What Is C# Used For? Pretty Much Everything!

Claudio Bernasconi
Claudio Bernasconi
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C# is a simple, general-purpose, and fundamentally object-oriented programming language for the .NET platform. It follows clear standards, utilizes strong typing, and manages memory using garbage collection.

That’s not the only benefit though. The .NET platform is incredibly secure, provides a great runtime performance, while the C# compiler, (combined with Visual Studio or JetBrains Rider), provides a great developer experience.

It's a veritable buffet of benefits!

And because modern .NET is cross-platform, it means you can use C# to develop applications running on different operating systems and different kinds of devices, including Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, as well as client and server applications.

Common examples are:

  • Desktop Applications
  • Web Applications
  • Cloud APIs and Integrations
  • Enterprise Cross-Platform Applications
  • Mobile Development
  • Game Development
  • Task Automation, and more!

In this article, we’ll take a deeper into each of these areas, along with some additional benefits, examples, and reasons why C# works so well in each area.

So let’s dive in!

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Anyways, with that out of the way, let’s get into the guide and see why C# is so awesome at some many things!

C# use case 1: Cross-platform Desktop Applications

One of their biggest strengths of C# for desktop applications is cross-platform support.

This means you're not limited to running your applications on Windows - they also work on macOS and Linux.

c sharp is cross platform

The .NET platform provides Windows Forms and WPF as established Windows desktop development frameworks, while AvaloniaUI and Platform Uno also provide a more modern and future-proof option.


C# use case 2: Web Applications

C# works great for web applications, and has a heap of options to help you build.

In fact, ASP.NET Core is incredibly flexible, allowing you to use the approach that fits your programming style and your web application's requirements best.

Want to build an app?

A lot of popular apps are built using C#, such as:

  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Skype
  • Microsoft Teams
  • AutoCAD
  • GitHub Desktop
  • Paint 3D
  • Paint.NET
  • JetBrains Rider

Want to build a single page app?

The ASP.NET Core Web Framework is built on .NET, which allows for building rich UI web applications such as single-page applications.

As well as ASP.NET Core MVC and Razor Pages, you also have Blazor which allows you to build modern single-page applications using a component-driven programming model.


In fact, with .NET 8, Blazor allows you to decide the rendering mode on a component level!

This means that you can have a fast initial download of your website or web application, as well as rich interactivity for specific components using a web socket connection and server-side rendering (Blazor Server) or client-side rendering using web assembly (Blazor + WebAssembly).

Zoom zoom!

Want to build a backend?

If all you want to build is a backend, you can easily use a REST API with ASP.NET Core WebAPI, as it supports authentication, provides various security tools, and has fast performance.

C# use case 3: Cloud APIs and Integrations

If you want to quickly integrate a service with your application, Azure Function or AWS Lambda are great cloud-native services you can develop using C#.

aws lambda

And the best part?

You don't even need to create and host a whole application! Instead, you only write the business code that transforms your data or calls the remote API you consume.

cloud integrations

C# use case 4: Enterprise Cross-Platform Applications

Enterprise-grade software requires complex architecture and multiple integration with other services, APIs, or UI components.

Good news for us, is that the .NET ecosystem provides more than 300,000 Nuget packages containing reusable building blocks for your application.


All these C# class libraries make sharing code between internal and external applications so easy. Once compiled, it can be integrated into all of your .NET applications.

Add in the fact that robust IDEs like Visual Studio and JetBrains Rider that work with C#, also provide tools to build scalable and long-term maintainable enterprise-grade applications, and you have a win:win situation for C# + Enterprise.

C# use case 5: Mobile Development

Xamarin Forms and .NET MAUI are Microsoft-developed mobile development technologies that allow the use of C# to implement mobile applications for Android and iOS.

xamarin forms

These (and other 3rd party frameworks that we mentioned earlier) allow you to cross-compile C# code to native mobile applications with ease.

The most important benefits of using C# to build mobile applications though? You also get to work in a large open-source ecosystem, and the component-driven UI frameworks allow for simple user interface development.

C# use case 6: Game Development

Ignoring the whole debacle with the recent payment issues, Unity is still one of the most popular game engines for game development, and is written entirely in C#.

This means that if you ever want to change careers and build the next Stardew Valley, then you can use your C# programming knowledge to implement 2D and 3D games on a powerful modern game engine.

stardew valley

Fun fact: Stardew Valley was built as a side project by a single developer, and has grossed over $131.8 Million dollars on the Steam store alone!

Another added bonus for game devs using C#, is that you can reuse C# code developed for other projects, and you get strong typing, helping you prevent bugs. This means less effort and mistakes!

Finally, just like the other program categories on this list, you also have multiple options for game development. Besides Unity, you can also use C# to develop games based on the Godot game engine.

C# use case 7: Task automation

Got a repetitive task and want to save time on it, such as formatting a spreadsheet for a report?

automate tasks

Well, good news! C# is also able to to create automation tools and scripts for various purposes, including system administration, data processing, and testing.

C# console applications give you access to its vast ecosystem and powerful typing system, allowing you to build fast and maintainable task automation, saving you time, money, and sanity!

What will you build first with C#?

As you can see, C# allows you to build pretty much whatever type of application you need or want! This means you can learn a single language, and have access to building all of those different kinds of applications.

The trick is just learning and then deciding what to build!

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