Microsoft released ASP.NET 5 beta8 in October 2015. The roadmap and schedule announced by Microsoft further indicate that ASP.NET 5 will be officially released in Q1 2016. But based on the beta versions of the popular web framework, many programmers have started analysing the completely redesigned version of ASP.NET. Many bloggers even wonder if the upcoming version of the web framework can be still called ASP.NET. Personally, I feel that many developers who used to hate ASP.Net, will love to use ASP.Net 5. However, one can easily predict the future of ASP.NET based on the new features and enhancements included in its beta versions.

Why ASP.NET 5 will beat Other Web Frameworks in Future?

Open Source

A large percentage of modern businesses opt for open source web frameworks to curtail project overheads. The open source nature of the frameworks further contributes towards increasing their popularity. Microsoft has made ASP.NET 5 open source. So the businesses can now avail the completely revamped version of ASP.NET without increasing project overheads.


In addition to making it open source, Microsoft has also made ASP.NET 5 support multiple operating systems. The upcoming version of the web framework supports Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. The developers can simply use the cross-platform version of the runtime to create applications that run seamlessly on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

A Unified Programming Model

While using ASP.NET 4+, programmers have to use various programming models. The upcoming version of the framework will not allow developers to use Web Forms. But it comes with a single and unified programming model that includes MVC, Web Pages and Web API. Thus, the developers will use a single programming model to create web applications that can efficiently handle data services and web UIs. They can further scale and upgrade the application easily in further by switching from one programming model to another without handing issues related to duplication and inconsistencies.

Supported by a Modern Programming Language

After switching to ASP.NET 5, the programmers will be required to use a single programming language, i.e., C#. So they will miss the chance to write web applications in Visual Basic. But the programmers can easily switch from Visual Studio to C# using a number of code converters. Microsoft has further updated C# with a number of new features and enhancement to make it score over other modern programming languages. So the programmers can always use the latest version of C# to write high quality code.

Simplified Cloud Deployment

ASP.NET 5 further simplifies the process of deploying web applications in the cloud. It does not require programmers to store the configuration information exclusively in the web.config file. So the application can read and identify the configuration values according to the deployment environment. The redesigned system further allows application to request and read configuration values from a variety of sources including XML and JSON files. Also, the developers can take advantage of the custom configuration for the cloud-ready environment to develop web applications more efficiently.

Facilitate Dynamic Web Development

ASP.NET 5 will require programmers to write code in C# which is a compiled programming language. But they can use Visual Studio to experience the joy of working with an interpreted programming language. Visual Studio 2015 comes with features to enable users to check the impact of changes made to the code simply after refreshing the web browser. The programmers can make changes to the code, save the modified code, refresh the web browser, and see the impact of changes made to the code. Visual Studio 2015 further allows users to improve the code quality by using a number of code editors.

Option to Use Third-Party Tools

Visual Studio 2015 is also designed with built-in support for a number of commonly used and open source web development tools including Bower, Grunt and Gulp. The developers can use Bower as a package manager to manage CSS and JavaScript libraries more efficiently. Likewise, they can use both Grunt and Gulp as task runners to automate common web development activities like minification of JavaScript files, and compilation of CoffeeScript and TypeScript files. These tools make it easier for programmers to complete the front-end development smoothly, while using ASP.NET 5.

The upcoming version will help ASP.NET programmers to build a variety of modern web applications more rapidly. Also, the open source nature of ASP.NET will boost its popularity among small businesses and start-ups. On the whole, Microsoft has completely revamped ASP.NET to make it score over other modern web frameworks.