ASP.NET Resource Kit and Migration Guides Provide New Opportunities
For Enterprise Customers
Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT)today announced
the availability of additional tools and resources for developers building Web
applications. The Microsoft(R) ASP.NET Resource Kit provides a wealth of
resources that include tools, tutorials and samples to help new developers learn
ASP.NET. For developers who currently use ASP.NET or other existing Web
technologies, the Resource Kit provides new controls and components, discounts
on ASP.NET training, and great deals on ASP.NET Web hosting. The ASP.NET
Migration Center on MSDN(R) includes the newly released ASP to ASP.NET and PHP
to ASP.NET Migration Guides, which will help developers by providing
documentation, samples and utilities to help them use existing technology
investments while upgrading to ASP.NET.
“We’re very excited to see the
growing excitement for ASP.NET. The free tools and resources provided with the
ASP.NET Resource Kit and ASP.NET Migration Guides will make it even easier for
developers to get started with ASP.NET while leveraging their existing skills
and investments,” said Scott Guthrie, product unit manager for ASP.NET at
Microsoft. “It’s great to see developers in enterprises of all sizes all over
the world benefit from the increased productivity, reliability and performance
ASP.NET Resource Kit: Enabling Opportunity for Developers
The ASP.NET Resource Kit includes the popular ASP.NET Web
Matrix, a free tool to build ASP.NET applications, and the ASP.NET Starter Kits,
a set of five prebuilt applications complete with source code that are being
used by thousands of developers to build their Web sites.
training and discounted classroom training from selected developer-focused
Microsoft Certified Technical Education Centers (CTECs) are also part of the
resource kit. In addition, the Information Management Group Inc. is offering
$300 off its ASP.NET Online Training courses, and nine hours of training from
Application Developers Training Co. (AppDev) with a retail value of $285 are
offered free of charge.
Five leading Web hosters in the United States,
Canada and Europe are offering services for $10 a month, which includes
Microsoft SQL Server(TM) database support. Verio Inc., myhosting.com, Internet
Fr, DiscountASP.NET and Hostbasket are the first of many to offer these valuable
resources to customers.
Some market-leading control vendor partners
are offering free controls to ASP.NET developers:
* ComponentOne Studio
for ASP.NET offers a comprehensive suite of grid, reporting, charting, data,
user-interface and eCommerce ASP.NET (Web Forms) components for enterprise-style
Web-based application development.
* Infragistics WebGrid, part of
NetAdvantage 2004, offers an advanced grid with true hierarchical bound and
unbound modes, providing a server-side element with a rich-client look in
* IP*Works! CC ICharge component provides an
easy-to-use interface for communicating with major Internet payment aggregators
(payment gateways). As a true .NET component, ICharge can be easily integrated
into ASP.NET applications and provides a fast and easy solution for businesses
that need to accept credit cards.
* Sax.net Security for ASP.NET enables
users to protect their servers from automated programs. A Web page that contains
the Sax.net Human Verification Component acts as a virtual gatekeeper that
ensures only real people, not automated programs, fill out forms on a site.
telerik r.a.d.rotator and r.a.d.spell components include r.a.d.rotator, a
multipurpose component for DHTML content rotation and personalization. From
stock tickers and news scrollers to product spotlights, weather forecasts,
testimonials, running promotions and banner ads, r.a.d.rotator delivers high
interactivity and user involvement. telerik r.a.d.spell enables developers to
add multilingual spell-checking capabilities to their ASP.NET
Migrating Applications to the Power of
Microsoft also launched the MSDN ASP.NET Migration Center,
providing information and tools developers need to move skills and technology
investments to the Microsoft .NET Framework and ASP.NET. The center includes the
previously announced JSP to ASP.NET Migration Guide and the new ASP to ASP.NET
and PHP to ASP.NET Migration Guides jointly developed with ArtinSoft. These
Migration Guides include free utilities to help migrate ASP code and PHP code to
ASP.NET and speed the migration project by automatically converting portions of
code. A migration guide, white papers and code samples also are provided to
assist in project conversion.
Enterprise Customers Betting Business on
Microsoft recently announced that Match.com LP, a top 25 Web
site, has joined a growing list of new customer implementations built on
Microsoft technologies that are reaching new heights of business value.
Match.com used Visual Studio(R) .NET 2003 and ASP.NET running on Windows
Server(TM) 2003 to update its transaction-intensive Web site, enabling it to
eliminate close to 60 servers, double its Web site performance and maximize
developer productivity. ASP.NET has given Match.com the agility and flexibility
needed to create a site that facilitates thousands of connections among its
users each year.
HSN, an operating business of IAC/InterActive Corp., is
the world’s most widely recognized television shopping network. When customers
come to HSN.com, it’s often to buy products they’ve seen on a Home Shopping
Network television show. To respond to the growing traffic on the Web site, the
team at HSN.com implemented the site with ASP.NET, Visual C#(R) .NET and SQL
NASDAQ.com is the public Web site of the world’s largest
electronic screen-based securities market. Difficult market conditions made it
important for NASDAQ.com to reduce costs, without sacrificing the dependable,
high- performance user experience that makes the site an asset to the NASDAQ
stock market. NASDAQ.com has found that it could meet that challenge, as well as
cut costs, increase dependability and improve service to users, by upgrading its
Web server infrastructure to the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating system.
Using Microsoft ASP.NET also contributes to the better performance of
NASDAQ.com. In addition, being able to write ASP.NET reduces development
The ASP.NET Resource Kit is available for
download free of charge from http://www.msdn.microsoft.com/asp.net/asprk.
Developers can also order a copy of the Resource Kit on CD for a small shipping
and handling fee.
The MSDN ASP.NET Migration Center and the ASP to
ASP.NET and PHP to ASP.NET Migration Guides are located at
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