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Microsoft commissioned VeriTest, the testing division of Lionbridge Technologies, to measure the potential improvements in developer productivity realized between the development platforms of ASP and ASP.NET 2.0.

The results:

  • ASP.NET 2.0 developers accomplished 113% more tasks in the same amount of time as ASP developers.
  • ASP.NET 2.0 developers created web content pages up to 357% faster than ASP developers.

I have a couple of comments on the results. First, why was there no group of ASP.NET 1.1 developers? I am sure a lot of people would have liked to see this comparison to help decide or convince their boss to move to the next version of ASP.NET. Second, the stored procedure numbers seem a lot odd. The 2.0 crew must have been generating them. Which also leads me to believe there was a lot of drag and drop and no business layer. If there had been a required business layer, I am sure the .NET scores would blow away the ASP scores. Anybody remember the pains of COM?

Here are average times it took each task:

Specification 2.0 ASP
Home Page 3.71 3.00
Summary Page 2.59 2.00
Article Page 0.49 2.25
Login Page 1.44 3.13
Registration Page 2.72 6.50
Recently-Viewed Page 1.86 1.13
Administration Page 2.38 2.00
Details Page 1.81 1.13
Error Page 0.63 0.00
Shared Page Elements 5.33 3.63
Stored Procedures 1.40 6.00
Database Security 0.43 1.13
Security Roles 0.71 0.25
Authentication Tickets 0.25 0.25
Membership Database 1.04 2.25

Each task was also scored, which overall the .NET team did much better.

Get the full results of the study and see the application they were building here.

Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2006 6:00 AM ASP.NET | Back to top


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