Developed by Microsoft, ASP.NET is an open source web framework to produce dynamic web pages. This framework allows developers and programmers to build robust website and enterprise-level applications. ASP.NET develops modern web apps and services to create websites based on HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript which offer scalability and high performance.

Released in 2002 as a successor to Microsoft's Active Server Pages (ASP) technology, ASP.NET allows programmers to write code with relevant supported .Net Language.

While millions of developers continue to use ASP.NET 4.x to create web apps, ASP.NET Core is redesign of ASP.NET with architectural changes resulting in a leaner and modular framework.

ASP.NET Core provides the following benefits:

  • Open-source and community centric
  • Unified way to build web UI and web APIs
  • Architected for testability
  • Razor Pages to ensure coding page-focused scenarios easier and more productive
  • Develop and run on Windows, macOS, and Linux
  • Integration of modern, client-side frameworks and development workflows
  • Cloud-ready, environment-based configuration system
  • Built-in dependency injection
  • Lightweight, high-performance, and modular
  • Side-by-side app versioning when targeting .NET Core
  • Simplify modern web development

In order to provide effective ASP.NET application development services, several web development companies are now using cutting-edge tools to develop custom web applications. There are several ASP.NET tools aimed at making developers’ lives easier. It is important to select tool based on your project objectivity, goals and technical expertise.

Here is the list of top ASP.Net tools for Developers

Web Platform Installer

The Microsoft Web Platform Installer is a free tool that makes it simple to download, install and stay updated with the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform, including SQL Server Express, .NET Framework and Visual Studio.

WebPI provides installation workflow for installing open source web applications and web platform technologies. It makes it easy to run the most popular free web applications for blogging, content management and more with the built-in Windows Web Application Gallery.

Web Essentials A Visual Studio extension

Web Essentials extends Visual Studio providing several features for web developers. Right from CSS, HTML, JavaScript, TypeScript, CoffeeScript or LESS, you will find many useful features that make life as a developer easier.


Launched in 2010, NuGet is a free and Open Source package manager exclusively designed for Microsoft development platform. NuGet has continued to evolve into a larger ecosystem of tools and services as NuGet client tools provides the ability to consume packages. NuGet defines how packages are created, hosted, consumed and provides tools for these roles.


Exclusively designed and built for the Windows NT platform, Chocolatey is a machine-level package manager and installer for software packages. It is an execution engine using the NuGet packaging infrastructure and Windows PowerShell to provide an automation tool for installing software on Windows machines aimed to simplify the process from the user perspective.


LINQPad allows testing LINQ queries or any C#/F#/Visual Basic program. As a platform for prototyping & instant feedback, this tool comes with built-in features such as debugger and autocomplete. LINQ brings an end to clutter in source code folder in Visual Studio Console. It is an essential tool for experimenting with LINQ and testing code snippets before they are introduced into your code.

.NET Reflector

.NET Reflector is a decompiler and static analyzer for .NET framework, helping you understand and debug your .NET code, including third-party components, even if you don’t have any documentation or comments.


NDepend is a Visual Studio extension mainly for static code analysis. This tool is very useful when it comes to optimizing code and helps you measure your code quality using different metrics, to visualize its design and to accurately estimate technical depth, right within the IDE. It also provides a custom querying language to examine application’s coupling, as well as analyzing how well you confirm to standards.


SQLComplete is a productivity tool that enhances the SQL Server Management Studio with useful features, including tab coloring, script generation, navigation, and more. Fully customizable, SQL Complete improves code quality, as well as simplify the process of creating SQL queries with the following features: Context-based code completion, Code completion for CTE, Managing aliases, Suggestions of objects, Code highlighting and more.


ReSharper provides features such as code quality analysis. This tool not only identifies problems in code, but also solves problems automatically. Automated solution-wide code refactorings can help change code base. Be it revitalizing legacy code or project structure, ReSharper comes across as an effective solution.


ASP.NET is now helping companies take a leap in enterprise web app development. With continuous improvements, ASP.NET is turning out to be the prime choice among large organizations to build their web apps.

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