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Programming Microsoft® ASP.NET MVC by Dino Esposito

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Chapter 2. The Runtime Environment

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Isaac Asimov

From the developer's perspective, ASP.NET Web Forms and ASP.NET MVC look like two different and largely incompatible frameworks. Under the hood, though, they have a lot in common. In particular, both frameworks are built on top of the same runtime environment—the standard ASP.NET runtime environment.

Generally speaking, the runtime environment is the collection of components that, hosted within the Web server, contribute to processing an incoming HTTP request to some response for the client browser. This runtime machinery is the same for both ASP.NET Web Forms and ASP.NET ...

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