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Introduction to ASP.NET

In 2001, Microsoft created a buzz in not only the web development world but in the Windows development world when it introduced the .NET initiative (covered with more detail in the next section). The initiative's aim was simple: develop a line of products, platforms, and services that are interoperable for the developer and easy to use and integrate to the ordinary user. Flanked by platforms such as the .NET Framework, products such as Visual Studio .NET, MSN, Office, and more, and web services built directly into MSN such as Passport, .NET has risen as an initiative worthy of its hype.

Make no mistake about it—ASP.NET isn't just a set of upgrades to traditional ASP. Built into the .NET Framework (covered next), ASP.NET represents Microsoft's next generation server-side technology and represents a complete reinvention for its predecessor. ASP.NET supports compiled code written in C++, C#, Visual Basic .NET, and Jscript .NET. Even better, ASP.NET allows separation of code from HTML formatting (called code behind). Because the language can be compiled, it can run faster than interpreted counterparts such as ASP and PHP.


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