Migrating from Classic ASP to ASP.NET - equivalent objects and classes

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Having spent some time familiarising oneself with the objects available in Classic ASP, it can be tricky sometimes to find the .NET framework equivalent. Here's a guide.

Classic ASP .NET Framework
Scripting.FileSystem System.IO
MSXML3.ServerXmlHttp System.Net.HttpWebRequest
CDO System.Net.Mail
Scripting.Dictionary System.Collections
ADODB.Connection[1] System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection
ADODB.Command[2] System.Data.SqlClient.SqlCommand
ADODB.RecordSet[3] System.Data.DataSet
rs.NextRecordSet[4] DataSet.DataTables(1)
Command.Execute[5] Command.ExecuteScalar
Scripting.TextStream System.IO.SteamWriter
Response[6] HttpContext.Current.Response
Request HttpContext.Current.Request
Application HttpContext.Current.Application
Session HttpContext.Current.Session

[1] In ADO.NET, the Connection object is provider specific, unlike the generic ADO Connection object
[2] In ADO.NET, the Command object is provider specific, unlike the generic ADO Command object
[3] There is no real equivalent to a RecordSet object in ADO.NET. The DataSet is a disconnected in-memory container for data, which is held in DataTables. The DataReader is akin to a forward-only, read-only RecordSet.
[4] Methods and collection of the Response, Request, Session, Application etc objects can be referenced in ASP.NET in exactly the same way as in Classic ASP, where the reference is within the web form derived from Page. If the flow of control leaves this area, the static property Current on the HttpContext class can be used. This can be seen where the current page's querystring values are referenced from a static method in this nugget of code for paging articles.
[5] ExecuteScalar returns a one row, one column result. Usually used with aggregates like SELECT Count(ID) AS TheCount. ExecuteReader is used to return a DataReader containing the records to be processed. ExecuteNonQuery is used for INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE operations where no return value is expected.
[6] Multiple RecordSets returned in a DataSet occupy separate DataTables. The DataTables can be iterated over using their ordinal index. The DataReader offers a NextResult method which moves to the, well, next result.

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- syam

Good work. Very usefull information for .net beginner who knows classic ASP like me. Thank you.

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