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What .Net Framework to learn?

Discussion in 'Scripting & Programming' started by piccadilly, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. piccadilly

    piccadilly Byte Poster

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    Hello All,

    I'm an ex-ASP.Net (VB) developer from the 1.1. days.

    I could be looking to make a return to programming in the near future, but wondering what framework is best to learn for a new job (not for new technology)?

    I fear also that I need to learn C# as it's taken over VB since I last programmed at work (back in 2006).
     
  2. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

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    Bah. I've never programmed in C#. Im still programming in VB.Net.

    Which version you learn depends really. .Net 2 is still in use (we certainly develop using 2 primarily at the moment), but you could look at learning 3.5, since it introduces WPF/WCF/etc.

    Learn whichever you want to really. Nothing really wrong with any of it.
     
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  3. piccadilly

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    Yes, but it seems London is asking more for C# these days (recently the British Museum was advertising for a ASP.Net/C# role); the need might be different around other parts of Britain.

    Off-topic, I was up in Aberdeen two Decembers ago to train users on a CMS; how do you put up with the cold? :O Great highstreet though for shopping.
     
  4. Fergal1982

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    Well there is that. Different markets have different requirements. Certainly nothing wrong with knowing both.

    Aberdeen is ok. Generally you cope with the cold by moaning about it really :biggrin. They are actually building a huge shopping centre next to the train station. No idea when its due to open though.
     
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  5. LordMoolyBap

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    We use .NET 3.5 and absoloutely love it. There are loads of brilliant new features such as Linq. If there are a lot of things you are starting from fresh on then look at the video tutorials on Microsofts www.asp.net site. They have loads on there. A good thing to start looking at would be ASP.NET MVC. I think this will gain in popularity and makes things like unit testing much easier.

    You can use VB.NET or C# and in general as long as you know the .NET framework well enough you can move between the two langauges. C# is more strict, it's my preffered language but we work in both.

    Good luck
    Dom
     
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  6. piccadilly

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    It's the same in the USA; I recollect hearing from a US developer many years back. NY wanted more C#.

    I didn't think that there was enough room to build nearby the station.

    Well what I remember in December 2007 was Edinburgh was about 8 degrees. I headed on the train 2 hours north, and froze as I got off the train with minus something; it was a great experience.

     
  7. piccadilly

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    When you've limited time, I think I'll opt for the one language for now. Thank you both.

     

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