Moving onto ASP.NET 2.0

In a recent article, Scott Mitchell, founder of www.4guysfromrolla.com and one of my favorite writers says:

“The one constant in the field of computer science is change. Each month, it seems like, new technologies arise, old ones fall out of favor. New techniques for accomplishing the same old things arise. A new thing comes around, making the old thing seem less exciting. Let’s face it – if you want a job that is static, one that you can completely master once and not need to continually learn new things, then anything even remotely technology involved is not a good career choice for you! Change in computer science, as with anything in life, is both good and bad. In the short run, change reduces your efficiency, as you have to relearn techniques and master new technologies. However, most change is beneficial in the long run, as the new thing, whatever it may be, is usually superior to the old thing in a myriad of ways.



That being said, for those of us who have worked with ASP.NET now for the past several years, another change is in the winds, moving from ASP.NET 1.x to ASP.NET 2.0. Fortunately, the downside of change is less than what it could be. Those who moved from classic ASP to ASP.NET no doubt would agree that such a transition involved a fairly steep learning curve. The move to ASP.NET 2.0 from ASP.NET 1.x is going to be easier because the underlying fundamentals between the two are the same. However, there are a slew of new things coming forward with ASP.NET 2.0. A whole lotta new things.”



I totally agree to Scott on that, however, having come across hundreds of articles since the release of ASP.NET 2.0 and despite using Visual Web Developer for a couple of months now, I have not yet moved onto ASP.NET 2.0 seriously (what a pity!).



But there is hope, I am looking forward to attending a Microsoft MSDN Roadshow on February 5, 2005, which will cover ASP.NET 2.0 basics, I am also looking forward to getting my hands on the “ASP.NET 2.0 Beta Preview” book from Wrox press very soon. So hopefully, in a few days time, I will take a nose dive into the ASP.NET 2.0.



Meanwhile, you can share with me your experience of ASP.NET 2.0, I will be happy to hear them. [Thanks]

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