ASP.NET MVC vs Web Forms: the Tussle of Giants

August 15th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

There is always a case where an heir apparent; a prodigy rises to the level of its predecessor and challenges its reign. An apt analogy of such as instance would be ASP.NET, where Web Forms is the traditional web development standard challenged by the surging rise of ASP.NET MVC. An ASP.NET development company might face this challenge when undertaking a project of major scale, as each has its own advantages. Bear in mind, they are not replacements; just two different ways of accomplishing web development using ASP.NET.

Leveraging the Microsoft platform, Web Forms offer rapid development, a rich UI and leaner familiarization time frames for new developers. Incorporating the popular WYSIWYG principle, Web Forms ensure that the development environment is a breeze even if you hire ASP.NET developers lacking substantial experience. But, this has its flip sides too. Maintenance, testing and performance might not exactly be top notch, thus failing to comply with the current dynamic requirements of the .NET development fraternity.

In ASP.NET MVC, we have an open source programming paradigm that is part of the .NET framework from Microsoft.  We all know that a Model-View-Controller (MVC) approach goes a long way towards simplifying web development. The UI of an application is handled by the View part of the framework, HTTP requests are handled by the Controller and the Model integrates the database connectivity and business logic. These distinct responsibilities are what set the ASP.NET MVC apart as it enabled parallel development. In programming terms, this is separation of concerns and allows the implementation of the DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) principle. Reduction in the size of web.config files leads to reduction in validation timeframes allowing quicker compilation via the adoption of convention over configuration. Testing is another area where MVC comes up trumps, as writing automation test scripts in Web Forms is cumbersome. ViewState support for tracking the control state between HTTP requests is also supported by ASP.NET MVC. With options such as URL routing and posting form data, the need for ViewState might be eliminated altogether with MVC.

On the other hand, if you have been an ASP.NET Web Forms developer, migrating to the MVC architecture might take you some time as the learning curve is rather steep. Web Forms provide Server Controls that simplify development and also offers creation of custom user controls. An MVC does not use the runat=”server” tag and if you were to need it, the design would require rework. SEO is easier and more effective using the ASP.NET MVC architecture.

So, are you ready to make your choice? We can help you do so. Being a web application development company with extensive experience in ASP.NET development, we specialize in providing offshore .NET development services that are not just state-of-the-art, but cost effective too. You can hire ASP.NET developers from us who are primed to design, develop and deploy the perfect web application that suits your requirements to the T. As an ASP.NET development company, it is out promise to deliver on all your expectations, 100% and more.

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