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Where Have All the ASP.NET Developers in Maine Gone?

Where Have All the ASP.NET Developers in Maine Gone?

If you’ve ever Googled ASP.NET development firm in maine you know that the results are pretty dire. Where have all the .NET developers gone?  The short answer is that they’re all gainfully employed or busy.  Even the one's that have outdated skill sets. Honestly, try to hire a gifted developer. It’s near impossible.

Why are search results for ASP.NET developer  and .NET development consulting group in Maine   so poor? Who knows!  Google really stinks at returning good results for firms and consultants in the technology space.  It’s truly mind boggling. Perhaps they want us to pay for the traffic using pay-per-click. We don't advertise because we're busy and PPC is really bad at landing qualified leads  in the software and web development space.

ASP.NET is used by about 16% of all websites that use a server-side programming language. The percentage goes up to 24% when you examine the top 10,000 websites. Yet, over the past 10 years, ASP.NET has lost about 8% market share. This is mostly due to Wordpress and other early open-source content management systems gobbling up market share. SaaS solutions and website builders like Square Space and WIX have also contributed to the slight decline in market share.  Percentages aside, .NET is a vibrant and active technology stack.  As such, Microsoft .NET developers are in high demand. Highly experienced ASP.NET software developers are in short supply and demand will continue to outstrip supply for years to come.  The market is no different for Java or Ruby (or take your pick of any software language).  The talented folks are all gainfully employed.

This is an exciting time to be a .NET developer. ASP.NET Core 1.0 and .NET Core 1.0 are wholly new – it’s the starting line or fork in the road for a fresh new approach that is cross platform, more agile, and small (e.g. microservices that are easy to develop, test, and release). With MS engineers involved in > 2,000 open source projects, you’d be hard pressed to say that the future of Microsoft.NET is anything but open-source. All that aside, we don’t expect the market share for ASP.NET to increase a whole bunch anytime soon.  And that’s okay.  The big and complicated projects seek out Rails, Java, and .NET.  That's our market.  Big, custom, and complicated.

These are the only established .NET client/services shops* within 75 miles of Portland, Maine.  Each of these development groups has a full-time on-site development crew:

  • Dirigo Design & Development, Inc. - Portland, ME
  • WinXNet - Portland, ME
  • System Architecture .NET - Windham, ME
  • PixelMEDIA - Portsmouth, NH
* If you'd like to be added to this list - have a physical address and more than two full-time on-location .NET developers - e-mail us.  We'd be happy to add you.

About ASP.NET @ Dirigo Design & Development, Inc.

If you’re looking to hire an ASP.NET developer in Portland Maine, New Hampshire, or Northern New England for a web project then you’ve come to the right place. That is, if you’re looking to have a company with and established track record of success run your project. We’ve been Maine and New Hampshire’s go-to team since 1999 for interactive or web based Microsoft .NET projects. Maine is just where we live. Most of our revenue comes from the other 49 states. That makes Dirigo good for Maine - we’re bringing needed dollars to the state. We have 8 in-house developers with an entire firm that is fluent in Microsoft technology.

Three of us can work on legacy or classic ASP VBScript projects. Four of us still tolerate ASP.NET WebForms. And all of us work on ASP.NET 4.5 MVC projects. We’re fluent with all things in the Microsoft Stack – SQL Server, MVC, Web API, Entity Framework, Server Admin… We stood-up our first large projects on Core 1.0 at SP1 (in January - March 2016).

We have experience with all the of the .NET Web Content Management and E-Commerce Systems

  • Sitecore
  • Ektron/EPiServer
  • DotNetNuke (DNN) and Evoq
  • Umbraco
  • Sitefinity
  • Kentico
  • DirigoEdge
  • ASPDotNetStorefront (ASPDNSF)
  • nopCommerce
  • BlogEngine.NET
  • and more…

We’re also fluent with MySQL, WordPress, Drupal, ColdFusion, and a myriad of php-based or L.A.M.P. systems, so working on a hybrid project or a migration from one language to another is par for the course .

The World Wide Web is our pallet. HTML5, CSS3, AnjularJS, JQuery, Sass, Less, Modernizr, Font Awesome… just about every framework that you can throw at us — we’ve done it.  Our websites and applications are beautiful. They work and they’re aesthetically pleasing (thanks to our Interactive Designers). We’re not an I.T. Consulting group that knows ASP.NET and does ‘web’ some of the time. And we're not the artistic Photoshop types that draw pretty pictures and outsource the development. We’re the Internet or Web folks who work on the web everyday using Microsoft ASP.NET as our #1 go-to technology. I'd put the Dirigo team up against any outfit within 1,000 miles for a smack-down because we've got the goods .

Clients seek us out every day to do what others cannot. We do the challenging stuff. We create ‘custom’ bespoke projects - there’s nothing that our team cannot do. The entire team is about as full-stack as it can get. Six of us have more than 10 years of experience.

Why so much emphasis on Microsoft ASP.NET?

We’ve spent most of this post naming web development tools and frameworks because that’s where the search traffic resides. Tools matter because clients that want ASP.NET want .NET. 

Tools don’t really define the developer or development group.  It all boils down to the craft — what can we do with these .NET tools? Take a look around our website and decide for yourself.  Then give David Addison a ring at 207-347-7360 when you’re ready to talk.



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