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Interested in ASP.NET for your startup?

A question I ask Microsoft people frequently is: what are you doing to promote your tools in the Web 2.0 world / to help SaaS startups use your technologies?
I saw two posts today that, while not answering this question, seem to me like progress:

ASP.NET 2.0 Training Center

Microsoft (and CMP and O’Reilly and Dr. Dobb’s) have rolled out the ASP.NET 2.0 Training Center. This is to help PHP / JSP / ColdFusion developers learn about .NET. This looks like a great resource for developers to learn about the capabilities of .NET. If you are a developer using one of these other technologies, check it out. There is a free copy of Visual Studio 2005 Standard in it for you if you view 3 webinars.

Obviously, this is a great tactic to get non-.NET users to see what ASP.NET has to offer — I’m sure they’ll get plenty of free-riders too 😉

I found out about this from an O’Reilly post (see ASP.Net on a Roll). According to them, ASP.NET 2.0 is gaining leverage (as measured by book sales). Good news for Microsoft and for developers. ASP.NET is really a great way to build Web sites and services. I personally much prefer this to PHP, for example. Scripting languages are fine, but I’m in the strong-typing camp. And now since ASP.NET 2.0 can recompile your code on the server, it takes away a major scripting advantage.

Microsoft Startup Zone

In Microsoft Startup Zone Launches, Don Dodge announces the new Microsoft Startup Zone, sort of a portal into Microsoft’s Emerging Business Team. This site is full of resources for startup companies. While I still would like to see a partner program for SaaS startups, this site is worth a visit if you want to see what Microsoft has to offer emerging companies.

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    Jim Benson wrote @ March 6th, 2006 at 7:37 am

Measured by book sales …. I own three ASP.NET books and have one ASP site ( But haven’t continued with ASP.NET because it is difficult to create good code with it. It’s powerful and does interesting things – but comments and annotation are still a challenge. That makes it challenging for a distributed team to easily maintain code not written by the maintaining group member.

So, according to book sales, I’m a lot more interested in ASP.NET than I actually am.

    Robert W. Anderson wrote @ March 6th, 2006 at 8:21 am

O’Reilly lists some defence of their book sales argument on their page, I think.

ASP.NET 2.0 is better for teams working on projects together (my guess is that is ASP.NET 1.1); however, what are you comparing it against for comments and annotation?

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