It was in 1996 when Microsoft first unveiled its classic Active Server Pages known as classic ASP. This construe script contained unstructured code that wasn’t easy to write. Debugging and maintenance were also quite difficult tasks to perform. A classic ASP app used to become more complex when some applications had an enhanced size. It occurred because of distasteful mixing of code, formatting and content. The maintenance and development costs were very high because of spaghetti code.

Now things have changed quite dramatically after the revelation of ASP.NET. This new web development platform from Microsoft offers services and structure require to create different web applications of almost all sizes. The productivity can greatly increase with the division of the presentation and application coding. With compiled code, performance can be increased manifold. Reliability can also be boosted with the .Net Framework library routine programming language. It also consumes less time and proves very cost effective because of less development cost.  ASP .NET has made things a lot easier and now multi-disciplined, highly trained programmers are not required for every project. Another nice thing is a simple and easy to use model which has significantly replaced maintaining and debugging ASP nightmare. The things, which were quite complex and expensive in the past, now can be done with lot of ease.

Server controls and web forms coding with robust languages like C# and Visual Basic .NET. It carries nice coding practices into effect and demolishes the utilization of unstructured code.  With ASP.NET programmers can create attractive and consistent websites for the users and these websites can be easily modified for better search engine rankings.

An Event-driven, Object-oriented platform:

ASP.NET has proved an event-driven, object-oriented web development platform. With loads of improvements and enhancements, developing highly effective, dynamic websites was never as easy as it has become now. For these benefits, most programmers and developers reckon it a really gripping and undeniable platform. Developers can develop scalable and effective website with least required coding. With controls and web forms, developers are provided with RAD platform for developing different kinds of web applications. .Net Visual Basic Programmers find moving to ASP.NET quite easier, as they find the same VB programming model and environment. Data display, user input validation and files uploading are all very easy to do. The pages created using ASP.NET can nicely work in all browsers that include Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Netscape and IE.

With popular drag and drop techniques, developers are able to visually create ASP.NET forms while enjoying code support like color-coding and statement completion. Visual Studio .NET also offers great support simple operation and debugging of web applications based on this language.

Some Renowned Features:

  • Simple HTML style development with least coding from Server Controls
  • Support for different programming languages
  • Allows programmers to force C# or Visual Basic.Net skills for web coding.
  • Reduced maintenance and fixes with event-driven and object-oriented models
  • Improved Performance and scalability of web applications
  • No writing mess in hidden fields
  • Considerable decrease in the number of codes require to develop greater applications
  • Automatic detection and recovery of memory leaks and deadlocks
  • Easy deployment as registration of any component is not required. Deployment can be done just by copying the web pages to the server.

Because of ASP.Net scalability, many large companies are using ASP.Net these days that include Costco, Dell, Lego, MySpace, Newegg, Monster, HSN, NHS and even London Stock Exchange.

Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1

Those lighthouse customers that tested Windows 7 initial upgrade and Windows Server 2008 R2 should install a security update, which is designed to fix the vulnerabilities in the ASP.NET that other Windows users also had to face during the last month.

This security update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1 is available for Windows 7 SPI Beta and Windows Server 2008 R2 SPI Beta as well as. .NET Framework4 fixes can also be downloaded from Microsoft Download centre.

During the last month, MS10-070 [Security Bulletin] was released by Microsoft that plugged the security issues in ASP.NET. The security issues concerning ASP. NET was publicly known. It also affected almost all the versions of .NET software which was developed after 3.5 SP1.

Microsoft is known to fix vital vulnerabilities in the software that are still in progress. But now it seems that the software giant has adopted a different strategy to tackle this new situation.  The company had to offer Window 7 SP1 update while it was still in Beta.

According to Microsoft, “The vulnerability could allow information disclosure. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could read data, such as the view state, which was encrypted by the server.”

“This vulnerability can also be used for data tampering, which, if successfully exploited, could be used to decrypt and tamper with the data encrypted by the server. Microsoft .NET Framework versions prior to Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 are not affected by the file content disclosure portion of this vulnerability.”

The Silicon Valley based company says that ASP .NET vulnerability occurred because of the improper handling of the errors that appeared in the verification of encryption padding.

This vulnerability in .NET Framework 3.5 SPI will give the hackers the opportunity to get hold of any content found in ASP .NET application.  Web.config file is also included in them.