Chapter 16. ASP.NET: A Better ASP

As noted in Chapter 1, the dominant application model in use today is a multitiered application with a Web-based interface. This model enjoys widespread acceptance in both the Microsoft .NET and Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) camps. Any framework that provides a foundation for such development must offer good support for developers of the Web-facing parts of the application. At the very least, it must provide abstractions of the low-level interaction between a client and a Web server.

Server-side Web components such as Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP) running under Microsoft Windows and Java servlets in J2EE provide life-cycle management and object-based interfaces for interacting with the underlying HTTP ...

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