Revealing 4 Powerful Features of ASP.NET 4.5

Microsoft released the first version of the ASP.NET way back on January 16, 2002. And since then, there’s been no stopping. With the versatility of tools and features, ASP.NET Framework offers, the ASP.NET developers across the companies working on .NET technology have been successfully leveraging the same to build dynamic web applications, web sites, and web services. ASP.NET Framework 4.5, released in August’12, has garnered widespread support and popularity as highly scalable web applications can be quickly developed and deployed in a managed environment. Here’re the top four features of ASP.NET 4.5 stacked up for you to capitalize the gamut of advantages it incorporates. Have a look!

Bundling & Minification

Bundling is the latest feature in ASP.NET 4.5 which lets you merge or wrap multiple files into a single one. You can also create different files for JavaScript, CSS, and other bundles as well. Fewer the files, fewer the HTTP requests; minimizing Browser’s call for resources by getting bundled files in a single call. Minification performs code optimization tasks to cut down the size of called resourced. A few peculiar examples to demonstrate the same include removing unnecessary comments, white space, renaming the parameters, etc. There’s a significant improvement in the load performance of pages using bundling and minification.

Model Binding

This is another flexible feature that allows binding data to respective data controls is ASP.NET web forms. In other words, you can specify the Insert, Update, Delete, and Select methods directly in data controls which call the logic from the web form. One of the biggest advantages of Model Binding in ASP.NET 4.5 is that you can individually test the methods effortlessly. The features save you from writing the messy code to implement a data control like GridView or ListView, extract values from the control and populate the same in model object’s properties. You can implement the Model Binding feature in ASP.NET using the namespace ‘System.Web.ModelBinding’.

Support for WebSockets

You can now leverage the WebSockets in ASP.NET forms to perform duplex communication between the client browser and the web server using HTML5 web socket protocol. WebSocket can be implemented by using the namespace ‘System.Net.WebSocket’. The web sockets are native to the browser making them lightweight and easy to implement. A web socket has its own protocol and can easily bypass Proxy and Firewalls which enables easy streaming through any connection. Since the web sockets support duplex streaming, it doesn’t require separate connections for upstream and downstream. However, the limitation is that not all browsers deploy WebSockets currently.

Support for HTML5 Form Types

Many new input types have been added within HTML5 form types supported by ASP.NET 4.5. These input types incorporate:

  • Sliders
  • Number Spinner
  • Popup Calendar
  • Color Chooser
  • Autocompleting suggestion boxes
  • Range
  • URL
  • Search
  • Email

Wrap-up

Microsoft ASP.NET is a language and platform independent and interoperable technology. It provides built-in authentication to keep your applications secure. It provides cross-platform migration, vast class library, and less code to build an application. The above-stated are a few features of ASP.NET 4.5. The others include strongly typed data controls, value providers, Support for OpenID in OAuth Logins, support for improved paging in ASP.NET 4.5 GridView control & asynchronous programming, and ASP.NET Web API.

Ritesh Sutaria Author

Ritesh Sutaria holds over 15 years of experience in Product Engineering and leading an organization. He is a technical expert with sound knowledge on all Microsoft Technologies with a proven track record in technological developments for diverse customers' applications. He currently heads Prompt Softech as CTO (Chief Technical Officer) and looks after all the technical projects of the company.

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