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What is Microsoft’s ASP.NET Framework?

In the dawning age of the internet, almost all webpages were completely static and required individual, manual modification. Thankfully we have come a long way since then, and in large part due to the developments achieved by Microsoft’s .NET framework. Active Server Pages (ASP) was made as an add-on server-side script to IIS, allowing for more dynamically generated webpages. In 2002, it was superseded by the introduction of ASP.NET: a development framework from within which dynamic and enriched webpages, web applications and web technologies could be easily created. Open-source and more popular than a number of Java-based options, ASP.NET has been used since its launch to build some of the world’s most popular sites.

Key Benefits of Using ASP.NET as Opposed to Other Development Models

ASP.NET is a tool used by a wide variety of online professionals, such as programmers and developers. The framework is particularly useful for building corporate websites and CRM and CMS solutions. With various options for hosting on Windows servers out there, it’s easy to take advantage of the most up-to-date versions of ASP.NET for your professional needs. But what are the key benefits to using this framework as opposed to other development models? We’ve summed up the key points for you here:

  • Built using Common Language Runtime (CLR), it supports any .NET language within its framework. This means pages can be coded in VB, C#, J#, Delphi and more. On account of this language independence, ASP.NET lets you choose the code language best suited to your web application, or indeed lets you use multiple different ones within the same application.
  • ASP.NET is built using the Visual Studio: a rich and integrated development environment. Visual Studio offers a powerful range of tools, with features such as Windows Holographic at your disposal.
  • The framework offers built-in Windows authentication and configuration with each use. On account of its frequent updating by Microsoft, ASP.NET has one of the highest levels of security and reliability.
  • It markedly reduces the number of lines of code that are usually required in order to build large, complex applications. This has a dual outcome: not only is the development process sped up, but it can reduce project overheads.
  • ASP.NET uses just-in-time (JIT) compilation, native optimization and two types of caching to create fast and high-performing websites. Output caching and application data caching work to store objects in the server memory, which saves time and resources with quick access.
  • Because ASP.NET is solely server-side technology, the code is performed on the server in advance of being sent to the web browser. The benefits of this include a reduced load on a user’s computer with no need for plugins, as well as a more dynamic and instant approach to page creation. Furthermore, website owners can create and edit their own applications without having to interact with code.
  • Your code and HTML markup appear on the same line together making ASP.NET webpages fast, light and easier to write and oversee.

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