Developers are often dealing with fatigue. Sometimes, the sheer number of frameworks, languages, libraries, platforms and programming models makes it nearly impossible to keep up. That fact can breed a mixture of frustration and defeat when it comes to managing new projects. And .NET developers are planted squarely in this battle, especially as the preference for hiring full-stack developers continues to push into the landscape.
Luckily, the constant state of never feeling as though you can keep up has bred some new solutions that focus strongly on interoperability. These tools are designed to help developers navigate through the ever-changing development landscape without having to dedicate more time to learning new systems than they do actually working.
The Benefits of Being a .NET Developer
Luckily, Java and .NET developers are better positioned than some professionals who rely on other platforms. Many new software tools, languages and platforms feature versions that are implemented in .NET. This means that integrating the new technologies will be simpler for those with .NET experience.
Additionally, developers with experience in .NET are still in demand. Having skills in these areas can still make for a strong career.
Third-Party Tools for Interoperability
.NET developers also have a new ace up their sleeves in the form of JNBridgePro. This tool provides a simple mechanism to support interoperability between languages such as Clojure, Groovy and Python while also supporting the ever-popular Java and .NET code structures.
What these interoperability tools allow developers to do is take a project that was started in a particular language to be slowly adjusted into another. The “slow and steady” approach can also help alleviate developer fatigue by allowing adjustments to be completed in stages, allowing the creation of bridges between different implementations instead of a complete rewrite from the beginning.
Additionally, if during the transition it is determined the new language doesn’t provide a robust solution, transitioning back out can be simplified as well. It also means the developer didn’t have to personally over-invest in learning a new language that is inevitably abandoned.
Continued Professional Development
Even though interoperability tools have helped alleviate some of the stresses that cause developer fatigue, it does not remove the need for continued professional development. Instead, it allows developers to approach the addition of new skills with more focus instead of haphazardly grabbing at whatever new approach is currently making headlines.
Ultimately, this allows developers to grow stronger in their skills without having to waste time on techniques that inevitably fall out of favor.
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