ASP :- Active Server Pages .NET :- .NET FrameworkASP.NET
According to Wiki

ASP.NET is a server-side Web application framework designed for Web development to produce dynamic Web pages. It was developed by Microsoft to allow programmers to build dynamic web sites, web applications and web services. It was first released in January 2002 with version 1.0 of the .NET Framework, and is the successor to Microsoft’s Active Server Pages (ASP) technology.

So, simply, ASP.NET engine alters the aspx file (ASP.NET file extension is aspx), which contains some elements like TextBox, Label etc. and converts them to HTML control at the run time, before sending it to the user (browser).


ASP.NET was a successor to ASP. At initial stage of the release, ASP.NET was called ASP+.
Refer – ASP.NET (ASP+).

ASP.NET (originally called ASP+) is the next generation of Microsoft’s Active
Server Page
(ASP), a feature of their Internet Information Server (IIS).
Both ASP and ASP.NET allow a Web site builder to dynamically build Web pages on the fly by
inserting queries to a relational database in the Web page.


So, the idea was much transparent. ASP.NET was developed by introducing major enhancement to ASP. With the announcement of .NET Framework, ASP+ was renamed to ASP.NET, just to make it compatible with new .NET Nomenclature.

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Why .NET is .NET !!!


This was indeed asked by one interviewer to me, when I was in Final Year of my Engineering.


The full Form of .NET is Network Enabled Technologies.
.Net is a Framework, which can be used in the development of any kind of application like…

  • Desktop Application
  • Web Application
  • Mobile Application


So, let’s have a research on our main Topic.
According to Wikipedia

Microsoft started development of .NET Framework in the late 1990s, originally under the name of Next Generation Windows Services (NGWS). By late 2000 the first beta versions of .NET 1.0 were released.

According to my research, it seems to be a Marketing and Branding Decision taken by Microsoft at that time.

When John Gage joined Sun Microsystems, he is credited with creating the phrase “The Network is the Computer”. So, if we think that .NET refers to Network, then it would not be wrong, as it was considered to be Microsoft‘s reaction to that statement. However, Microsoft was one step ahead to define “that statement” in a very “Productive Way”, which was going to create a “Software Development Revolution”.

Another aspect of the research reveals that Microsoft thought .NET could lessen the .COM mania.

Technical Aspect

Let’s give a thought to the Technical Aspect of the Nomenclature.
With .NET, we can create Web Services. The Framework makes life easier to write and consume Web Services. In this way, it has enhanced the Internet in terms of what it was doing and signifies the term Network in .NET. Anyone can access the Service from any platform and consume data to do operations. That was the main theme.

What I think?

Really does not matter, right?
Anyway, the Nomenclature is believed to be a gimmick, still I can’t ignore the Technical Aspect.

What you think?

It matters a lot. So, put your thoughts on this topic. Let’s discuss and find out the mystery.