A look back at the ASP.NET site through the years

While writing up the release post for the new ASP.NET website, I started thinking about the site's changed over the years, and that lead me on a brief excursion through the Wayback Machine history of the ASP.NET home page.  Here are some highlights:

Prior to 2001, the site was owned by ASP Computer Products, who appear to have been marketing an External Pocket Print Server for Fast Ethernet. Sadly, I missed my opportunity to go see it at Comdex 2000.

The first ASP.NET related page available is in 2001, and it's pretty much just a splash page.

ASP.NET site - original

By 2002, the site had daily articles, Forums, Tutorials, a Control Gallery, and was advertising Web Matrix - the first one, built to help develop ASP.NET Web Forms.

ASP.NET Site - 2002

2005 saw some big changes in November, for the release of Visual Studio 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0. I fondly remember that release - it was huge! I drove from San Diego to San Francisco to attend an early adopter training week, then spent a good year trying to get my company to buy into updating some of our sites to ASP.NET 2.0.

ASP.NET site - 2005

In 2007, there was an update which brought in the blue color as well as the rounded corners and gradients I was complaining about earlier.

ASP.NET site - 2007

After that, thing didn't change much until March 2010, our previous release.

ASP.NET - Home - New

And of course, our newest release just went live today, December 1, 2011.

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  • Wow -- I wonder how long they ran that site on top of Sharepoint (see the 2002 example). The mere thought of it makes me shudder.

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