Log in to like this post! Tune In to the .NET Rocks Podcast DevToolsGuy / Friday, September 27, 2013 Microsoft's .NET platform is an important aspect of the Windows operating system, providing key functionality for common applications that run on the OS. According to Microsoft, .NET offers developers a steady programming model for creating highly visual user experiences and secure communication-based apps. Those looking to learn more about .NET should consider listening to the weekly .NET Rocks podcast, hosted by Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell. The shows are geared toward both seasoned developers and those without extensive development backgrounds, and the podcast can be downloaded and listened to on portable media players. Some of the previous podcasts include shows focused on topics such as Silverlight, Windows 8, cloud computing, automation deployment, big data and TypeScript, among many others. Upcoming podcasts include Instrumenting Production with Bob Uva, the show's 900th episode, Using Azure Blob Storage for Continuous Delivery with Guy Starbuck, NodeBots, ‘RobotsConf’ with Chris Williams, and Wireframing UIs the Right Way with Russ Unger. Channeling that Knowledge into Creativity After listening to the podcast enough, chances are you‘re going to want to channel all that knowledge into doing something awesome. Developers interested in creating .NET applications should consider solutions such as Infragistics' .NET Controls Suite, all of which is available for a free 30 day trial. These options allow users to create apps for any .NET platform, as well as hybrid-based HTML5 apps. With these tools, devs can produce highly visual apps that include grids and charts to support their businesses. These solutions also support the latest Windows operating system, which has become quite touch-based. Today, more employees are using smartphones and tablets to access work-related content anywhere, regardless of physical location, through the Internet. .NET controls allow developers to create touch-based apps for the Windows platform without having extensive programming backgrounds or investing in complex tools. For more details on the .NET platform and other trends throughout the programming world, tune in to the .NET Rocks podcast.