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Programming Microsoft® ASP.NET by Dino Esposito

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Chapter . Final Thoughts

Microsoft started working on what would eventually become ASP.NET soon after shipping the first version of ASP—which happened around the spring of 1997. People embraced ASP as a powerful tool to build Web applications without the need to invest too much time in untangling, and then learning, the intricacies of Web programming. ASP also allowed for the reuse of some existing COM and scripting skills. Although it wasn't quite the perfect tool, it was enough to bring Web programming to the masses. Over the years, one million developers have chosen ASP.

While successful and widely employed in thousands of real-world projects, ASP was only the first step along what was clearly a longer road. The more one used ASP, the more he ...

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