What are the Common .NET Development Challenges?

Nowadays, every organization wants to have an application to enhance their business reach and increase the number of users or buyers to generate more revenue. There are many different types of app development technologies available for this. But some of the top technologies available in the tech market are Java, Python, .NET, and more. Out of these, the most preferred one is .NET, developed by Microsoft. Microsoft is best at offering frameworks, tools, and technologies that perform reliably and scalably. Therefore, the majority of businesses hire .NET development services providers who can create web or mobile applications that are robust, unique, and user-friendly and overcome .Net development challenges.

Besides, .NET has the capability to scale any type of project, so if any business owner asks for an application development company’s suggestion, .NET will be at the top of their list. There are some other challenges that companies face in the .NET development and here in this blog, we are going to have a look at some of those challenges faced during the ASP.NET development process. 

1. Common ASP.NET Development Challenges

Some of the common issues that software developers encounter during .NET development are – 

Common ASP.NET Development Challenges

1.1 Unnecessary Logging

When it comes to the .NET frameworks, all the event log items that are present in the application will be logged in by default if the web.config file is neglected. This is because .NET web applications come with in-built systems that automatically log everything from small components to high HTTP responses. Besides this, .NET is a framework that comes with a reputation for logging everything which makes the HTTP response to the accurate load time for every small component of the application. And if the developers leave this unchecked, the ASP.NET application development endeavors can be restricted because of the reduction of the load time. Therefore, applications created using .NET software development approaches require routine checks as this can help in avoiding errors that might have been caused due to unnecessary logging. 

1.2 Garbage Collection Pauses

Garbage Collection (GC) is something that occurs in CLR when the memory utilized by different components on the managed heap increases the pre-decided threshold configuration. Garbage collection pauses generally occur in the  Generation 0 heap. This is the place where the storage of short-lived objects is present. Besides, Full GC occurs when the garbage collection lies in the Generation 2 heap. This is the place where long-lived objects occur. All these processes cause a lot of CPU load. And this is mainly at the time GC is added to the CLR. This process slows down the entire app processing method. Therefore, the garbage collection pauses issue is one of the biggest concerns of .NET developers.

1.3 Application Hanging

Application hanging is generally known as a common problem for .NET software development. There are two types of hanging applications, soft hangs, and hard hangs. Hanging of applications is a concept that means that either the IIS website takes a lot of time to load any type of information & data or it displays various errors while being accessed. Here, soft hangs occur when a bad code is present in the website and it creates issues while page loading. Soft hang issues are solved with the help of peer testing methods and code review. On the other hand, hard hangs occur when the loading of a page is completely impossible and the app stops working. Even if your favourite IDE, such as Visual Studio does not display any compilation or run-time issues, follow traditional code review and peer testing.

1.4 Code Dependencies

Code dependency is one of the biggest reliefs for the developers as they can simplify the .NET application development process by getting access to a different set of data and libraries. This means that developers don’t have to work on any major issue as the solution for it is out there and available for use. Basically, with the use of libraries that have solutions for all the issues, the developers can save a lot of time and effort that goes into searching for a solution. This is why the use of the open-source tool is cost and time effective. But code dependency can sometimes put your application at risk. Therefore, before using any dependent library or code, here are the few checkpoints that must be considered. 

  • Is the chosen library trustworthy and reliable? 
  • Is this the correct way to use it?

Besides this, checking the code and its performance before use is a must.

Further Reading on Bad Coding Practices

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1.5 Server Overload

Another common challenge that .NET developers face is running into server overload. In .NET, the IIS suite comes with various tools that include IIS Server. Because of this, hosting of .NET applications becomes easy but the problem is that without the use of load balancing, the majority of the servers get overwhelmed as the number of base users increases. And this results in overutilization of the server which ends up in a server overload issue. Server overload can be caused because of any issues caused on an IIS server which includes using an SSL certificate that was either expired or placed on the CRL. Here, caching issues and app pool plays a major role, which makes the developers keep testing both the coding realm and app layer actively before putting any .NET app out for production.

1.6 Database Issues

.NET application development is a process that enables the programmers to create applications with their chosen database technologies, which is mostly DBMS as it is the best fit for ASP.NET. But when it comes to databases in .NET, there are some common issues that the majority of the developers face during the development process. For instance, if a web page is working alright but is slow, there are chances that its database has some issues. Therefore, the database needs to be monitored constantly. 

Another example to explain this challenge clearly is that, if a.NET application is using a huge database and running some complex operations on it, it might take a few seconds or minutes to load the .NET page. And here, database configuration issues also play an important role. The developers may or may not have control over how database calls and the database schema work depending on how your development team is structured.

1.7 Overuse of Thread Synchronization

When a .NET developer is creating an app and writing a code for it, there are chances that he writes or synchronizes a code in such a manner that only one thread might be able to get serviced at one particular point and other threads will be put on standby for being processed. This type of issue is known as the overuse of thread synchronization. 

For instance, as per business logic, an e-commerce app must be able to process items once the request is sent and synchronization will help in arranging the incoming threads for future execution. So, the developers create a synchronized code and apply the lock on any particular object from the eCommerce site, and then an incoming thread will have to wait until the software developer is able to access the lock on the synchronized object. In such cases, the gap between the threads increases, and the transactions become slow which eventually decreases the response time of the eCommerce site. 

2. Conclusion 

As seen in this blog, when it comes to .NET Development, there are various methods, approaches, and techniques that are commonly used by .NET developers. But when the developers are creating apps using different .NET techniques, they must be aware of the types of troubleshoots that might occur and they must have skills & knowledge to resolve the issues faced during the .NET application development process. This is why businesses prefer to hire expert .Net development company as they will have the skills to resolve all the challenges that might be faced while creating a robust application and can offer the best .NET solution for their business. 

Itesh Sharma

Itesh Sharma is core member of Sales Department at TatvaSoft. He has got more than 6 years of experience in handling the task related to Customer Management and Project Management. Apart from his profession he also has keen interest in sharing the insight on different methodologies of software development.


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