Powerful Internet Solutions
Web Design, Hosting, Marketing

ASP.Net has many advantages over other programming languages - both for the programmers and for the end users. Below is a list of some of the advantages.

Powerful database-driven functionality

Like ASP (Microsoft's language preceding ASP.Net), ASP.Net allows programmers to develop web applications that interface with a database. The advantage of ASP.Net is that it is object-oriented and has many programming tools that allow for faster development and more functionality.

Faster web applications

Two aspects of ASP.Net make it fast - compiled code and caching. In the past, the code was interpreted into "machine language" when your website visitor viewed your page. Now, with ASP.Net the code is compiled into "machine language" before your visitor ever comes to your site.

Caching is the storage of information that will be reused in a memory location for faster access in the future. ASP.Net allows programmers to set up pages or areas of pages that are commonly reused to be cached for a set period of time to improve the performance of web applications. In addition, ASP.Net allows the caching of data from a database so your website isn't slowed down by frequent visits to a database when the data doesn't change very often.

ASP.Net was tested and found to be over 10 times faster for the average user than Java's J2EE technology. While there have been some debates about the methods of the testing it is interesting to note that this has been validated by 3rd parties.

Memory leak and crash protection

ASP.Net automatically recovers from memory leaks and errors to make sure that your website is always available to your visitors.

Multiple language support

Programmers can actually write their code in more than 25 .Net languages (including VB.Net, C#, and JScript.Net). This allows programmers to develop your site in the language they know best and it means that you can more easily find programmers to support the work on your site.

.NET Compatible

.NET compatibility feature of ASP.NET provides applications to use the features provides by .NET. Some of these features are multi-language support, compiled code, automatic memory management, and .NET base class library.

You have choice to select a programming language. You can write Web applications using any .NET supported language, including C#, VB.NET, JScript.NET and VBScript.NET.

All ASP.NET code is compiled, rather than interpreted, which allows early binding, strong typing, and just-in-time (JIT) compilation to native code, automatic memory management, and caching.

The .NET base class library (BCL) porvides hundreds of useful classes. This library can be accessed from any .NET supported language. 

Web Forms and Rapid Development

Web Forms allows you to build rapid Web GUI applications. Web Forms provides you web pages and server side controls. You can use web forms and server side controls in VS.NET similar to you write Windows applications. VS.NET provides Windows application similar drag and drop features, which allows you to drag server side controls on a page and set conrol properties and write event handers by using wizard property page. The VS.NET framework writes code for you under the hood and your application is ready in no time. In most of the cases, you don’t even need to know what wizards write for you under the hood.

Native XML Support and XML Web Services

XML is a vital part of entire .NET framework. .NET uses XML to store and transfer data among applications. The .NET base class library provides high-level programming model classes, which can be used to work with XML.

An XML Web service provides the means to access server functionality remotely. Web services use SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) to provide access to clients.Web services can be used to build different layers of distributed applications and you can use different layers remotely.

Databases and ADO.NET

ADO.NET is a new version of ADO (ActiveX Data Objects). Event though ADO.NET sounds like ADO, but it is a complete redesigned database access technology. ADO.NET allows you to access different kinds of databases using only one programming model. You must be familiar with DAO, ADO, ODBC, RDO and other database access technologies previous to ADO.NET. Each of these technologies had its owns pros and cons. ADO.NET combines features of all of these technogies and provides a single higher level programming model and hides all details for you. It makes your job much simpler and provides a way to write rapid development. See ADO.NET section of C# Corner for ADO.NET source code samples and tutorials.

Graphics and GDI+

GDI+ is an imporved version of GDI (Graphics Device Interface) to write Windows and Web graphics applications. The .NET base class library provides GDI classes to write graphics applications. Using these classes not only you can write Windows applications, but you can also write Web graphics applications. See GDI+ section of C# Corner for sample applications and tutorials of GDI+.

Caching and State Management

One of the most important factors in building high-performance, scalable Web applications is the ability to store items, whether data objects, pages, or parts of a page, in memory the initial time they are requested. You can store these objects on the server or on the client machine. Storing data on a server or a client is called caching.

ASP.NET provides two types of caching – page caching and request caching. You use request caching to improve code efficiency and to share common data across the pages and you use use page caching to provide fast access to the Web applications from clients.

ASP.NET provides easy-to-use applicationp-state and session-state management, which allows managing states of Web applications. ASP.NET also provides cookieless state management means you don’t need to use cookiest to for state storage.

Enhanced Security

ASP.NET provide you to authenticate and authorize users for your applications. You can easily remove, add to, or replace these schemes, depending upon the needs of your application.

Moblie Device Development

New addition to ASP.NET, Mobile SDK allows you to write Web application that run on Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) and Wireless Markup Language (WML) and HDML compliant devices. You can download Mobile SDK from from the following link: Here are many source code samples and tutorials on how to develop Mobile applications using Mobile .NET.

Messaging and Directory Services

ASP.NET uses the Messaging services class library, which is a high-level programming wrapper for MSMQ messaging services.

The .NET base class library also contains class wrappers for Acrive Directory that enables you to access Active Directory Services Interface (ADSI), Leightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), and other directory services through ASP.NET applications.

Migration from ASP to ASP.NET

Even though ASP.NET syntaxes are similar to ASP, but ASP.NET is a new designed model and more object oriented. ASP pages won’t work without modifying it. The only advantages ASP developers will have is familiar code syntaxes.