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Programming Microsoft® ASP.NET 2.0 Core Reference, 2nd Edition by Dino Esposito

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Introduction

The beginning of Web development dates back ten years. Since then, numerous technologies have crossed our lives at different speeds, leaving a variety of memories. We had meteors like ActiveX Documents and vivid stars like Active Server Pages (ASP). ASP in particular, I believe, marked the watershed; it was introduced around 1997. ASP made it clear that real-world Web development was possible only through a rich and powerful server-side programming model.

Just as Microsoft Visual Basic did for Microsoft Windows development, ASP provided a set of server tools to build dynamic applications quickly and effectively and showed the way ahead. ASP.NET is the culmination of Web development technologies that have rapidly followed one another ...

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