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Unleashing The Powerful ASP.Net.

Unleashing The Powerful ASP.Net.

Monday June 4, 2002
Company Press Release

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (June, 2002) – Webserver.com.my is pleased to announce the addition of ASP.net to its Active Server Pages supported features.

Active Server Pages, commonly referred to as ASP, is Microsoft’s solution to server-side scripting. With simple HTML pages, the client (a web surfer) requests a web page from a server (some www.domain.com). The server just sends the file to the client, and the page is shown on the client’s browser. With Active Server Pages, the server gets a chance to alter the file before sending it to the user. So, for every request for a file with a .ASP extension, the server runs the file through a DLL called ASP.DLL, which parses the ASP commands.

ASP.NET is the next generation of Active Server Pages. It’s Microsoft’s flagship technology for building dynamic, database-driven Web sites. ASP.NET is a dramatic improvement over earlier versions of Active Server Pages. Unlike ASP Classic, ASP.NET uses full compiled programming languages such as Visual Basic, Visual C++, and C#.

ASP.NET is more than the next version of Active Server Pages (ASP); it is a unified Web development platform that provides the services necessary for developers to build enterprise-class Web applications. While ASP.NET is largely syntax compatible with ASP, it also provides a new programming model and infrastructure for more secure, scalable, and stable applications. You can feel free to augment your existing ASP applications by incrementally adding ASP.NET functionality to them.

ASP.NET is a compiled, .NET-based environment; you can author applications in any .NET compatible language, including Visual Basic .NET, C#, and JScript .NET. Additionally, the entire .NET Framework is available to any ASP.NET application. Developers can easily access the benefits of these technologies, which include the managed common language runtime environment, type safety, inheritance, and so on.

ASP.NET has been designed to work seamlessly with WYSIWYG HTML editors and other programming tools, including Microsoft Visual Studio .NET. Not only does this make Web development easier, but it also provides all the benefits that these tools have to offer, including a GUI that developers can use to drop server controls onto a Web page and fully integrated debugging support.

Developers can choose from the following two features when creating an ASP.NET application, Web Forms and Web services, or combine these in any way they see fit.

  • Web Forms allows you to build powerful forms-based Web pages.
  • An XML Web service provides the means to access server functionality remotely. Using Web services, businesses can expose programmatic interfaces to their data or business logic, which in turn can be obtained and manipulated by client and server applications.

Each of these models can take full advantage of all ASP.NET features, as well as the power of the .NET Framework and .NET Framework common language runtime. These features and how you can use them are outlined as follows:

  • If you have ASP development skills, the new ASP.NET programming model will seem very familiar to you. However, the ASP.NET object model has changed significantly from ASP, making it more structured and object-oriented. Unfortunately this means that ASP.NET is not fully backward compatible; almost all existing ASP pages will have to be modified to some extent in order to run under ASP.NET.
  • Accessing databases from ASP.NET applications is an often-used technique for displaying data to Web site visitors. ASP.NET makes it easier than ever to access databases for this purpose. It also allows you to manage the database from your code.
  • ASP.NET provides a simple model that enables top Web developers to write logic that runs at the application level. Developers can write this code in the global.asax text file or in a compiled class deployed as an assembly. This logic can include application-level events, but developers can easily extend this model to suit the needs of their Web application.
  • Writing custom debug statements to your Web page can help immensely in troubleshooting your application’s code. However, it can cause embarrassment if it is not removed. The problem is that removing the debug statements from your pages when your application is ready to be ported to a production server can require significant effort. ASP.NET offers the Trace Context class, which allows you to write custom debug statements to your pages as you develop them.
  • ASP.NET configuration settings are stored in XML-based files, which are human readable and writable. Each of your applications can have a distinct configuration file and you can extend the configuration scheme to suit your requirements.

You can have your ASP code connect to a database (SQL, Access, Oracle, Informix, or any ODBC-compliant database) and dynamically insert the data into your HTML pages. This leads to some very powerful possibilities including E-Commerce, customizable sites, data entering / retrieving systems run over the Internet, and some of the other above mentioned possibilities.

Hosting your ASP.net (.aspX) pages is now available at WebServer for only RM99 monthly. This Premium Hosting Plan will allow you to have unlimited pop3 email accounts up to 150MB of combined space.

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