ASP.NET is Microsoft’s Web development technology, based on their .NET framework. It succeeds ASP (Active Server Pages).
Some of the advantages of working in ASP.NET include:
- Libraries of Graphical Components: ASP.NET includes an excellent collection of graphical components (called “controls”) that can easily be used to build compelling interfaces.
- Windows API: ASP.NET makes use of the Windows API. This lets ASP.NET programs interact extensively with Windows and its applications. For example, a program written in ASP.NET can include an embedded instance of Microsoft Excel.
ASP.NET is a good choice for programs that need to include specific Windows functionality. (This does not necessarily include just any program running on a Windows server.)
The graphical components in ASP.NET do have equivalents in open-source, non-Windows-based packages. Yet some interfaces, such as dashboards, continue to be easier to develop in ASP.NET.