Examining ASP.NET Developers Disease

Alexander Beletsky recently discussed his frustration with what he has dubbed "ASP.NET developers disease". Alexander classifies this disease as the separation of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript from web development. With the creation of WebForms in ASP, Visual Basic programmers were easily able to create web applications. However, this was a time, as Beletsky explains, way before Web 2.0 and AJAX. Thus, the reliance upon WebForms has left those hinging to it (long-time ASP developers) severely lacking in web technologies. Not only are these infected programmers inept, they are also refusing to even acknowledge the importance of the core web technologies (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) in web development! With Microsoft’s push to become HTML 5 friendly and patch up its damaged relationship with developers, will there be more or less WebForms like repercussions for ASP developers?

There is no doubt that the Web has and will continue to evolve. This constant evolution requires that the technologies that power it be flexible. Without flexibility, technologies and standards get left behind to technologies and/or standards that are better suited for the next stage of the Web. Thus, Alexander argues, that WebForms has lost touch with what web applications are now. As an integral part of ASP, where does that leave Microsoft’s web programming language? Will Microsoft maintain ASP in a manner that truly stays with the current technologies and trends? Traditionally, close-sourced projects have failed to be as effective as this as strong community driven open-sourced projects.

The focus on ASP.NET MVC is certainly a positive. Separating the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (Views) from the ASP (Models and Controllers) will force developers to interact with web technologies. Microsoft’s push to get more acceptance in projects like Drupal will also help ASP programmers. Imagine an ASP version of Drupal or WordPress. Unlikely, yes, but Redmond would certainly desire a large mainstream open source project currently on PHP to also support ASP. Now, the ASP programmers will have to dig deep into web technologies to expand upon these types of tools.

Is ASP.NET developers disease real? Is it curable? Will it get better or worse? You be the doctor, and comment here. No PHD required.

Categorized as ASP

By Michael Marr

Michael Marr is a staff writer for WebProNews

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