Developed by Microsoft, ASP.NET offers developers the ultimate, crucial scripting tool for creating web pages & applications. Over the years, ASP.NET has evolved to be the most-sought after scripting tool for developers.
Though PHP has been its biggest competitor in the web development landscape, ASP.NET has effectively secured & maintained its place among the available development frameworks owing to its wide set of features. Have a look at the typical ASP.NET page lifecycle below that shows different events in logical order.
Besides considering the wide set of advantages that ASP.NET web application development brings along, you must also know the areas where this scripting language lacks behind others. Let’s take an in-depth look into both sides of ASP.NET.
A Look at the Brighter Side of ASP.NET…
Scalability & Performance – ASP.NET is highly scalable; its scalability index even posing a stiff competition to its rival PHP. Some of the greatest websites (such as MySpace) have been built in this language. However, it should be understood that the developer should be aware of the ways to scale the application. Microsoft SQL server (MSSQL) is the database used with ASP.NET, that brings out a steady, measurable performance out of the built web solution.
Vast Developer Support– ASP.NET enthusiasts run several developer boards, thus making ASP.NET web development related problem identification & rectification a gentle task most of the times. However, the brightness of the collective efforts and systematic presentation of data by ASP.NET enthusiasts seems to fade a bit when compared to the vast developer community of the open-source PHP.
Simplified Model – It allows for having multiple versions of a page displaying the same data but featuring a slight different format. Thus, its makes it possible to have the information available on a site viewable in different formats in a desktop browser, mobile browser or RSS reader.
Don’t Neglect ASP.NET’s Darker Side…
Associated Costs – Being a Microsoft Product, ASP.NET comes with a price tag. As ASP.NET web app development is possible on a Windows machine only, you need to buy Windows. Also, it requires Visual Studio as the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that comes for a price. Definitely, initially, the expenses may not be that much; however, for upgrading to professional level, you may have to shell out more money.
Learning & Usability– ASP.NET is written in C#, pronounced as C Sharp. At the beginner level, understanding C# may be similar to running down a slippery road. It has a difficult syntax that may bring out complications for even the most experienced programmers engaged in ASP.NET web development. Additionally, the usability & ease of deployment aspect of ASP.NET faces a setback due to the complexity of Microsoft server.
Time Consumption – As large chunk of codes are required to get the desired complex features & functionality, ASP.NET web app development requires a considerable amount of time. Also, each time you modify a code, ASP.NET will have to be compiled, thus increasing the development time.