Chapter 1. ASP.NET Web Forms Today

Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time. The wait is simply too long.

Leonard Bernstein

In its early years, the Web pushed an unusual programming model and a set of programming tools and languages that were unknown or unfamiliar to the majority of programmers. Anybody who tried to build even a trivial Web site in the 1990s had to come to grips with the HTML syntax and at least the simplest JavaScript commands and objects. That required developing a brand new skill set, which forced people to neglect other, perhaps more productive, activities.

The code and user interface of Web pages—sometimes referred to as the markup mix—had to be written manually ...

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