ASP.NET was devised in the late 1990s at a time when many companies in various industry sectors were rapidly discovering the Internet. The primary goal of ASP.NET was to make it possible for developers to build applications quickly and effectively without having to deal with low-level details such as – HTTP, HTML, and JavaScript.

.NET Framework, .NET Core, .NET Standard, and .NET Native are related and overlapping platforms for developers to build .NET applications.