Are people still learning WebForms?

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  1. danparker276
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    Posted 10 Mar 2014 Link to this post

    This is just a general question, but when people are getting into asp.net, do people still learn webforms?  Seems like everyone is always bashing it, saying how much better MVC is.

    I think if you use RadScriptManager, RadWindowManger and telerik grids, there's is nothing better for creating a fast LOB web app.  You can even put Web API into a webforms website and make client side calls to it.  The thing is, I don't want to keep writing Webform sites if no one knows webforms anymore.

    I think for writing pages that will also be used in mobile, HTML5/javascript pages and node.js and client/server instead of MVC is the future.
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    Jeff
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    Posted 11 Mar 2014 in reply to danparker276 Link to this post

    Hey Dan,

    I agree with you - web forms is a great platform to learn.  The capability to quickly develop a line-of-business web application cannot be understated.  At Telerik, we continue to develop and support innovative new controls and features to make that type of application easier than ever to build.  

    If you're interested in combining ASP.NET technologies, I've written a white paper that describes how to best use these technologies together.  It's called "Web Forms, MVC, Web API, SignalR. How can I choose just ONE?"

    Finally, you should also know - we are adding new rendering options for all of our controls so that you can get a great mobile experience in your ASP.NET web applications with little extra effort.  Check out our new Responsive Web Demo to learn more about how the Telerik ASP.NET controls can help solve the mobile problem.

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  4. danparker276
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    Posted 11 Mar 2014 in reply to Jeff Link to this post

    I know webforms very well, but it's not a good language to learn if no one is going to use it anymore.  How are we supposed to have faith in Web API when Azure and the people at MS use Node.js and use Javascript instead of XAML for their apps?

    Your new rendering options are great, but I feel like I'm going to get Sinofsky-ed like with Silverlight if I don't start programming in node.js
  5. Jeff
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    Posted 12 Mar 2014 in reply to danparker276 Link to this post

    Microsoft certainly is using XAML for their Bing apps in addition to JavaScript.  The direction they are leading us, with portable class libraries being shared between WinPhone, WPF, and WinForms applications is a tremendous thing.  They have already hinted at Windows Phone and Windows growing closer together with a common kernel being used in both operating systems.

    As an ASPInsider and a Microsoft MVP with some knowledge of the ASP.NET roadmap, I can tell you that web forms is a solid framework with which to build your web applications.  They have not made any enhancements to WPF in a few years, and it is experiencing a resurgence in popularity.  

    Microsoft is expanding their web development offerings to meet the needs of today and tomorrow's web developer.  As we enter the Spring 2014 conference season, I expect to see and hear some new things for ASP.NET at a Microsoft event soon.

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