March 24, 2016 Leave a comment
ASP.NET & “Classic ASP”
ASP.NET WebForms was introduced commercially by Microsoft as a part of the .NET development environment in 2001. Up until around 2010 it was the dominant web development environment in the Information Technology industry.
It was designed to replace what is now called “Classic ASP” in order to make web development easier to accomplish and learn. And that it did do very successfully. Since 2010 however, a movement spurred on by the Open Source Community has primarily turned the clock back to the days of “Classic ASP”, which was unfairly maligned by ASP.NET promoters both from Microsoft and the development community. The same has happened to ASP.NET WebForms by similar promoters from the Open Source Community and the younger professionals, many who have never learned the capabilities of ASP.NET WebForms but have instead concentrated on the newer web technologies, which in reality are not all that new.
“Classic ASP” was at one time the best web development environment available to professional developers. The emerging Java web development standards of the day, due to their inherent complexity could never compete with the development efficiency which a “Classic ASP” application could be built.
No doubt, “Classic ASP” had its disadvantages that were eventually promoted to allow it to be replaced by ASP.NET WebForms but in it’s day nothing could match it’s dominant ease-of-use construct.