8 Websites Every Microsoft .NET Developer Should Know About

Sara Morgan 19-03-2009

8 Websites Every Microsoft .NET Developer Should Know About netlogoThere are currently millions of developers worldwide that are using Microsoft.NET technologies. If you are one of them or want to become one, then each of the websites I am about to list should be in your list of favorites, your list of bookmarks, or just written down on a piece of paper (yeah right, as if a .NET developer would use a pen and paper).


For those of you not familiar with Microsoft.NET technologies, they represent a platform and set of tools that computer programmers can use to build very rich, interactive applications for the Windows desktop, the Internet, or even hand-held mobile devices. Chances are strong that one of your favorite websites was built using Microsoft ASP.NET.

1. CodeProject

8 Websites Every Microsoft .NET Developer Should Know About codeproject

I cannot count the number of times I have downloaded code from this site over the years. The quick and helpful articles always include a code download and are written by real world developers who give you straight to the point help for a particular coding problem.

Developers who submit articles to the website are not paid, but instead submit the article and code to get approval of the site’s community. The site covers more than just .NET and the Windows platform, so it is a good resource for developers that need to go outside of their normal skill sets.

2. DotNetNuke

8 Websites Every Microsoft .NET Developer Should Know About dotnetnuke


DotNetNuke is an open source framework that developers can download and use to build their own web applications using Microsoft ASP.NET. If you are a .NET developer and you have not at least downloaded the code to look at it, then you really need to immediately.

The software has been through several iterations over the years and demonstrates some of the most efficient coding practices around. Even though the site includes a professional edition for purchase, there is a community edition which is free to download and very much worth registering free with the site to access.

3. 4GuysFromRolla

8 Websites Every Microsoft .NET Developer Should Know About 4guysfromrolla

If you are a web developer, which let’s face it, most .NET developers are, then this is a must visit site. It includes articles that cover everything you need to know about ASP.NET and even includes a lot of information for ASP developers (because, believe it or not, there are still developers out there using ASP).


Over the years, I have had numerous problems resolved by looking at posts on their forum or learned how to incorporate some slick new feature using one of the frequently posted articles.

4. DevSource

8 Websites Every Microsoft .NET Developer Should Know About devsource2

As you can see from the image, this online development magazine is sponsored by Microsoft, but don’t hold that against them.  I strongly suggest subscribing to their free weekly newsletter, since it will keep you up to date on all the latest rumblings coming out of Microsoft.

You also should check out the DevLife column, which includes regular posts by the experienced and very down to earth, Julia Lerman.


5. DevX

Another online development magazine, this one is not solely focused on Microsoft technologies and tends to profile some really interesting and niche technologies.

I have personally written several articles for them since they are one of the only web sites that wants articles about robotics and speech technologies. Their near daily stream of articles cover everything from traditional .NET development to VB classic (yeah, because there are still some people doing that still).

6. MSDN Magazine

8 Websites Every Microsoft .NET Developer Should Know About msdnmagazine

MSDN Magazine is for the development world what the Nature Journal is for scientists. It includes standards that every developer should be following. They are VERY strict on what content gets into this journal. An article in MSDN magazine is typically much longer and more in depth than articles in any of the online resources I have previously mentioned. But you can feel assured that the articles were scoured and well picked though before making it to print.


7. Channel9

8 Websites Every Microsoft .NET Developer Should Know About channel9

This Microsoft resource is a must see for anyone that loves to watch videos about really cool technologies. The Channel 9 team goes around the Microsoft campus interviewing various teams and often offers a sneak peek of up and coming software and technology.

In addition to interviewing the folks at Microsoft, Channel 9 also talks to industry gurus outside of Microsoft.

8. ScottGu’s Blog

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Scott Guthrie is the Corporate Vice President for the Developer Division at Microsoft and his regularly updated blog often features announcements not seen any where else.

Scott covers everything from .NET base class libraries to Silverlight. If you want to impress your developer friends with your seemingly inside track to Microsoft, this is the site to visit.

If you are a .NET developer and you know of some really helpful sites, drop us a note and let us know about them. There are tons of resources out there for .NET developers. These are just a few of my all time favorites, so we would love to hear of others that you like.

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  1. Rob
    September 26, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    There are no clickable links for items 3 and 4 on your list.

  2. asa
    January 20, 2016 at 9:29 am


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  4. ParmaLinks
    March 18, 2015 at 9:03 am

    good Article, this is useful.

  5. Sam
    May 22, 2009 at 5:41 am

    If you are facing any issue in ASP.Net C# SQL , try free solutions from . It may help you !!
    Few days back, it helped me.

  6. John
    March 27, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Two that definitely should have made the list:
    1) DotNetKicks - a Digg-like site that aggregates .Net related blog posts. The best thing about it is the ability to set up rss feeds for a particular tag.
    2) - A search engine which uses Google search that targets only the best .Net sites.
    3) ASP.Net (somebody else said this already) - which contains dozens of tutorials and videos.

    An honorable mention would go to

  7. oj
    March 27, 2009 at 9:23 am

    I learn a lot from that site. And there are forums where your questions actually get answered (most of the time).

    I think it's sponsored by Microsoft....

  8. gregfox
    March 27, 2009 at 2:38 am

    I think you miss ASP.NET i learn a lot of from this site...

  9. Andrew Burns
    March 27, 2009 at 12:37 am

    I have always found Rick Strahl's site [] to be a very interesting read.

  10. Logan Black
    March 27, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Go the CodeProject! Chris is the king!

    And yeah, Stackoverflow is a good one.

    All hail CP!

  11. Golemata Shtanga
    March 20, 2009 at 8:59 am

    There are many other useful sites, for example: and

  12. Wordly Headlines
    March 20, 2009 at 6:12 am

    4guysfromrolla and channel9 are exceptional, they have nuggets of info that you won't find anywhere else for

  13. Ola
    March 20, 2009 at 5:26 am

    Hi Guys!

    You missed which is the best Q&A site. It's for programming in general but most of the users is .net so far.

    Thanks for a great blog!

    • Sara Morgan Grand
      March 20, 2009 at 7:02 am

      Hi Ola,

      Thanks for letting us know about I did not know about that one. It looks great. :-)