ASP.NET is a comprehensive Web development platform that has been designed specifically for use with the Microsoft Windows operating system. As such, it has been architected to make maximally streamlined use of underlying Windows services and mechanisms, meaning that ASP.NET programs are as efficient to run as they are convenient for the seasoned and talented Windows programmers who comprise Buy Now Depot’s full-time software engineering staff to develop. ASP.NET was designed from the get-go as an integral ingredient of the vertically rich .Net platform that stands as one of the foremost jewels in Microsoft’s software engineering crown.

From the architectural perspective, ASP.NET is built from a programming model, an underlying infrastructure, and a litany of underlying services. The entire suite operates atop the HTTP protocol, meaning that it is able to take full advantage of the HTTP mechanisms that establish and maintain bidirectional communication and interoperation between the user’s browser and the server that actually hosts your website. As a result of this flexible and well-thought-out architecture, applications written atop the ASP.NET platform can be developed using a wide variety of powerful, object-oriented programming languages—including C#, Visual Basic.Net, JScript, and J#—in which Buy Now Depot’s worldwide engineering team possesses untold volumes of rich experience, whether replacing legacy systems or delivering never-before-seen functionalities.

By depending upon these standard programming languages, it is possible for ASP.NET applications to be generated in fully compiled form. This means that they are able to execute directly upon the bare hardware and enjoy immediate access to arithmetic operations, memory transfers, and device access. By way of contrast, many other Web development platforms—while seemingly convenient as programming media—rely almost entirely upon lengthy tracts of “byte code” that serve as “scripts” to be executed by a separate piece of software that so introduces unnecessary wastage of time, not to mention organizational complexity and clutter. The graphical components that constitute the bread and butter of your website are represented on disk or in the cloud in the form of .aspx files. Each such file is considered a specification for a distinct ASP.NET class, which inherits its fundamental properties and behaviors from the underlying class hierarchy of the encyclopedic .Net infrastructure.

Two distinct halves of ASP.NET exist side-by-side and interoperate in close and parallel synchrony. These halves are the ASP.NET forms model and the ASP.NET component model. The forms model relates to ASP.NET’s use of the underlying HTTP protocol, a natural vehicle for implementing the event-driven model of page and form interaction. At the same time, the tight integration of ASP.NET with the HTTP message suite makes it quick and easy for your application to maintain and track both session states—where your clients have browsed and what they have done—and page states—including display option and form variable settings. By way of contrast to the forms model, ASP.NET’s component model provides the fundamental building blocks of which the individual pages of your application are constructed. The model implements server-side counterparts, so to speak, of all of the elements and tags that you have come to associate with traditional HTML forms that support the classical interaction model. It also provides server-side controls that facilitate the construction of ornately detailed user interfaces. An example of such a control is the Calendar control, which interweaves a surprisingly broad and deep set of constituent controls in order to present what the user perceives as a semantically unified and logically consistent whole.

The combination of the disciplined programming language contexts made available to ASP.NET and its rich, built-in mechanistic apparatus enables Buy Now Depot to build rich interactive Web applications that are data-driven and can seamlessly incorporate arbitrarily complex business logic behind a surprisingly clean and spare graphical user interface (GUI). The apparatus of ASP.NET consists of a wide variety of controls, alternatively known by the term “widgets” in the X-Windows world hosted atop UNIX and Linux. These controls include menus, text boxes, labels, buttons, and all of the associated embellishments that one might expect, including scroll bars, spin buttons, and pop-up sub-windows. The rich variety of these controls and, more importantly, the thoughtful manner in which ASP.NET has organized and presented them makes it a snap for Buy Now Depot to synthesize, manipulate, and configure sophisticated corpora of code that implement first-class websites that will firmly set you head and shoulders above your competitors. Let us summon this exciting and powerful technology—which packages the best and brightest capabilities that the genius of Microsoft Windows is able to provide—for you, attracting and retaining customers to your site rather than the other guy’s and turning even the casual visitor into a repeat customer.