Why Many Developers Hate ASP.NET and Why They’re Wrong

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12/7/2011 3:10:11 PM

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Few platforms draw the same amount of ire as ASP.NET (or .NET in general) from the development community. While there are certainly valid criticisms of the platform (what platform doesn't?), the majority of negativity comes from those who haven't spent any time with .NET. Those developers typically rely on misconceptions or flat out hatred to base their opinion, and they do a disservice to others looking to learn a new technology and to the platform itself. So, let's examine these excuses and add a dose of reality on why you shouldn't listen to the rabble and give ASP.NET a try.


5 comments

dpeterson
12/7/2011 4:25:58 PM
Great article.
For me, my original distrust of ASP.NET was due to my preconceived notions about classic ASP. It gave me the same dirty feeling I felt every time I looked into the source of a kludgy PHP site. I've since found that ASP.NET driven sites can be very well written, and the advent of ASP.NET MVC makes things even better.

vijayst
12/7/2011 7:59:09 PM
Good article. I have used ASP.NET in my projects and I have felt very comfortable using it.

vincentw56
12/7/2011 9:56:57 PM
Very good article. I have used ASP.NET since version 1.0. Never knew there where these asinine misconceptions.

dpeterson
12/7/2011 10:07:39 PM
Unfortunately these kinds of misconceptions aren't limited to ASP.NET. All the time in our profession you hear phrases like "x is slow" or "x doesn't scale, use y", and whether those assertions are correct or not they spread like wildfire.

Noldorin
12/10/2011 5:03:03 PM
I agree with this. And indeed, classic ASP gave me that feeling too... but ASP.ENT 4.0 is so very different from classic ASP that I see few reasons to relate the two.