Created by Microsoft as a development platform for creating dynamic web sites, applications and services, ASP.NET offers several advantages to the developer, including the ability to use object-oriented design. In addition, because the common language runtime allows for multiple languages, coding can be done in the developer’s choice of C#, VB.net, Chrome, and several other options.
There are two ways to build Web applications with ASP.NET; with web forms, or with MVC (model view controller). The MVC architecture divides an app into three different components: model, view, and controller, providing an alternative to the web forms pattern. Both types of development are useful and lightweight, and integrated with all existing ASP.NET features. MVC, a standard design pattern, lends itself to development of certain types of web applications, while traditional ASP.NET is more useful for applications based on web forms. Both approaches are useful and not mutually exclusive.
The MVC framework has the advantage of dividing the application to make it easier to manage, and providing better control over the behavior of an application. It has strong support for a test-driven development model, and works well for apps that are supported by larger development teams.
Web-based development on the other hand, preserves state over HTTP, which is more useful in business-focused app development. It also uses a Page Controller pattern, which lends itself to adding functionality to individual pages. It works better in smaller development teams, and because of the large number of components available, is well suited to rapid application development situations. It is the less complex option, since the components are already well integrated, and require less coding than MVC.
In addition to scalability, the ASP.NET platform gives programmers more tools and features to create a comprehensive and well-integrated app. As it is well-suited to commercial e-commerce app development, developers are able to integrate best practices and to create an environment that can handle a large volume of transactions on a daily basis. Applications will also enjoy a high degree of device interoperability, and of course, development is always cost-effective. In addition to e-commerce applications, ASP.NET is often used in developing business applications such as CRM and other enterprise resource planning applications.