What is ASP.NET? (Active Server Pages)

July 16, 2007 / Web Hosting


< ASP means Active Server Page. ASP was created by Microsoft. It allows web pages to include dynamic content, often pulled from a database. ASP can be used to create e-commerce sites and database-driven sites in which the user can search through a database that resides on the server.

What is ASP.NET?

ASP.NET is the latest incarnation of Microsoft’s middleware for the Internet.ASP.NET is built upon the .NET Framework. The .NET Framework has two main components: the common language runtime (CLR) and the .NET Framework class library.

The CLR is the foundation of the .NET Framework. It works as an agent that manages code at execution time for both Windows and ASP.NET applications. The class library, the other main component of the .NET Framework, is an object-oriented collection of reusable components that you can use to develop applications for both Windows and the Web.

ASP.NET is therefore the required environment that supports developers who use the .NET Framework to develop Web-based applications. Many websites are already up to speed with .NET technology and fully ready for this switch.

What is an ASP.NET File?

ASP.NET file is just like an HTML file. This file can contain HTML, XML, and scripts. Scripts in an ASP.NET file executed on the server. An ASP.NET file has the file extension “.aspx”.

How Does ASP.NET Work?

When a browser requests an HTML file, the server returns the file. But when a browser requests an ASP.NET file, IIS passes the request to the ASP.NET engine on the server. The ASP.NET engine reads the file, line by line, and executes the scripts in the file. Finally, the ASP.NET file returned to the browser as plain HTML.

System Requirements

* Windows 2000, Windows XP, Window 2003, or Windows Vista
* Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
* 5Mb free disk space
* Recommended: Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 or Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2005 Express

How to Install ASP.NET?

Once you have created the Windows installer file (.msi file), then installing the ASP.NET application on the target servers is very easy. You just need to do is to double-click on the .msi file from the Windows explorer. This will open the setup wizard, which will take you through the installation steps.

After installing the application, you can see the ASP.NET application in the Start – > Settings – > Control Panel – > Add/Remove Programs on your computer. From here, you can run the setup program to uninstall the application any time you want to uninstall that.