Differences Between ASP.NET Web Forms and ASP.NET MVC
ASP.NET, Microsoft''s first serious solution to building full-scale web sites, was able to produce a sizeable portion of first generation sites through the use of Web Forms. Later, Microsoft introduced ASP.NET MVC which gave developers more control over their code and more flexibility to interact with other frameworks.
There may very well be large-scale sites in production that have been time-tested and are still performing well with Web Forms, yet the requests for new features are becoming increasingly complex. In some cases, ASP.NET MVC offers developers an easier paradigm in which to provide a requested change. So what are the differences between ASP.NET Web Forms and ASP.NET MVC, and more importantly, are the differences so great that developers cannot mix the two paradigms together?
There are a multitude of reasons why programmers still need to consider whether Web Forms and MVC are compatible with each other. Perhaps a complete re-write of a production site is in progress. Those with large legacy systems may need to proceed in stages with their re-write so the two paradigms need to perform side by side until the transformation is complete. Others want to add some functionality to their current web site, yet do not want to perform a complete re-write as doing so would make their system incompatible with third-party vendor software.
The development environment is always in a perpetual state of flux. Providing a stable production system while transitioning to new and better software tools is always a challenge, but a managed conversion is possible with ASP.NET tools. For more information on the use of ASP.NET, Web Forms and MVC, please contact us.