Is .NET knowledge basically useless if you're looking for a developer job not writing business applications?

I am fluent in C# and VB/VB.NET and can probably write any application for windows to accomplish a certain task. I'm getting the hint that this means nothing though, and the languages I know are more like "fake" programming. Am I basically right in assuming this knowledge is useless, insofar as I will get laughed at if I apply for jobs in the hardware industry (device drivers, firmware), academia (mathematical applications) or game industries (3d graphics, A.I.)?

Asked By: nickelRev - 9/14/2008
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.NET programs require appropriate .NET software to be installed on the machine that runs it. This is because programs written in .NET languages are not compiled into native machine code. They are compiled into a form of bytecode and run through the CLR, which is basically the virtual machine component of the .NET... More
Answered By: Me M - 9/14/2008
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Basically yes. Certainly with VB it won't be considered a serious language. C# isn't so bad but it just isn't used for low level programming or performance applications. It's tied to the .Net framework that's a big dependency.
Answered By: OracleDave - 9/14/2008
since you are Fluent the dot net stuff why don't you move on to something a little lower level? but you already know the answer don't you...of course you are not probably going to write device drivers in .net. But I have been reading about embedded .net for micro-controller applications More
Answered By: Brad - 9/14/2008
The others before me are right : learn C/C++ with lower level details . However, don't overestimate yourself ; what u learned is not 'fake' programming , as it was investment and paved the way for you into the programming concepts important for developers and gave you enough ideas for start up and going on in other... More
Answered By: dfdf - 9/15/2008
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