ASP.NET supports three different development models:
Web Pages, MVC (Model View Controller), and Web Forms:
Single Pages Model
Model View Controller
Event Driven Model
Simplest ASP.NET model.
Similar to PHP and classic ASP.
Built-in templates and helpers for database, video, graphics, social media and more.
MVC separates web applications into 3 different components:
Models for data
Views for display
Controllers for input
The traditional ASP.NET event driven development model:
Web pages with added server controls, server events, and server code.
If you are new to ASP.NET, Web Pages is the perfect place to start.
Web Pages is the easiest development model for developing ASP.NET web sites.
You will also learn how to extend your web pages with programmable Web Helpers, including database, video, graphics, social networking and much more.
MVC is a model for building web applications using a MVC (Model View Controller) design.
If you want a lighter alternative to traditional ASP.NET, MVC is the place to start.
In our MVC tutorial you will learn how to build web applications using a lightweight development model, integrated with all existing ASP.NET features, such as Master Pages, Security, and Authentication.
Web Forms is the traditional ASP.NET model, based on event driven Web Forms and post backs.
Over the years, developers have used ASP.NET Web Forms to create many of the largest websites in the world.
If you want to study the design model used by many web developers over the last 10 years, this is the place to start.
The tutorials above are for anyone who wants to learn to build websites on the Microsoft ASP.NET platform, from hobby-related sites, to new, modern, and fully commercial webs.
Even if you are new to web programming, you should be able to follow the tutorials, but it will help if you have a basic understanding of HTML and CSS.
Do you have a preference for VB over C#? Do you want to learn both languages? The good news are: In the W3Schools tutorials most code examples are in both languages.
If you are a professional web developer with prior ASP.NET experience, you can still learn a lot, since these tutorials covers a lot of new ASP.NET concepts, like HTML5, CSS3, JQuery, and more.