Since its release in early 2002, Microsoft’s ASP.NET platform has gone from strength to strength. Despite its strong uptake from Microsoft-centric software houses, there may be a few people who have hesitated in adopting ASP.NET for their web development platform. Here I present some things you might not know about ASP.NET. Perhaps it’ll encourage you to take a look at it.
There once was a time when the standard IDE for developing ASP.NET apps, Visual Studio, was prohibitively expensive for the average Joe. In late 2007, Microsoft released its first versions of ‘Express’ software, aimed at students and hobbyists. Though Express incarnations have fewer features than their full version cousins, they do offer the possibility of exploring ASP.NET. The Microsoft website offers a download page for Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition. An express version of SQL Server is also available, and can be downloaded from the SQL Server 2008 download page.
A big advantage for anybody learning a new technology is the wealth of learning material that is available. Although you can rely on a large number of books, the ASP.NET learn website contains many videos on both traditional and MVC ASP.NET as well as data access.
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Microsoft’s ubiquity means that learning ASP.NET and supporting technologies will do no harm to your career prospects. .NET skills are ranked as some of the most in-demand in the UK.