronRuby, PHP, Perl, Smalltalk, Haskell, etc.). Nevertheless, the terminology ".NET-programmer" is frequently not quite correct, which seems to describe a programmer in whatever programming language may be applied to the .NET project.

.NET is widespread enough in growing up internal corporate software solutions, however in the web development is yet comparatively infrequent, as well as any other Microsoft development solutions. That is why it is rather difficult to find engineers for a web application. In addition, to the cost of purchasing the necessary software licenses, the technology is fairly costly to build and support, a substantial investment in the budget of the project comes from the high salaries of the ASP.NET programmer.

What Does an Asp.Net Programmer Need to Know?

To work with ASP.NET you first of all need to know the principles and mechanisms of the .NET platform itself, which are basically not only in web development. It is not enough to write server code in one of the supported .NET languages (C#. VB.NET, etc.). It is important to write the code of the highest quality, readable (JetBrains Resharper), optimize it, set rules, and follow them (StyleCop, FxCop), and leave comments on complex logical sections. Mastery of patterns will allow you to create extensible and structured code. The ability to test (NUnit) the code will allow controlling the quality of the product as a whole.

ASP component, as well as others, has its own specifics, it is important and necessary to know its main specific aspects, advantages over others, and pitfalls. All this must be combined with the skills of administering servers with web services (IIS) and data. Web development involves working with the HTTP protocol, so mediocre knowledge in this area is unacceptable.

If we talk about Full Stack, we mean that the developer has good knowledge in other areas. Working with data means that it is necessary to know the basic principles of working with databases, competent construction of data models.

When talking about the client-side, we mean knowledge of JavaScript (both the basics and frameworks), HTML, CSS (News - Alert), and client debugging tools.

What Is Cloud Technology?

To put it in technical terms, cloud computing is a way of organizing physical and software tools and a set of tools by which the user gets the computing power to perform the task at hand.

Cloud computing is a resource that the user receives as a service and works with it remotely. This means that to make calculations and process information, you do not use the power of your computer, but a third party. For example, cloud services are:

  • mail: Gmail, Hotmail;
  • remote work with documents: Google (News - Alert) Docs, Office Web Apps;
  • data storage: Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox;
  • real-time image editing: Figma;
  • services for creating notes, collaborative work on tasks: Trello, Jira, Evernote (News - Alert);
  • Online application stores: Google Play, App Store, and Microsoft Store;
  • Cloud hosting - placing your site in the "cloud".

Cloud computing consultants provide this set of services for ordinary users as well as for businesses". In the first case, you get a minimum set of functions, which is enough for daily tasks. For an enterprise, you need a cloud service for business, because the functionality is broader there.

The trends we are seeing in the cloud services market show an increase in business interest in deploying test environments in the cloud. In addition, there is a clear trend toward virtualizing the anchor systems of various companies, which allows for more flexible resource management.

7 Advantages of Cloud Computing for Asp.Net Developers

Why is the demand for using public clouds for testing and developing new products and services growing?

1.Speed

Deploying a testbed on dedicated hardware takes many times longer than in the cloud. Connecting the necessary resources in the cloud requires literally minutes, and any developer and tester can handle it. It must also be taken into account that in large companies it is not so easy to buy equipment quickly, and they usually do not keep "orphan" equipment. And the IT director has to go through the fire, water, and brass pipes to agree with the CFO on the purchase of an additional server. In turn, the contract for cloud services can be concluded without unnecessary red tape. At the same time, a framework service agreement with a provider actually means that an IT Director or CDTO (Chief Digital Transformation Officer) will use the cloud environment an unlimited number of times within the existing contract, running any number of processes and testing various hypotheses.

2.Security

Only very serious companies today can afford to build a data center of the same level of reliability and security as the large cloud providers. However, even they often turn to cloud services, because they have problems finding qualified personnel or simply do not want to administer the equipment. Construction of data centers of no less than TIER III level according to Uptime Institute classification, as the leading providers of cloud services require significant costs and competence - hence the growing demand for outsourcing (including for the tasks of testing and development). Reliable computing, telecommunications, and engineering equipment combined with skilled support can achieve the continuous availability of cloud resources. And as a result, ensure the continuity of development processes running on a cloud basis, flexible scaling at any time, and data protection from losses.

3.Savings

Equipment purchases are an additional capital outlay. And even if we are talking about hiring external developers, customers need to keep in mind: the purchase of new systems for stands is put on the vendor's balance sheet and will probably be included in the cost of the final service. Using the same computing complexes repeatedly to test products for different customers is unlikely to work, as infrastructure requirements are sometimes unique. Therefore, such hardware will only be needed once or twice, and the rest of the time it will be idle. A similar situation happens when a company buys equipment for itself and its own developers for a project.

4.Automation

Cloud resource management software automatically performs its functions by dynamically directing the requested amount of resources to the user for use. This results in fewer daily actions by corporate IT staff and more accurate resource requests.

5.Comfort

A key advantage of the cloud is teamwork and mobility. In fact, with access to the console, all members of the project team can work from anywhere in the world. At the same time, it is easy to set up employee access rights and track changes in the program code made by them. In particular, this is achieved with the help of Continuous Deployment tools, which automate a lot of routine operations from the moment of making changes to the code to deploying a new version of the product in the cloud. It is also easier to provide external access to the customer from the cloud. This is needed, for example, to quickly validate the solution and demonstrate it to the customer.

6.Stability

Load testing is a demanding and crucial part of the development process, which relates as much as it can to the operational environment of the application. If this test is conducted at the same capacity as the mission-critical applications, resources may not be available. Not only testing productivity is at stake, but also the continuity of business processes. For this reason, many of our clients conduct tests in the cloud, thus ensuring that regular releases are made without sagging the performance of sites and client services. For example, Tutu.ru makes changes to the architecture of its portal at least twice a week. Similarly, Unistream uses the cloud to refine new business systems, and Qlean improves its mobile application in the cloud.

7.Ease of Access

Far more applications, information, resources, and business services are available to employees, organizations, and processes than an "iron-clad" server under a sysadmin's desk can provide. Typically, access is through a common browser.

Thus, cloud computing leads to a radical change in the way technology resources are used. At the same time, the consumption of cloud resources and services is easy to measure, easy to dose, and payment is charged to users of cloud services for their actual use. All this makes it possible to track the actual consumption of cloud services, and thus better understand the need for their expenses.

Cloud technology plays a key role in the digital transformation of enterprises, including small- and medium-sized businesses. According to a Harvard Business Review study, cloud computing provides small businesses with the support they need to compete in the global marketplace. It enables the use of virtual infrastructure to manage systems and services such as loyalty programs, which rely heavily on real-time data collection, resulting in increased business efficiency and lower operating costs.