As development timetables shrink and end-user requirements expand, programmers are hard-pressed to design and roll out high-performing apps as quickly as they can. To do this effectively, they need to start as far along in the process as possible. This means eliminating the line-by-line code creation that characterized traditional approaches. It means recycling and reusing as much as possible. It means never starting from scratch.
.NET controls have emerged as a way for developers to quickly ramp up their .NET development on any one of Microsoft's coding platforms. These blocks of code can be seamlessly shared, entered into new application foundations and built on to ensure a timely, relatively painless design process. Instead of starting an application build from the beginning, programmers can access key .NET controls that provide incredibly high functionality and diverse feature sets with the click of a button.
Here are six benefits of using .NET controls for enterprise app development:
- Simplifies outsourcing: Many enterprise teams decide that it makes more sense to save time and energy by working with third-party application developers to create their apps. But companies can still retain some control over the .NET development process by procuring existing .NET controls and working with the outsourced team to wield them effectively.
- Increases in-house development potential: On the flip side, .NET controls can also enhance the development approach for an organization that decides to put its in-house app design team on the job. While there is clearly a higher learning curve if applications are developed in-house as opposed to a third-party provider, the organization retains a higher degree of customization. Ease of use is a high priority in .NET controls, so on-premises projects can start off on the right foot.
- Assembly line cuts down on incompatibility issues: As the Microsoft Developer Network pointed out, a frequent issue .NET framework apps often run into is versioning incompatibility.aspx). This can curtail productivity and even render a formerly functioning app unusable. By employing the same base blocks of code, developers can avoid any unpleasant surprises.
- Optimizes visible elements...: One type of .NET controls encompasses visible elements of the user interface, including data grids and charts. These elements, which are actually seen by the viewer, enable the construction of better prototypes, the incorporation of real-world data and a better feel for how the application will actually function. This can help developers work with end users to ensure that the application has an intuitive look and feel.
- ...And some invisible ones as well: Other .NET controls are only seen during the development stage and cannot be perceived when the end user actually utilizes the app. These components fulfill a variety of key non-visual and business logic requirements, providing foundational utilities on which further design choices can be based.
- Ready for mobile development: As The Age contributor Bill Rigby wrote, the rise of mobile devices puts pressure on programmers and companies to select the "correct" device environment for their development objectives. .NET controls work with a variety of the strongest frameworks for mobile development, including ASP.NET and Win RT.