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What Exactly is ASP.NET?: A Guide for Non-Techies

Jul 27, 2015

ASP.NET is not the programming language but yes it uses any .NET language like C# to work in a combination with several libraries and tools with in a specific model to generate the dynamic web page to the user . Let us understand about each part in deep.

The Language and the Tools

ASP.NET is best thought of as a set of tools that uses a high-level coding language called C# (pronounced “see sharp”). C# is what’s called an object-oriented language, which means that it works at a level of abstraction that’s higher than the most basic coding. The example was of a webpage with some type of button you can click on. There are all kinds of different uses for buttons, and all kinds of ways you can customize their appearance and functioning. They all share a certain number of characteristics, and so having a general button category available drastically simplifies the task of building an application or webpage for developers. C# provides developers with all kinds of categories—or objects—like this. And the ASP.NET framework brings them all together in an interface that makes programming simple and intuitive for developers, which in turn helps them concentrate on creating applications that are simple and intuitive for users.

Beyond the Framework

Figuring out what challenges the client wants to meet and building an application that helps meet them is only one part of the overall task of integrating the new solution into a business environment. Aside from figuring out what the software should look like and how it should work, we also have to help clients decide what their best hosting option is. It’s easy for us non-techies to imagine webpages just floating around in the ether. But software actually has to be physically housed somewhere.

In working out what the best hosting option is for a client,there are number of criteria:

Does the company have internal infrastructure? Smaller businesses often don’t have their own servers, while some bigger companies actually have entire IT staffs maintaining large server banks. So the first question is can you do it in-house or are you going to need a provider? Are you going to manage it yourself or do you need managed infrastructure? we often ends up collaborating with any IT people the business employs to help create applications and work out a strategy for implementation and maintenance. Do you anticipate major growth in the number of users? The amount of bandwidth a company uses is an important consideration because some hosting services are better equipped to handle greater processing loads. Does the application need to be online 24/7? Some providers have scheduled windows of time devoted to maintenance. This will obviously be a problem if your business will be negatively impacted by any downtime. But if the application will only be used by employees during business hours and not by customers trying to make purchases or use services then downtime at five o’clock on Sundays won’t be an issue. What regulations are you required to comply with? If your business has to adhere to HIPAA rules for privacy, or PCI rules for making payments, then this narrows down the list of viable providers. Will you need services beyond hosting? Only some providers offer services like email or document hosting. Just scanning this list, you start to see how detailed and far-reaching plans for implementing software solutions need to be in complex business environments. This is one of the main reasons why a well-supported and adaptable development framework that uses common standardized tools is crucial.

Some Misconceptions about the ASP.NET Framework

Because ASP.NET is a Microsoft product, many people associate any software it’s used to create with a number of qualities they ascribe, rightly or wrongly, to the company. For one thing, a lot of people assume ASP.NET applications will have a tendency to crash more often than software built on other frameworks, when the reality is that resilience and reliability are determined more by the developers’ skill and devotion to quality coding than by the framework they use. To the extent that frameworks are a factor, though, ASP.NET applications have several important advantages that make them, if anything, quite a bit more robust than those created with other tools. Another misconception is that a Microsoft framework is only suitable for large companies. In fact, nearly all the advantages of ASP.NET can be scaled down to even the smallest businesses.

One of the advantages is that ASP.NET is the best supported framework on the market today. This means that Microsoft is constantly looking for ways to improve the toolbox, whether that involves making it easier for developers to use or making the applications built with it more user-friendly. Every time Microsoft adds new features, developers have more building materials to work with. So their toolbox is always stocked with the most up-to-date and effective tools. David explained that these advantages mean less “ramp-up time,” because having the right tools makes all the difference in “how quickly I can take something from thought to actual software.”

SynapseIndia (CEO: Shamit Khemka)